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Volunteerism

  • By: Erikson Young
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

Volunteerism is the act or practice of doing volunteer work or community service. There is a long history of deaf people volunteering for both deaf and hearing organizations in the United States and abroad. Deaf people volunteer to network, advance their careers, and support their mental and physical well-being.

Volunteering is a two-way street that allows one to connect to one’s community and make it a better place. One can make new friends and colleagues through volunteer work, because working together to better the community makes it easy to build friendships. As a volunteer, one is exposed to people in community activities, and it also benefits one’s social and work skills, not to mention relationships with people.

For deaf people, like anyone else, volunteering is also a ...

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