Four Types of Volunteerism
PHILANTHROPY – dispensing funds for humanitarian purposes
SERVICE LEARNING: combination of meet...
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Types of Volunteerism

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Completed by the University of Tampa Bay, here are a few ways to look at volunteerism. For a full description on the levels of volunteerism, please visit http://www.uoguelph.ca/~svc/philosophy.html#stages

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Types of Volunteerism

  1. 1. Four Types of Volunteerism PHILANTHROPY – dispensing funds for humanitarian purposes SERVICE LEARNING: combination of meeting community needs, identifying learning objectives and reflecting on what is learned (type of pedagogy) COMMUNITY SERVICE: giving time to directly help others (4 types) SOCIAL ACTION – working to eliminate the source that causes need Four Types of Community Service DIRECT SERVICE …engages students in person-to-person contact with those in need. Examples: Cook/serve/deliver food for the homebound or homeless ~ staff a health clinic ~ teach English as a second language ~ tutor, mentor, or coach youth ~ visit with the elderly ~ volunteer in a shelter for the homeless. INDIRECT SERVICE …meets a clear need but has benefits to the larger community. Examples: Plan drug, violence, or disease prevention programs ~ volunteer for disaster service ~ assist with an environmental project ~ participate in urban renewal projects such as mural or house painting ~ build low-income housing ~ fundraise with direct interaction with a nonprofit beneficiary. RESEARCH SERVICE …involves students in collecting information for the public interest or welfare. Examples: Work in a laboratory that meets a community need ~ conduct energy audits in public buildings ~ test water to assist with restoration efforts ~ conduct research to protect endangered species. ADVOCACY SERVICE …allows students to lend their voices, writing ability, and other talents toward an issue in the public interest. Examples: Conduct information campaigns ~ draft legislation that helps or protects the community ~ lobby on behalf of a community issue ~ conduct nonpartisan voter registration drives ~ organize a nonpartisan letter writing campaign for a social issue. ~Casey Stevens, Coordinator of Greek Life, Community Service and Peer Education, University of Tampa

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