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What is Your Reason for Doing This?
June 3, 2018 @ 5:50 AM by: Richard Steinecke

Organizations like Oasis, that rely on volunteers, study why volunteers come. There are many studies that identify the benefits of volunteering for the volunteers themselves. And there are lot including improved physical, psychological, cognitive and social health along with the warm, fuzzy feeling we all experience. Tying the volunteer experience into those benefits helps organizations recruit and retain volunteers. Recently I heard a presentation on the passage “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”. The speaker made the point that those who volunteer with a view as to what they will get out of it, get very little out of it. Those who approach volunteering humbly, as an opportunity, indeed a privilege, bestowed upon them by the gracious creator, get it right and are more likely to remain long-term volunteers. I did not see that rationale in the social studies!

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