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army volunteer

To select, nominate, or assign someone to carry out a task or duty that they are unwilling or unprepared to undertake. My boss always army volunteers me to pick up lunch for the office.
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volunteer as (something)

1. To choose or offer to assume or fulfill some role or position without being asked, directed, or required to do so. I don't know why everyone thinks I volunteered as class secretary, because I definitely didn't! She volunteered as the spokesperson of the group.
2. To perform some role or duty without pay, as for charity. I volunteer as a firefighter on the weekends. Why don't you volunteer as a reader down at the retirement home? They would really appreciate your help.
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volunteer for (something)

To choose or offer to assume or undertake some position, role, or duty without being asked, directed, or required to do so. I know you didn't volunteer for this responsibility, but you've done an admirable job filling in after Jack left the company. She volunteered for the role, not realizing how much additional work it entailed.
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volunteer as something

to submit oneself as a person ready or willing to do something. Would you be willing to volunteer as a marcher? I will volunteer as a helper in the hospital.
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volunteer for something

 
1. to submit oneself for some task without being asked. Ivolunteered for the job. I didn't volunteer for this.
2. to work as an unpaid volunteer for a charity, etc. On Sundays she volunteers as a receptionist at the hospital.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Although volunteering has received increasing attention in recent years, as evidenced by Kramer, Gossett, and Lewis' (2013) recent book, Ganesh and McAllum's (2009) work on discourses of volunteerism, and articles by Kramer (2005, 2011) in prominent communication journals, the vast majority of work on the topic still comes from other disciplines.
The Volunteer Traveler's Handbook helps would-be travelers understand their personal motivations behind volunteering and considers travel's impacts upon people and places, identifying volunteer opportunities and their different options and offerings, discerning the differences between student volunteers and skilled worker volunteers, and contrasting long-term travel and volunteering structures.
Ithaca, NY, June 01, 2013 --(PR.com)-- GiveGab, the social network for volunteers, announces it will exhibit at Points of Light's Annual Conference on Volunteering and Service from June 19-21, 2013 in Washington, D.C.
Example A: Who is expected to pay for a volunteer's medical expenses for injuries sustained while volunteering?
The European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) encourages the EU to make the most of the 2011 European Year of Volunteering to enhance recognition and protection of volunteers.
Volunteering could offer you a great short-term solution.
Asma al-Assad on Saturday joined nearlyAa two thousand volunteer youth of the National Union of Syrian Students in celebratingAa the International Volunteer Day, honoring 10 prominent volunteers for their distinguished and frequent participation in volunteer activities and their role in spreading the culture of volunteering. SpreadingAaculture of volunteering helps prepareAaman to engage in societyAaand practical life AaMrs.
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