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Motives and Incentives of Older Adult Volunteers: Tapping an Aging Population for Youth Development Workers

Journal of Extension

Author: Rouse, S. B., Clawson, B.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1992


Our aging population can be an important resource for providing Extension youth development programs with service from volunteers who have the essential time & skills. In an investigation of the motives & incentives of 346 older adult volunteers (age 50+) in North Carolina, questionnaire results show achievement, affiliation, & purpose to be the primary motivators. It is suggested that Extension should provide older volunteers with concrete feedback about task-related performance, allow volunteers to use skills they perform well, & assign them challenging volunteer positions. In addition, they should be given opportunities to make a significant contribution to society & help to attain a valued goal or purpose.

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Pages: 9-12
Volume: 30
Accession Number: 28.5.03
Keywords: North America, older
Reads: 220