Definitions and Principles of Volunteering

Who is a volunteer?

Definition of Volunteering

  • To be of benefit to the community and the volunteer.
  • Of the volunteers own free will and without coercion.
  • For no financial payment; and
  • In designated volunteer positions only.

Principles of Volunteering

  • Volunteering benefits the community and the volunteer.
  • Volunteer work is unpaid.
  • Volunteering is always a matter of choice.
  • Volunteering is not compulsorily undertaken to receive pensions or government allowances.
  • Volunteering is a legitimate way in which citizens can participate in the activities of their community.
  • Volunteering is a vehicle for individuals or groups to address human, environmental and social needs.
  • Volunteering is an activity performed in the not for profit sector only.
  • Volunteering is not a substitute for paid work.
  • Volunteers do not replace paid workers nor constitute a threat to the job security of paid workers.
  • Volunteering respects the rights, dignity and culture of others.
  • Volunteering promotes human rights and equality.
To find out more about volunteering and or to get involved in volunteering locally in Kerry contact Linda on 0667117966, email linda@volunteerkerry.ie or drop into our offices with/without an appointment at 7 Maine Street, Tralee, Co Kerry.