Top 10 reasons why volunteers serve

September 17, 2008

Heard this insightful list from a presentation by Don Simmons about why volunteers serve:

  1. Someone asked them (93%)
  2. Compelling need
  3. Personal connection
  4. Gratitude for being served
  5. Spiritual/ religious beliefs
  6. Social needs
  7. Job skill/ resume’ development
  8. Guilt
  9. Boredom
  10. External influences (family members, influential leaders, advertising)

Notice that spiritual reasons is #5, meaning that not many people think about serving to be like Jesus. #1 reason that most people volunteer is because someone asked and invited them with the words, “Do this with me.”

2 other helpful articles by Don Simmons: Respecting Volunteers and Equipping With the Goal in Mind.

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