vol·​un·​teer·​ism | \ ˌvä-lən-ˈtir-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce volunteerism (audio) \

Definition of volunteerism

2 : the act or practice of doing volunteer work in community service

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He and former first lady Barbara Bush, who died in April, created the Points of Light Foundation for volunteerism in 1990. John Wagner, Washington Post, "‘So uncalled for’: George H.W. Bush’s former press secretary chides Trump for mocking ‘thousand points of light’," 6 July 2018 A decade ago, the Points of Light Foundation and HandsOn Network merged to strengthen efforts to encourage volunteerism at the corporate, nonprofit and individual level. David Sharp, The Seattle Times, "3 decades on, George H.W. Bush’s Points of Light still shine," 3 Sep. 2018 Neil currently chairs the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and the Points of Light board, dedicated to encouraging and facilitating volunteerism. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "How George H.W. Bush's Extraordinary Political Career Shaped His Relationship With His Children," 5 Dec. 2018 The family’s foundation was founded in 2014 to connect young people with opportunities for volunteerism and community engagement. Washington Post, "Boston marks 5 years since marathon attack with tributes," 15 Apr. 2018 The former president remains passionate about volunteerism but is not actively involved in the project anymore. David Sharp, The Seattle Times, "3 decades on, George H.W. Bush’s Points of Light still shine," 3 Sep. 2018 The team members are encouraged to reach out to the surrounding community through volunteerism and are given the flexibility to take the time to volunteer. azcentral, "Top Companies to Work for in Arizona-Medium Companies," 7 June 2018 Over the past 25 years, Bush has remained active in public life, with emphasis on volunteerism. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, "George H.W. Bush makes history by celebrating his 94th birthday," 12 June 2018 Upon his retirement Keith divided his time equally between world travel and volunteerism. courant.com, "Keith and Audrey Dubay," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of volunteerism

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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an act or instance of returning to life

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