Value – a desire to help those less fortunate than themselves / a selfless concern for the well-being of others.
- “I am concerned about those less fortunate than myself”
- “I am genuinely concerned about the particular group I am serving”
- “I feel compassion toward people in need”
- “I can do something for a cause that is important to me”
- “I feel it is important to help others”
Social – to meet new people and make new friends or to be with their friends.
- “My friends volunteer”
- “People I am close to want me to volunteer”
- “Others to whom I am close place a high value on community service”
- “Volunteering is an important activity to the people I know best”
- “People I know share an interest in community service”
Protective – as a means to “work through their own personal problems” and “a good escape”
- “No matter how bad I’ve been feeling, volunteering helps me to forget about it”
- “By volunteering I feel less lonely”
- ”Volunteering helps me work through my own personal problems”
- “Volunteering is a good escape from my own troubles”
- “Doing volunteer work relieves me of some of the guilt over being more fortunate than others”
Understanding – seek to explore their own strengths and expand their understanding of the cause and other volunteers.
- “I can learn more about the cause for which I am working”
- “Volunteering allows me to gain a new perspective on things”
- “Volunteering lets me learn through direct hands-on experience”
- “I can learn how to deal with a variety of people”
- “I can explore my own strengths”
Enhancement (esteem) – to make themselves feel more important and needed.
- “Volunteering makes me feel important”
- “Volunteering increases my self-esteem”
- “Volunteering makes me feel needed”
- “Volunteering is a way to make new friends”
- “Volunteering makes me feel better about myself”