Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)




This study investigates what initially motivates a volunteer and if this motivation remains constant over time or if it changes. Using a modified Volunteer Functions Inventory, volunteers in a human service organization were questioned to determine their initial motivation and why they either remain active volunteers or no longer volunteer.

Volunteers have always been a component of the American culture. From the Minutemen of the American Revolution to today's volunteer firemen, volunteers are vital to the success of many organizations and programs. Recruiting volunteers can be as easy as "asking them", but once volunteers are recruited and trained, how does an organization insure their ongoing assistance? Leaders in agencies dependent on volunteers to fulfill the mission can be aided in their efforts by understanding how best to recruit volunteers. Additionally, the leader can provide volunteers with a successful volunteer experience, allowing volunteers to reach personal motivational goals.


SC 11.MAL.2002.Hudson.NA