Volunteering for museums: the variation in motives across volunteer age groups
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The value of volunteering is well documented, and though there is a readily availablerecruitment pool for volunteers, many come from an aging population that is also relatively affluentand has many more opportunities and demands for their free time in retirement. This paper examinesthe motives of older volunteers in a state museum in Australia with the aim of differentiating motivationswithin subsets of volunteering groups. The study undertook a census of 450 volunteers at themuseum, using the Voluntary Functions Inventory (VFI). The findings reveal various levels of motivationwithin the older age groups. Such findings can assist volunteer agencies in enhancing the qualityof their volunteers’ experience.
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