ERIC Number: ED326639
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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Volunteers Enhance the Quality of Life in a Community...or (How to Get Them, Train Them and Keep Them).
Murk, Peter J.; Stephan, Jane F.
Volunteers assume a wide variety of responsibilities in community organizations. In service-oriented activities, adult and community educators make extensive use of volunteers, asking them to fulfill a number of roles and giving them such responsibilities as tutoring, counseling, problem solving, and decision making. Issue- or cause-oriented activities seek volunteers who work to make community agencies and individuals aware of a need for social and community change. Knowing why people volunteer their time and talents is important to understanding volunteer motivation and involvement. They volunteer to help other people, to benefit society, to use socializing skills, to develop or maintain personal development skills, and for employment-related motives. Recruitment of volunteers should be done with a major campaign to address the needs of the agency, the needs of the volunteer, and the needs of the director. A job description should be presented to the applicant, and an effective training program should be developed and implemented. Adult education principles are helpful in developing meaningful, effective training programs. Retention is best accomplished through the development of feelings of importance and belonging. Rewards and recognition are also important to volunteers. (12 references) (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - General
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (Salt Lake City, UT, October 28-November 3, 1990).