Question: What is a term that can be used to describe someone who volunteers with you? Is "co-volunteer" an accepted term?

Elaboration: This question was brought to my attention when writing down references for a job application. The field, "relationship to reference," made me realize that I didn't know of and couldn't find a term that is similar to a "worker's co-worker." Since I couldn't find validation for the term "co-volunteer," I needed to ask this question.

Note: If this is a duplicate or posted in the wrong place, please point me in the right direction. I was unable to find this anywhere.

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    Co-volunteer may not be a widely used term, but its intended meaning would be immediately understood by almost everyone. As it is very apt for your purposes, there is probably no need to look for another one.
    – jsw29
    Feb 15 at 22:12
  • @Yosef Baskin Regarding the application's question, I just used co-worker. However, for the term "volunteer" itself, is there an equivalent term that essentially means "co-volunteer"? It seems like "co-volunteer" is the obvious answer, but I was not able to find validation for that term. Feb 15 at 22:16
  • @jsw29 I figured as much but wasn't able to find any credible information on the use of it. So are you suggesting it is considered an accepted term in today's world? Feb 15 at 22:19
  • I am saying that co- is an accepted prefix and that it is acceptable to attach it to a word like volunteer, without waiting for some authority to specifically recognise co-volunteer as an accepted term.
    – jsw29
    Feb 15 at 22:28
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    I quite like the idea that a "co-volunteer" is the voluntary equivalent of a co-worker. However I think "fellow volunteer" is more widely used in practice.
    – BoldBen
    Feb 16 at 3:41

I volunteered at the library in the local studies centre. There were quite a few volunteers who worked various short periods alongside paid staff. It became necessary to refer to volunteer colleagues to distinguish from staff colleagues. As far as the public were concerned, we were all staff and, other than different coloured lanyards, would not know the difference.


I would use WORKMATE - "A person with whom one works".

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