volunteerism

noun
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 Second, a massive new wave of volunteerism — doing good works, both personally and organizationally. Keith C. Burris, Star Tribune, "What America needs is a moral awakening," 21 Feb. 2021 Raised by a school teacher (mother) and a pharmacist (father) who placed a value on volunteerism and charity, Antonellis has embraced those tenets as a core part of her way of life. Andrew Lin, BostonGlobe.com, "At King Philip, swim program sets example in competing and giving," 15 Jan. 2021 The Southeast Tarrant County High School Sports Awards, presented by Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, is now taking nominations for the I AM SPORT award, which recognizes student-athletes who give back to their communities through volunteerism. USA TODAY, "Nominate a Southeast Tarrant County high school student-athlete giving back to the community," 18 Jan. 2021 The Arizona High School Sports Awards is now taking nominations for the I AM SPORT award, which recognizes student-athletes who give back to their communities through volunteerism. The Arizona Republic, "Know an athlete who's made an impact in your community? Nominate them for the I AM SPORT Award!," 17 Jan. 2021 The Detroit High School Sports Awards is now taking nominations for the I AM SPORT award, which recognizes student-athletes who give back to their communities through volunteerism. Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "That athlete’s making a difference! Nominate them for an I AM SPORT community award.," 17 Jan. 2021 The Good Neighbor Award will be an annual recognition, highlighting an individual who has demonstrated exemplary commitment to their neighborhood and the greater community through volunteerism and service. Post-tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Community news," 27 Oct. 2020 But nobody has looked at the system of volunteerism, which is really the backbone of so much of our positive community change. Kelly Smith, Star Tribune, "Group pushes to diversify volunteering at Minnesota nonprofits," 26 Dec. 2020 Young was cited for his philanthropy, volunteerism and creating of innovative solutions to empower regional organizations. The Enquirer, "Celebrate selflessness: Nominate volunteers for Jefferson Award," 22 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of volunteerism

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Feb 2021

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“Volunteerism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volunteerism. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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