Why Do People Volunteer?

Why do people volunteer? Volunteers come from all walks of life and from all age groups. In fact, in North America alone, volunteers annually contribute many billions of dollars of billable hours – for no money. There are many reasons why people choose to offer work time for no cost:

• Because they support a cause

• To make a difference or contribute to a community, school, church, team

• To right a wrong or a lack they see in society

• To gain work experience

• To interact with other people and meet others

• To do something they feel is important