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[vol-uh n-teer-iz-uh m] /ˌvɒl ənˈtɪər ɪz əm/
voluntarism (def 2).
the policy or practice of volunteering one's time or talents for charitable, educational, or other worthwhile activities, especially in one's community.
1835-45; volunteer + -ism Unabridged
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Examples from the web for volunteerism
  • Looking around the office, he attempted to divine who could help the company move from volunteerism to profitability.
  • The entire promotion-and-tenure system-which depends on altruistic volunteerism-would collapse.
  • All community partners will benefit as a shared destiny is forged through volunteerism and community service.
  • It is also a city of civic engagement with more volunteerism than any city in the country.
  • Community involvement and volunteerism should increase voluntarily.
  • And a spirit of volunteerism and fund-raising pervades the sail-training scene.
  • Any number of people are perfectly capable of doing feel-good segments on volunteerism.
  • Critics also question the administration's faith in volunteerism.
  • More people are taking an early detour from the corporate world into volunteerism.
  • Group hopes to renew post-9/11 spirit of volunteerism.
British Dictionary definitions for volunteerism


the principle of donating time and energy for the benefit of other people in the community as a social responsibility rather than for any financial reward
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for volunteerism

1844, with reference to armed forces; from volunteer + -ism. In reference to volunteer labor in community activities, by 1977.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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