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1. Law
a. a person who does some act or enters into a transaction without being under any legal obligation to do so and without being promised any remuneration for his services
b. Property law a person to whom property is transferred without his giving any valuable consideration in return, as a legatee under a will
a. a plant that grows from seed that has not been deliberately sown
b. (as modifier): a volunteer plant



a person who voluntarily enters military service. In several countries the system of volunteers was the basic means of army recruitment—for example, in Great Britain before World War I (1914-18)—before the introduction of universal military obligation. In the 18th century and the first half of the 19th, volunteer battalions and regiments existed in Austria-Hungary, France, and Italy that had joined the ranks of the regular army. In the second half of the 19th century the system of volunteers lost its significance in most states; it is still a means of army recruitment in Great Britain (since 1961) and serves as a supplement to the regular army in certain other states, particularly in time of war.



a serviceman in the Russian or foreign armies who would voluntarily enter military service on terms that were advantageous to him after having received a higher or secondary education (in Russia, also before completion of secondary education). The features of volunteer service that distinguish it from regular army duty included a shortened duration of service and of the time required for promotion in rank, the right to live on one’s own income outside the barracks, and the obligation to take an examination at the conclusion of service for the rank of junior officer in the reserves(in Russia, warrant officer).

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Improved concentration and enjoyment of life experiences are also side effects of volunteering.
The demographic variables measured included the participant's frequency of volunteering each month, each year, and throughout his/ her lifetime, his/her concerns about donating organs, whether he/she knew anyone who benefited from an organ transplant, whether or not he/she had a signed donor card or indicated his/her donation wishes on their drivers license, whether he/she was religious, whether his/her religion supported donation, whether he/she believed that organ transplants should be performed, and his/her age and gender.
Therefore, it seems that volunteers are there for the asking - ready to serve as leaders through board membership, as managers of volunteer projects, and as service volunteers doing myriad necessary tasks (Giving and Volunteering in the United States, 1979, p.
Anna Ognie, John's wife of more than 36 years, has watched her husband grow as a volunteer and believes she knows why he enjoys volunteering so much.
6 hours per week and the annual hours for volunteering were 15.
It's different than volunteering at an office downtown.
Akkad began volunteering at the shelter just over five years ago after leaving her volunteer work at High Desert Hospital, where she helped in the pediatric clinic.
B'nai B'rith members have been volunteering at the hospital at Christmas for more than 30 years.
When Megan got the chance to participate in Special Olympics, Emily made it possible by volunteering to assist her both at practices and tournaments.
For others, whose families have been volunteering for two or three generations, it is a tradition.
We've had calls during the year from people wanting to volunteer and they aren't with any particular group, and we wanted to try organizing it this way this year,'' said Heitman, a ten-year volunteering veteran of the fair.
Dhairyasheel, a senior at Central High School, helped provide medical treatment to low-income people by volunteering at a community clinic, a veterans hospital and a regional medical center.

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