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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There are reasons why volunteering seems to be more prevalent among certain age groups, said Mark Snyder, a professor at the University of Minnesota, who has researched the psychology of volunteerism for years. Thom Patterson, CNN, "The most generous state in America," 4 June 2019 The required criteria included professionalism, work experience, volunteerism and clinic management experience. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Holland Elementary nurse honored," 28 Apr. 2018 Powers saw all of the volunteering going on, and wanted to do something that would create more volunteerism in the future. Rebecca Hazen, Houston Chronicle, "Shell's Heroes of Houston honors volunteer effort," 26 Mar. 2018 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

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First Known Use of volunteerism

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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