Our Mission: Food, Education, Medicine

Civic Service

Volunteerism as a societal norm can take many forms, from informal support networks to intensive commitments of time through formal service programs.

 

Voluntary Aid’ facilitates service programs and roles that create opportunities for citizens’ active engagement in public services, humanitarian services and service-learning careers. In facilitating these programs, we provide information that expands access to participation, bolsters the capacity of the server, and enhances the service experience for the server and the served.

 

Our civic service programs connects individuals to a structure, which interacts with the educational, social, economic, and political environment to create change. In creating these structures, we build linkages and develop partnerships with recipient communities and institutions, in establishing roles for the individual or service providers, and expectations about where, when, how, and why the role should be performed.

Service is not a new phenomenon. Individuals have willingly served their neighbors, rural communities and fellow humans since the beginning of human societies. Service has been performed in the interest of country, faith, and humanitarianism. It has diverse motivations, and has taken many forms through the years in many different cultural contexts; where common views and discourse have referred to such actions as volunteerism.

Civic service connotes public action and public benefit. Across civic service programs, the individual is performing an action that is presumably of benefit to some group or cause; and the action is performed in the spirit of improving the living conditions or general welfare of citizens, directly or indirectly.