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Title: FACTORS PERCEIVED TO INFLUENCE LONG-TERM VOLUNTEERISM AMONG VOLUNTEERS AT A FAMILY SERVICE CENTRE IN SINGAPORE : A FOCUSED ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY
Authors: CINDY TAN WEN QIU
Keywords: Volunteer
motivation
challenges
long-term volunteerism
Issue Date: 25-May-2019
Citation: CINDY TAN WEN QIU (2019-05-25). FACTORS PERCEIVED TO INFLUENCE LONG-TERM VOLUNTEERISM AMONG VOLUNTEERS AT A FAMILY SERVICE CENTRE IN SINGAPORE : A FOCUSED ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Background Volunteerism contributes significantly to the development of any country. Although volunteer participation rate in Singapore has steadily increased over the years, the proportion of individuals volunteering on a regular basis remains small. While existing literature has explored individuals’ motivations to start volunteering, there is a dearth of literature exploring individuals’ motivations and challenges to sustain long-term volunteerism. Aim The aim of this study was to explore motivations and challenges perceived to influence long-term volunteerism among volunteers. Methods A focused ethnographic approach was used for this study. 20 volunteers were recruited via purposive sampling. Non-participant observations and individual semi-structured interviews were conducted at a local family service centre until data saturation was reached. Field notes, observational and interview data were triangulated and analysed using thematic analysis to form emerging themes. Penner’s model of sustained volunteerism provided the conceptual underpinnings of the study. 2 Findings Three main themes emerged from the data: ‘fulfilling life goals’, ‘making meaning of the experience’ and ‘striking a balance', which was overall described as ‘providing and receiving good deeds’. These themes described the motivations that drive volunteers to continue volunteering and challenges that hindered with their volunteering commitments. Implications This study encourages organisations to help volunteers achieve their goals by matching activities that best suit their motives and capabilities to sustain their commitments. To overcome the perceived challenges, organisations can offer greater role flexibility. Future research may explore other types of volunteer activities and involve more non-profit organisations serving various beneficiaries to obtain a more holistic understanding of motivations and challenges influencing long-term volunteerism. Conclusion The findings suggested that sustained volunteerism is a multidimensional construct involving an interplay of various organisational and individual factors. Organisations play an important role in facilitating sustained engagement and mediating challenges faced by volunteers.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/153844
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