Volunteerism

This term is typically used to describe people who of their own free will and without pay perform some service or good work. This can be done on a regular or sporadic basis with community groups, faith organizations, schools or other organizations.

Community Service

Strictly defined, community service simply means organized volunteering which meets the needs of the community. The service benefits the community agency or individuals in the community and is most often done through non-profit organizations, schools and public agencies.

Community-Based Learning

A term for any learning experience that occurs in the community and does not include community service. Common forms of community based learning are internships, co-ops, apprenticeships and other experiential education which, although they have no formal service purpose, offer important experiences for students to master skills within a real life setting.