HUS 4802 CUNY Brooklyn College The Selfish Volunteer Video Essay

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and Summarize the entire discussion and explain, whether a selfish approach to volunteerism is either an appropriate strategy or not, meaning do you agree or disagree. Be critical, analytical, and feel free to take any position.


part 2a- (NYCares is the volunteer site to discuss about.)
Discussion Board: (you can answer this in a paragraph or just a few sentences).
We have studied the Power of Imagery in an organization seeking volunteer. However, volunteering organizations usually have been accused of Tokenism, especially in conversations regarding multicultural or inter-cultural understanding. Review the notes on Tokenism by adding a perspective of your own. Do organizations which requiring volunteerism reinforce the power of imagery through Tokenism, yes or no?

Part 2b- Write a two-page research essay, which examines the current direction of diversity within volunteering from your previous discussion board on Tokenism. The focus of this essay should discuss how do organizations utilize the idea of diversity in the crafting of their image, when it comes to multiculturalism. (NYCares is the volunteer site to discuss about.)

Three Steps to consider:

1. Multiculturalism as a Trend

2. Open Mindedness as Fashionable

3. The Guilt of Racism

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Student Name: ____________________ Assignment: The Selfish Volunteer HUS 4802 Volunteerism Faculty Member Dr. Andres Rosado Summarize the entire discussion and explain, whether a selfish approach to volunteerism is either an appropriate strategy or not, meaning do you agree or disagree. Be critical, analytical, and feel free to take any position. The Image of Volunteering: As a culture, we have contradictory views about volunteering, we esteem the heroes and heroines who take the risk to fight for right. The Good Samaritan effect. Understanding the following: ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Community Service Pro Bono Activism Mutual Aid Social Concerns Charity Barter Neighborliness Experimental Learning Social Responsibilities Unpaid Staff Community Resources Self Help Public Services Citizenship Internship Philanthropy Trustee Doctor Member Addressing all the Images: Some organizations cannot be successful in volunteer recruitment until they deal with how they are perceived by the community. An aware recruiter is a successful recruiter. Review Notes Below for Discussion Board: Tokenism is an after-thought. Tokenism is driven by a desire to cover up or minimize a systemic problem. As a result, tokenism often involves looking for a solution that’s quick or easy. Inclusion starts at the core of an organization. It is a long-term, forward-thinking approach that starts at the top and forms the core and involves all aspects of the organization. It takes work. It is almost never easy. But it is always for good. Tokenism involves mandates and check boxes. It is often ignited by a mandate for diversity that’s driven by an outside source, like a competitor or a funding body. As a result, it tends to be driven by a desire to check off boxes or cover a "trend" or "popular issue" without acknowledging personal bias and without reflecting on problematic structural or systemic issues. Are there no diverse folks on your planning team because they don’t exist or because you don’t have friends who fall into this category? Inclusion involves recognizing how your experience and comfort levels might shape your relationships and programming. It involves actively setting out not only to improve your program or list but to improve yourself and your reading list. Multicultural refers to a society that contains several cultural or ethnic groups. People live alongside one another, but each cultural group does not necessarily have engaging interactions with each other. For example, in a multicultural neighborhood people may frequent ethnic grocery stores and restaurants without really interacting with their neighbors from other countries. Cross-cultural deals with the comparison of different cultures. In cross-cultural communication, differences are understood and acknowledged, and can bring about individual change, but not collective transformations. In cross-cultural societies, one culture is often considered “the norm” and all other cultures are compared or contrasted to the dominant culture. Intercultural describes communities in which there is a deep understanding and respect for all cultures. Intercultural communication focuses on the mutual exchange of ideas and cultural norms and the development of deep relationships. In an intercultural society, no one is left unchanged because everyone learns from one another and grows together. Understanding Multiculturalism in Human Services Volunteering: 1. Race 2. Ethnicity 3. Culture 4. Religion 5. Language 6. National Origin 7. Gender or Sexual Orientation 8. Education/Income/Social Status Tokenism is the practice of doing something (such as hiring a person who belongs to a minority group) only to prevent criticism and give the appearance that people are being treated fairly. If one individual from a group is represented, then everything is alright. Today tokenism floods the media and popular culture. Examples to Consider: 1. Multiculturalism as a Trend 2. Open Mindedness as Fashionable 3. The Guilt of Racism
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Part 1: A Selfish Approach to Volunteerism is A Fitting Strategy.
The video is presented by Kevin White, a social entrepreneur, and it delves into how
volunteering has been declining over the decades. Our current world is often in a kind of haste,
and thus people no longer feel like they have time to volunteer. According to the speaker, being
a selfish volunteer is a strong motive for volunteering. Selfishness, when volunteering, focuses
on the individual goals of the person who is volunteering rather than the organization or group
where the person is volunteering. Kevin White noted that individuals with selfish motives tend to
deliver more exceptional performance compared to the other volunteers who rely on goals set by
the organizations that they are assisting. The individuals that have selfish motives are selfactualizing and self-driven. Thus, such people tend to deliver more work to the organization or
causes they are undertaking while striving to fulfill their own needs.
Part 2 (a): The New York Cares Necessitates Volunteerism but Does Not Strengthen the

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