Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Lois Bosch

Second Advisor

Clarice Staff

Third Advisor

Michelle Nash


This descriptive study explores the motivations of college students for initial and continued involvement in community service organizations. Subjects held leadership positions in a specific collegiate volunteer organization and responded to a survey designed to elicit motivations for initial and continued involvement with voluntary service organizations. The survey also collected demographic characteristics of the sample population. Results indicate altruistic motivations are most important followed closely by egoistic motivations. This study distinguished between "ego affiliation motives" and "ego enrichment motives" and found them both to be important factors. No significant difference was shown between initial and continued motivations, although a change in motivation was demonstrated. The findings of this research will facilitate the development of stronger, more successful recruitment and retention programs for volunteer-utilizing organizations. Furthermore, the results of this research will contribute to the field of social services, specifically at its juncture with the volunteer sector.


SC 11.MSW.2001.Refshaug.TK

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