Volunteerism refers to the practice of volunteering one's time or talents for charitable, educational, or other worthwhile activities such as working to preserve the natural environment, organic farming, conservation education, health care for children in orphanages, local activities in one's community, or military service. Volunteers perform a service willingly and without pay.

In the United States, nonprofit organizations serve a critical role in a society that is mostly made up of immigrants seeking to better their lives and the lives of those around them. In other countries, local and national governments often fulfill the functions that volunteers in the United States provide.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor, 65.4 million people volunteered for an organization at least once between September ...

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