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

Examples of volunteerism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Howard most was the spirit of volunteerism on the ground, even from those whose lives had been devastated. Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 The award Gauthier received is given annually to the volunteer who best demonstrates the spirit of volunteerism exemplified by its namesake, Myrna Chelko. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 25 Apr. 2022 To qualify, students must be children of first responders and medical personnel impacted by the pandemic and demonstrate financial need, academic merit, leadership, volunteerism and participation in co-curricular activities. Darlene Aderoju, Billboard, 1 Apr. 2022 For example, a finance leader’s day-to-day activities can speak volumes, such as encouraging charitable giving, promoting volunteerism and making practical changes that benefit the environment. Khalid Parekh, Forbes, 3 May 2022 The natural inference is that managerial shortcomings have eroded the spirit of good will and community that fosters volunteerism. New York Times, 7 Dec. 2021 It has been estimated that volunteerism — work done for free — has a value of $184 billion. Imentor, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 To be considered for the Children of Heroes Scholarship, students should be children of first responders and medical personnel who demonstrate financial need, academic merit, leadership, volunteerism, and participation in co-curricular activities. Thania Garcia, Variety, 6 Apr. 2022 To not address declining volunteerism is to allow this disproportionate exclusion to continue. Imentor, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of volunteerism

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Volunteerism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volunteerism. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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