Why Do People Do Volunteer Work-Research Proposal Essays

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Why volunteer? Factors that motivate volunteer behaviour in a church, from the perspective of the volunteer. AUTHUR: 31889638

Assignment 02



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Mr James Guilder
Kenneth Copeland Ministries
Milton Office Park
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Dear Sir
In our most recent meeting you expressed some frustration at the ministries inability to retain volunteers for its various projects. I believe I may be able to assist in this regard.
As you know, I am currently an honours student in Psychology at the University of South
Africa (UNISA) and as such I have a special interest in the factors which motivate the behaviour of different individuals. As part of my honours
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The answers to these questions lie in the lived experiences of current church volunteers. By allowing them to express their ideas, feelings, expectations and experiences; it may be possible to gain some insight into the reasons for volunteerism in a church. In order to produce the descriptive data necessary a qualitative research design will be used. This design is appropriate because it endeavours to understanding a phenomenon rather than measuring the relationship between variables. It is interested in understanding the processes and the social and cultural contexts which influence different behavioural patterns.

Problem statement
The problem statement of this research is: What motivates people to do volunteer work within a church setting? What motivates them to give of their own time an energy to an organisation and to other people, without being compensated? What are their experiences and what do they gain?
The definition of a volunteer according to Wilson and Musick is someone who contributes time to helping others with no expectation of pay or other material benefit to herself.
(Tutorial Letter 103 for HRPYC81, 2014. p. 5) Volunteerism is defined in the US History
Encyclopaedia (Tutorial Letter 103 for HRPYC81, 2014. p. 5) as “contributing one’s time or talent for charitable, educational, social, political, or other worthwhile purposes, usually in one’s own community, freely and without regard for compensation.”

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