vol·​un·​teer·​ism ˌvä-lən-ˈtir-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce volunteerism (audio)
: the act or practice of doing volunteer work in community service

Examples of volunteerism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His father Norman had a thriving car dealership in Schaumburg and his mother’s volunteerism earned her the distinction of Winnetka Woman of the Year in 1994. Myrna Petlicki, Chicago Tribune, 10 Jan. 2023 Until recently, the idea of admirable volunteerism kept unions from trying to organize community health workers, Dr. Ballard said. Stephanie Nolen Tiksa Negeri, New York Times, 21 Sep. 2023 Events, donation drives and volunteerism help raise awareness about protecting the Earth's resources. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 18 Apr. 2023 But Act Local support isn’t limited to funding or volunteerism. Terry Wagner, Dallas News, 7 Sep. 2023 The event honored 12 women from throughout San Diego County for their dedication to the community through volunteerism and service. U-T Staff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 May 2023 Programs promoting volunteerism result in face-to-face encounters between employees and community members. Melanie Berman, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2022 And some of his volunteerism went beyond Mira Mesa. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Aug. 2023 The organization for volunteerism and national service, created by President Bill Clinton in 1993, assisted in aiding over 113,000 taxpayers in more than 130 cities, according to a release. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 18 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of volunteerism was in 1844

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“Volunteerism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volunteerism. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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