The Grantmaker Forum on Community & National Service believes that a service or volunteer experience, when framed appropriately, has the potential to deepen our understanding of social issues; demystify the decision-making process of government; and help us appreciate and exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Service and volunteering, whether national service or community-based volunteer work, provide opportunities to learn and practice the skills needed to participate effectively in deliberative democracy; namely, the ability to gather information, think critically and engage in partnership and communication with people whose opinions and backgrounds differ from our own.
Project: Civic Engagement and Service
Stroud, S. (2003). Service to civics. Berkeley, CA: Grantmaker Forum on Community and National Service.