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 So this holiday season, please join me in congratulating AmeriCorps on 25 incredible years of service, and celebrating a culture of volunteerism. Jared Polis, The Denver Post, "Polis: Coloradans have a proud tradition of giving back, keep it going," 25 Dec. 2019 Her commitment to volunteerism and community service was evidenced by her involvement with many philanthropic and civic organizations including Women's American ORT, Temple Beth El sisterhood, and the Spin Bifida Association. courant.com, "Gail Bonita Heimov Weinstein Kraus Mackta," 6 Dec. 2019 Judi Thode is the president of the Ancient Oaks Foundation, dedicated to the preservation of the Lake Zurich area’s oak woodlands and natural areas through efforts that include education, volunteerism, financial support and long-term planning. Phil Rockrohr, chicagotribune.com, "Shout Out: Judi Thode, president of Ancient Oaks Foundation," 1 Dec. 2019 Those are business partnerships, family involvement, volunteerism, student community service and school advisory councils. Jerry Fallstrom, orlandosentinel.com, "Sixteen Lake County schools honored by state as Five Star Schools, one more than last year," 12 Nov. 2019 There was a lot of generosity: neighbors helping neighbors, a sort of charitable spirit, a lot of volunteerism. Tony Briscoe, chicagotribune.com, "How algae blooms and dead zones form in Lake Erie," 14 Nov. 2019 Maine South High School senior Charlotte Geier recently received recognition from her school district for her community service and volunteerism, which is largely centered around inclusion of youth and adults with special needs. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Shout Out: Maine South’s Charlotte Geier, recognized for community service and selected to interview Hillary Clinton," 31 Oct. 2019 The Americans, understandably, wanted locals to lead the city’s reconstruction, from rebuilding schools to restoring water infrastructure and setting up volunteerism projects. Elizabeth Tsurkov, The New Republic, "The Syria Withdrawal’s Other Victims," 24 Oct. 2019 VanFulpen has been in hospital volunteerism for more than 35 years and is currently the manager of volunteer services, the gift shop, thrift store and campus shuttle run by Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Women in Leadership Luncheon brings local ladies into the spotlight," 24 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of volunteerism

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Jan 2020

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“Volunteerism.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volunteerism. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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