To understand volunteering , I like we understand first meaing or defination of volunteer.A volunteer is someone who serves in a community or for the benefit of natural environment primarily because they choose to do so. Many serve through a non-profit organization – sometimes referred to as formal volunteering, but a significant number also serve less formally, either individually or as part of a group. Because these informal volunteers are much harder to identify, they may not be included in research and statistics on volunteering.
Volunteering is as a powerful force for change, both for those who volunteer and for the wider community. The meaning of volunteering includes formal activity undertaken through public, private and voluntary organizations as well as informal community participation. The purpose of volunteering is to increase the quality, quantity, contribution and accessibility of volunteering in the community.
By definition, a volunteer worker does not get paid or receive compensation for services rendered.
Principles of Volunteering:—
Following 3 principles are fundamental to volunteering.
Choice— Volunteering must be a choice freely made by each individual. Any form of compulsion should not be there while encouraging them to for volunteering.
Diversity — Volunteering should be open and promoted to all, regardless of background, age, race, sexual orientation, country, etc. Equal opportunities are basic to supporting diversity.
Recognition——Value contributed by volunteers to the organisation, the community, the social economy and other wider social objectives must get recognition. That’s fundamental to a fair relationship between volunteers, organisations and public at a large.
To be Continued………