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Social volunteering is a way of building democracy as a way of life and human relationships, a system of Government in which everyday participation made contributions and corrections throughout the legislatures. Political democracy is transformed into a social democracy exercised by citizens responsible for their environment. The volunteer has sufficient competence to participate in social debates because it collaborates with their daily work on solutions. Volunteers must have critical voice when needed in power forums and outlets of decision, since they spend much of their time together with those that affect policy decisions, see closely the impact and side effects of the increase or reduction of budget items. The volunteer is not an idiot (in ancient Athens were called so that did not participate in the public thing) that complies with the existing social situation, but an active citizen who seeks the general welfare and, above all, the staff and concrete of those departing with one situation of disadvantage. A solid involvement is not incompatible with necessary limits. Volunteer involvement is inevitable, very necessary to carry out solidarity work.

The fact of approaching a humanitarian organization with the intention of helping others already means a prior mental involvement with service to others. However, excess of zeal and desire to help can lead to the volunteer to consider the problems of others in a negative sense as theirs. Conflict situations of others are primarily theirs, even if there are social causes that directly or indirectly can cause dramatic individual situations. The social volunteer do not bring problems home and do more of what has been agreed in its commitment or, at least, consult with the Organization actions carried out the same. For good and for evil, the main character of the conflict is the marginalized person.

The volunteer is a companion who quietly supports and helps the other, the protagonist, to make decisions that you affect. On the other hand, the Organization should create a network of support so that beneficiaries are well looked after without burning the volunteer. This is not asked to be a hero or a Saint or that leave to your family, friends or their occupations, is rather integrate your service of social volunteering within his normal life, without this causing serious distortions. If the volunteer insists on carrying the implication staff even beyond the previous limits suffers a serious risk of saturation, and this can occur for various reasons: excess of time devoted to voluntary service. Involvement of your family and your environment in volunteer service. Want to solve the problems with too much urgency. Too long and intense psychological impact. Implication sentimental, confused feeling of solidarity with friendship, compassion, pity, etc. Solidarity J.C.G.