Are Protesters Volunteering?

News of protestors has gotten us really thinking, is protesting volunteering?

Probably depends on your definition of volunteering! Volunteer Canada says “Volunteers are people from all walks of life, all ages and stages. What they have in common is the desire to make a difference in their community – and in their own life – by giving of their time and expertise.”

We’re interested in what you think. Leave a comment below.

~ Janet


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6 Responses to Are Protesters Volunteering?

  1. Janet says:

    PS – It’s my opinion that volunteerism can be formal or informal, can be a time commitment of one hour, one day or one year. Social activism in any form (including protesting) is included in my definition of volunteerism!

  2. Kali says:

    I think protestors are a type of volunteer. They are not being paid to be there & it’s for a cause they believe in! Many aren’t organized formally, but I think there’s beauty in that.

  3. Madison Wozni says:

    To me, volunteering is an act of being human. It requires compassion, respect, trust, and leaves out what brings the world to a grinding halt: some form of currency beyond time, whether with money or in trade; and the “necessity” for a work ethic, the drive to do when one does not feel, when there is no connection to or fulfillment in the task at hand. In this, protesting goes hand-in-hand with volunteering. It is humanity caring. Whether or not a majority deems an individual or minority protest as wrong, it is still their right to feel and think and express. My only guiding rule as a human is respect. Whether in protest or volunteering, or in my cultural and personal choices, I want to make people feel and think and grow. But I do not want to harm. And the only requirement in that regards is respect; it is love, it is community, it is to be human.

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