Definition of Volunteering

Our Definition of Volunteering

Volunteering is a fundamental building block of civil society. It brings to life the noblest aspirations of humankind – the pursuit of peace, freedom, opportunity, safety, and justice for all people.

In this era of globalization and continuous change, the world is becoming smaller, more interdependent, and more complex. Volunteering – either through individual or group action – is a way in which:

  • Human values of community, caring, and serving can be sustained and strengthened;
  • Individuals can exercise their rights and responsibilities as members of communities, while learning and growing throughout their lives, realizing their full human potential;
  • And, connections can be made across differences that push us apart so that we can live together in healthy, sustainable communities, working together to provide innovative solutions to our shared challenges and to shape our collective destinies.