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Author Topic: Why do people volunteer?
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Post Why do people volunteer?
on: August 25, 2013, 17:16

Came across this website with a great list of why people volunteer. Some may apply to your organization, some may not, but understanding why people volunteer for your organization is key to finding more:

    • Someone asked them. Most people respond when someone tells them they’re needed.
    • They care deeply about the issues your organization addresses, and/or about social change.
    • They have personal experience of the effects of your organization’s issues, and want to do something about them. Former gang members, for example, might want to be involved in an effort to reduce and prevent youth violence.
    • They are motivated by their view of the world – because of religion, ethics, politics, philosophy, etc. – to try to improve the quality of life in their communities.
    • They seek the external recognition and internal good feeling that may come with volunteering.
    • They feel a need to pay back society for help or opportunities that were extended to them. Successful people who grew up poor in minority neighborhoods often return to those or similar neighborhoods as volunteers with youth, to try to reach children or adolescents who might have the same potential they had.
    • They have untapped skills that they can use by volunteering with your organization.
    • They want experience and/or training in your field of work. They might want to try out the work to see if it’s a career possibility, or they might want the experience as a credential for another kind of job.
    • They actively enjoy the kind of work that their volunteering entails: it’s fun for them.

    • They enjoy the social situation, and value the contacts with other volunteers, participants, and staff members. This is often true for people who don’t work outside the home, and don’t have the daily social contact that such work brings with it – seniors, stay-at-home mothers, etc.
    • It makes them feel needed and useful.
  • If you want to know more follow this link: http://ctb.ku.edu/en/tablecontents/sub_section_main_1107.aspx

    Fred Molesworth, AF7S
    Communications Officer
    Oregon Office of Emergency Management

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