• Communicating information, sharing assignments and working cohesively with the FFL team
  • Appreciating and leveraging the strengths of others, relying on them for help, input and feedback
  • Volunteering to help someone else complete a task without expecting credit for it


Volunteering is a part of teamwork at Funds For Learning. It has been part of the fabric of this organization since our inception 15 years ago. While there are many potential definitions of “volunteer”, I define it like this. A volunteer is someone who:

  • Willingly chooses to assist
  • Actively seeks out the opportunity to help
  • Consistently provides support over time
  • Freely serves without an expectation of payment or reward

This definition implies choice, action, commitment, and desire. When we volunteer, we make the choice to assist others. We are not told to do it. Nor do we take it on out of obligation or because it is in our job description. Instead, we make the decision to help.

When we volunteer, we seek out opportunities to help. We don’t just stumble upon them, we look for them. We think about what others are doing, we are sensitive to their needs, and we consider ways in which we can help.

Volunteering at Funds For Learning is also about commitment. When we choose to help, we make a promise to step in and stick with it. We are dependable and follow through with the assistance that we have offered.

Finally, being a volunteer means we help for the sake of helpingand for no other reason. It’s not about being seen helping. It’s not about getting to take credit for being a part. It’s simply a gift given to someone else to help them fulfill a responsibility or meet a need.


Volunteering to help a co-worker without expecting credit for it is a distinguishing mark of a Funds For Learning team member. By definition, it is not something that can be mandated or forced; however, by including volunteerism as part of the Teamwork GuideMark, we hope to encourage volunteering and reinforce it as an important part of being on this team.


Key Words and Phrases

Reliance and interdependence; Common goals; Shared responsibility; Cooperation; Mutual accountability; Blended strengths; Esprit de corps; Trust in one another.

Opposite Terms

Going it alone; Not trusting others; Not supporting others; Not relying on others.


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