ERIC Number: ED120391
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Feb
Reference Count: 0
ACTION, Washington, DC.
The study presents statistics in verbal, graphic, and tabular form based on three different population sets: the population as a whole, the volunteer population during the year ending in April 1974, and the volunteer population during the week of April 7-13, 1974. The most typical volunteer was a married white woman between ages 25 and 44 who held a college degree and was in the upper income bracket. Most volunteers (50%) during the week of April 7-13, 1974 engaged in religious oriented activities. For other activities the respective percentages for that week were: education, 15%; health, 15%; civic/community action, 14%; citizenship, 12%; recreation, 11%; social welfare, 7%; politics, 3%; and justice, 1%. A comparison of the present study with one done in 1965 shows that more volunteers are working more hours each week and with greater regularity than the earlier group. The three most frequently cited reasons for volunteering were: helping others, enjoying volunteer work, and satisfying a sense of duty. Of individuals involved in volunteerism, 15% said they were not going to continue as volunteers, mostly due to project termination. Four appendixes contain survey methods and reliability data, the survey questionnaire, and descriptions of ACTION programs. (Author/JR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: ACTION, Washington, DC.