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Why people volunteer - a few possible motivations

  • Why people volunteerTo feel needed
  • To make a difference
  • To get to know a new neighbourhood
  • To help someone
  • Because a friend asked them
  • To gain or improve skills
  • Because they have time on their hands
  • To do their civic duty
  • To be with people who are different
  • To keep busy
  • Because the agency is close by
  • To do something with a family member
  • To learn the truth
  • To do one's share
  • For recognition
  • To get a better balance in life
  • To make new friend
  • To explore a new career
  • Because they are bored
  • To demonstrate commitment to a cause
  • As therapy
  • To do something different from their job
  • To have something to get up for
  • For fun
  • For religious reasons
  • To repay a debt
  • To learn about Irish/other cultures
  • For work experience
  • To give something back
  • As an excuse to do something they love
  • To donate their professional skills
  • Because there is no one else to do it
  • To feel good
  • To have an impact
  • Because they can't do paid work
  • To be part of a team
  • To be an advocate
  • To gain status
  • To get out of the house
  • To test themselves
  • To escape
  • To become an "insider"
  • To be an agent of change
  • Personal experience with a problem
  • Guilt
  • Because of concern for the client group
  • To gain access to services themselves
  • To be challenged
  • To experiment
  • As an alternative to giving money
  • To be a watchdog
  • To feel proud
  • Because they were asked
  • To stand up and be counted