A large sample of volunteers from a midwestern city chapter of the American Red Cross were studied to identify demographic correlates of the reasons given for volunteering. The findings suggest that the reasons people give for doing volunteer work are conditioned by their age, sex, and marital status. Implications for volunteer programs and future research are discussed.
Gillespie, David F. and King I, Anthony E. O.
"Demographic Understanding of Volunteerism,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 12
, Article 8.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol12/iss4/8