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  1. present participle of volunteer


Extensive Definition

A volunteer is someone who works for a community or for the benefit of environment primarily because they choose to do so. The word comes from Latin, and can be translated as "will" (as in doing something out of ones own free will). 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. A student in Ontario must volunteer if he wants to or not.
By definition, a volunteer worker does not get paid or receive compensation for services rendered other than reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses.

Volunteer management

Many organizations (hospitals, food banks, etc.) have a continual need for volunteers. Other high-profile events, such as a marathon, require hundreds or thousands of volunteers for a one-time or annual need. The success of such events has a significant economic impact on the local economy. Thus, there is increasing awareness of the economic importance of volunteers.
This, in turn, has elevated the importance of the volunteer manager for such events, people who formerly may have managed volunteers in addition to other duties but now may be viewed as professionals in the field. This has also increased the need for volunteer management software, e-mail broadcasts, texting and other technological tools, allowing the volunteer manager to register and communicate with large numbers of people who otherwise have no connection to each other.
Volunteering in India An organisation working on various models of volunteering in India matching and working as a voluntary Non Profit


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volunteering in Bulgarian: Доброволец
volunteering in Czech: Dobrovolník
volunteering in German: Ehrenamt
volunteering in Modern Greek (1453-): Εθελοντισμός
volunteering in Spanish: Voluntariado
volunteering in French: Bénévolat
volunteering in Korean: 자원봉사자
volunteering in Italian: Volontariato
volunteering in Hebrew: התנדבות
volunteering in Lithuanian: Savanorystė
volunteering in Dutch: Vrijwilliger
volunteering in Japanese: ボランティア
volunteering in Norwegian: Frivillig
volunteering in Polish: Wolontariat
volunteering in Portuguese: Trabalho voluntário
volunteering in Russian: Волонтёр
volunteering in Swedish: Volontär
volunteering in Tamil: தன்னார்வலர்
volunteering in Thai: อาสาสมัคร
volunteering in Turkish: Gönüllü
volunteering in Ukrainian: Волонтер
volunteering in Contenese: 義工
volunteering in Chinese: 志願工作者
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