ERIC Number: ED450243
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
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Factors Influencing the Recruiting and Retaining of Volunteers in Community Organizations.
Davis, Kyle R.
The factors influencing recruitment and retention of volunteers in community organizations were identified through a literature review. The following were among the key findings: (1) helping others is the main reason people volunteer; (2) personal invitation is the most effective means of recruiting volunteers; (3) individuals who are satisfied with their personal life are the most satisfied volunteers; (4) volunteers' satisfaction lies in a sense of self-knowledge and finding a good fit between personal values, motives, and skills for the volunteer position; (5) minority communities are an untapped population to be recruited for volunteer service; (6) Black American and Hispanic American men have been the most difficult groups to recruit; (6) interviews are an important factor in recruiting, and they prove beneficial to individuals seeking to volunteer and organizations; (7) recruiting through the use of advertising requires additional resources and time and is not as effective as personal invitations are; (8) volunteers continue to serve when they have interaction with others in the organizations and when they believe that they and their work are recognized; and (9) organizations utilizing volunteers must be equipped to recruit and retain volunteers that will benefit the organization's mission, objectives, and population served. (Contains 22 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Adult Programs, Blacks, Church Role, Community Organizations, Definitions, Educational Research, Hispanic Americans, Individual Characteristics, Influences, Interpersonal Relationship, Interviews, Labor Turnover, Life Satisfaction, Literature Reviews, Males, Minority Groups, Motivation, Motivation Techniques, Recruitment, Religion, Values, Volunteer Training, Volunteers
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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