As you call forth vocations to catechesis, it’s good to know why people volunteer in the first place. Understanding why people volunteer makes it easier to identify and invite people to volunteer. Research shows that people volunteer for the following reasons.
- Achievement—to learn new skills, accomplish something worthwhile, increase self-esteem
- Challenge—to stretch themselves, discover gifts and talents
- Creativity—to express themselves creatively
- Independence—to undertake a task on their own (separate from spouse or family)
- Leadership—to develop personal leadership ability
- Recognition—to accomplish something that will reflect positively (to polish their resume, etc.)
- Self-Expression—to articulate and pass on strongly held beliefs
- Service—to be of service to others, give back
- Socialization—to make new friends
Research also shows that women volunteer more than men and that the age group most willing to volunteer is between 35 and 44.