Why is volunteering required?
Volunteering promotes leadership and awareness as students take an active role in their communities. Requiring community service allows schools to help students become more educated in how they can help others and the impact they can have. When students volunteer, they can gain real skills they can use in their jobs.
Why volunteering should not be mandatory?
While mandatory volunteering may not be the end of the world, for most students it can be another added level of stress. These time-consuming projects could drive students away from doing further community service. Students need to be encouraged to help their communities, but they should not be required.
Does requiring community service devalue it?
When a mandated system is implemented, there is no value of it because people are forced to help the community. There is no way to distinguish between who wants to help, and who is forced to help. Therefore the community service and volunteerism will devalue and deteriorate in quality.
Do volunteers have the same rights as employees?
You do not have a contract of employment as a volunteer, so you do not have the same rights as an employee or worker. You will usually be given a volunteer agreement that explains: the level of supervision and support you’ll get.
What benefits do volunteers get?
Benefits of volunteering
- Gain confidence. Volunteering can help you gain confidence by giving you the chance to try something new and build a real sense of achievement.
- Make a difference.
- Meet people.
- Be part of a community.
- Learn new skills.
- Take on a challenge.
- Have fun!
Can a volunteer claim unfair dismissal?
Volunteers are not covered by the same rights of that of an employee or worker. This means in theory that volunteers can be discriminated against or unfairly dismissed without impunity. No organisation would be able to retain their volunteers if they felt they were being poorly treated.
Can volunteers be fired?
Most volunteers are competent and cooperative, so if you do a solid job throughout your screening process, firing them should be a very rare occurrence. Finally, firing should always be the absolute last resort—the volunteer should have had ample opportunities to correct their behavior before termination.
Can a volunteer replace an employee?
Sometimes volunteers work on rather similar tasks and thus, they may replace paid staff. Sometimes volunteers assist and support paid employees (and the other way round) and can then be regarded as performing complementary tasks.
What happens when people don’t volunteer?
People would go hungry, ill, and even die. For example, house fires would become severely catastrophic. If two thirds of the department was nonexistent, the death toll of 3,100 would gravely increase. According to the American Red Cross, volunteers account for more than 97% of their workforce.
Why is there a lack of volunteers?
The most common reason for not volunteering is lack of free time (about half of Americans cite this as the main reason), and another common reason is that the volunteer schedules and commitments are too inflexible. Employers could encourage volunteerism on-site or in a proximate location.