- The use or involvement of volunteer labor, especially in community services.
Volunteerism generates well-being for people and their communities
Volunteers are motivated by values like those of justice, equality and freedom as expressed in the United Nations Charter. A society which supports and encourages different forms of volunteerism is likely to be a society which also promotes the well-being of its citizens.
Volunteerism is a basic expression of human relationships. It is about people’s need to participate in their societies and to feel that they matter to others. We strongly believe that the social relationships intrinsic to volunteer work are critical to individual and community well-being.
The ethos of volunteerism is infused with values such as solidarity, reciprocity, mutual trust, belonging and empowerment, all of which contribute significantly to quality of life. - -From UN Volunteers
You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.” - Winston Churchill.