Definition of volunteerism in English:



mainly North American
  • The use or involvement of volunteer labor, especially in community services.

    ‘The organization has become well known and takes pride in its community service projects and volunteerism as well as its support for its fellow stay-at-home moms.’
    • ‘Teenagers have amazingly high levels of volunteerism and community service, yet many feel turned off by politics.’
    • ‘The Navy takes great pride in its volunteerism and community service - so much so, there is a medal for outstanding volunteer service.’
    • ‘It was disappointing to read recent articles which highlighted the decline of volunteerism in community activities.’
    • ‘Our challenge as educators is to link classroom study of real world problems with community involvement that reaches beyond volunteerism to civic engagement.’
    • ‘On a smaller scale, there is a movement within the hip-hop community towards public service and volunteerism.’
    • ‘No significant differences were found in terms of race, parental residence, extracurricular activities, and parental volunteerism.’
    • ‘However, the goal is not only to raise money, but also to raise awareness of the current situation in Cambodia and to encourage more volunteerism in the overall community.’
    • ‘Most surveys show that the post-baby boom generations do not have the same belief in service and volunteerism earlier groups did.’
    • ‘Service organizations and civic volunteerism still have largely white membership.’
    • ‘Business volunteerism enables you to provide a greater benefit to the community at a lower cost than through financial philanthropy alone.’
    • ‘Most have a rich history of women's involvement through patronage, management and volunteerism.’
    • ‘She had little involvement with activities such as volunteerism and healthcare.’
    • ‘Student volunteerism and service learning are important examples of the community service function.’
    • ‘Greece, by contrast, had no civic tradition of volunteerism and many had feared the worse.’
    • ‘The crux of the problem lies in the tension between volunteerism and professionalism on one hand, and the way the sector relates to its supporters i.e. donors, on the other.’
    • ‘By contrast, from 1987 to 1997, when job prospects for youth in Canada were at a low, there was an increase in volunteerism among young people.’
    • ‘In Malaysia, the programme will fund a project which aims to use IT and youth volunteerism to improve agricultural capabilities of farmers in rural areas.’
    • ‘These cemetery tours, by raising public awareness, actually have helped to decrease vandalism and increase volunteerism.’
    • ‘Tackling the ongoing promotion and development of volunteerism is a big issue, requiring structures to be put in place to attract more people to get involved in clubs.’



/ˌvälənˈtirizəm/ /ˌvɑlənˈtɪrɪzəm/