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Is Mandatory Volunteering Really Volunteering?

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Started: 3/12/2018 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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Volunteering is the willingness to do something. If it is mandatory you have to do it. So, therefore, it is not volunteering.


Required Volunteering is still volunteer, you have freedom to decide where you volunteer and for the most part when. If you are required to volunteer for a prison sentence, you could refuse and take a prison sentence so there is still a choice. If you take a class in college that requires volunteering, you knew that going. So that is still a choice. It gets more complicated when you get into public schools requiring volunteering to graduate, but the argument still stands: even though you are required to give your time, you have the chioce of when and where to volunteer, if you do not want to volunteer you can reap the consequences, its still a choice.

Furthermore, though volunteering is a form of voluntary, it also has the connotation of donating your time without the expectation of getting any monetary reimbursement. You are donating your time, whether because helping others makes you happier or gets you some other benefit (such as graduating, getting out of jail, or fulfilling some other class or work requirement), or simply because you want to make a difference.

My point is that even mandatory volunteering is volunteering because for one you can choose to reap the consequences and often you willingly put yourself in a position where you know that volunteering is a requirement, and volunteering has more connotations than just being voluntary.
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Posted by TPPDJT 3 years ago
In my opinion you've already won. I believe that mandatory community service/volunteering (unless you're a felon obviously) constitutes a violation of the 13th Amendment which prohibits involuntary servitude.
Posted by MagicAintReal 3 years ago
Then I accept to decline this debate!
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