ERIC Number: ED154272
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov-22
Reference Count: 0
Factors Relating to Retention of Senior Volunteers.
Kallan, Florence K.; Leyendecker, Gertrude T.
The purpose of this study was to survey a sample of RSVP volunteers in an attempt to identify those areas of the program which were and were not providing satisfaction. Subjects were 100 volunteers, 50 who had dropped out of the program and 50 who were still active. A telephone survey was conducted by trained staff. The results for most volunteers who are continuing to serve are as follows: (1) they are assigned to community agencies; (2) they are between ages 70 and 74; (3) they were recruited by center staff or other volunteers; (4) they appear very much satisfied with their assignments; (5) they see meals as an important program component; (6) they were less affected by health programs than drop-outs; (7) about 50% live alone; and (8) they were little affected by feelings about staff or transportation. Except for health factors, no statistically significant differences were found between continuing program volunteers and drop-outs. Thus, the satisfactions measured by this survey must no longer be the major factors leading to retention of volunteers. Additional research is needed to isolate those conditions which influence retention. (Author/JLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Senior Volunteer Retention
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Gerontological Society (29th, New York, N.Y., October, 1977)