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Alice Chadwick & Bianca Fadel
Alice Chadwick & Bianca Fadel

International Association for Volunteer Effort
United KIngdom

In this context paper, we explore how community-based volunteering building upon existing social structures and practices can foster both resilience to crisis and sustainable development. The connection between volunteering and community resilience is now in sharper focus than ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 has highlighted how communities come together to support each other at times of crisis, through the emergence of organised and spontaneous volunteering to help people to protect themselves from the coronavirus disease and get through the tough social and economic measures put in place to contain it.