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Why volunteer?

2010-01-21 03:24:12.613856+00 by meuon 3 comments

Nancy is working on a project for school, and needs some input on what motivates volunteerism. She's collecting data via printed brochures that are being distributed, as well as her new: online survey. If you spend some time volunteering, please volunteer to take the survey as well.

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#Comment Re: made: 2010-01-21 20:49:25.677165+00 by: m

I asked a person who specifically works in promoting volunteerism:

"Countless dissertations and studies explore and expound the reasons why people volunteer which frequently vary by age and gender. From my experiences, here is the main reason why people volunteer: someone they know and respect asks them to participate. It's hard to say no to people you are connected with at the individual level. Other motivating factors: it makes people feel good to contribute (moral and religious factors are highly motivating for older adults), people also want to build new skills, enjoy new experiences, and enhance their social networks. "

#Comment Re: made: 2010-01-21 23:19:02.537922+00 by: meuon

Good summary. In this case the primary motivation is the grade you get for doing all the work, statitsics, etc.. as it's a class assignment. 30 responses were required for the project. Nancy was over 80 earlier today... And she's just getting started. In typically Nancy fashion, anything worth doing is worth doing well, and anything worth doing well is worth over-doing, with style.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-01-22 00:09:14.047875+00 by: Larry Burton

The reason I volunteer is that is what I'm suppose to do. What other motivation is needed?