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Volunteer personnel are people who freely give their time and energy towards a charitable goal.Both volunteer civilian personnel and volunteer military personnelhave been studied by psychologists in terms of charitable behavior, altruism etc.

A volunteer is someone who works for a community or for the benefit of environment primarily because they choose to do so. The word comes from Latin, and can be translated as "will" (as in doing something out of ones own free will). Many serve through a non-profit organization – sometimes referred to as formal volunteering, but a significant number also serve less formally, either individually or as part of a group.

A volunteer work is not and should never be a required work.

A volunteer may or may not get paid or receive compensation for services rendered. [1] General Andrew Jackson's Tennessee Volunteers were paid by the General personally, although he did seek reimbursement at Washington for his expenditures.

Volunteering comes in many forms: serving food at the local homeless shelter, providing computer technical support to a non-profit organization, acting in a leadership capacity on a charitable organization's board of directors or coordinating the emergency response in the case of a disaster. Around the world volunteer centers exist to support the voluntary sector and make a difference in the communities that they serve.

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  1. Volunteering in the United States 2006. Bureau of Labor Statistics. URL accessed on 2007-12-20.

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