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Previous research finds that…

  • In a South Australian study in 2016, the most common way the formal volunteers surveyed became involved in volunteering was: ‘involvement with a club/association’ (21%); followed by ‘someone asked me’ (19%); a ‘family history/culture of volunteering’ (15%); and ‘through my children’s school’ (12%).
  • Reasons cited for volunteering include personal satisfaction, to feel part of the community, friendship and increased self-esteem.
  • Perceived benefits to recipients of volunteering included: ‘people get help they wouldn’t otherwise get’ (24%); ‘many community projects/programs would cease to exist’ (21%); and ‘many organisations would cease to exist’ (20%).

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