Vocabulary Question

Is there a word for “expected volunteering”? 

I see this all the time in the small towns I visit where the locals are expected to volunteer for various organizations to keep those organizations running – the rec board, the library board, the arts society, the parks committee, etc – so their “volunteer” service to these boards and groups isn't really voluntary in the purest definition of the word.  Some people who are recruited to groups such as Student Council and CLA Student Chapter at FIMS would fit this definition as well.

If there isn't a word for it, there should be

Comments 2

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    Hey Jason,
    It may not fit perfectly but I love the term “voluntold”. When someone else (or other factors) volunteer your time and services for something, you have been voluntold.
    Cheers, Kristina

    Posted 01 Feb 2008 at 3:29 pm
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    That's a great word – very snigletty (which is, itself, a sniglet!)
    You're right that it's not exactly what I was hoping for – a real word that captures that strange “expected to volunteer” situation – but unless someone else has a suggestion, I think I'll use your term! Thanks.

    Posted 02 Feb 2008 at 6:07 am

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