Why People Volunteer
The formula for successful volunteering that emerges from this study appears to go something like this: Provide opportunities for personal achievement, allow volunteers to make new discoveries about themselves and others, and enable them to feel they are forming social bonds and strengthening their community. Mix with appropriate training, feedback and recognition and you have volunteers who feel energised by the assignment, see it as fun to do and complete it feeling better than when they started.
Incentives For Volunteering
The participants identified a number of incentives that had either influenced their decisions to become involved in volunteer work, or that they thought might encourage others to join:
Recognition and feedback
Giving something back
Bringing about social change
Friendship, support, bonding and a feeling of belonging
Many volunteers care a lot about the work they do and it bothers them that society doesn’t place enough value on it.