P e t e r D. HART. RESEARCH. A. S. S. O. C. I. A. T. E. S. Research Findings March 2004. Potential Volunteers: A Demographic Profile. VolunteerMatch site users are:. Overwhelmingly female (84% women, 16% men);
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VolunteerMatch site users are:
Compared to other things you do in your life, how important to you is your volunteer work?
Not very important
One of the most important things in my life
The more frequently that Potentials volunteer, the more likely they are to say that volunteering is important in their life.
Which of the following is the most important reason why you volunteer?
To help others/feel like I’ve made a difference
To be involved/feel connected to my community
To contribute to a cause that I care about
To use my skills in a productive way
To develop skills, knowledge, experience
To meet people, make new friends/acquaintances
To fulfill a community service requirement
By 60% to 40%, Potentials prefer to volunteer with others rather than on their own; this is especially true of younger volunteers.
Which two/three of these volunteering areas most interest you?
How often do you volunteer?
How many hours per visit do you volunteer?
Three or four hours
One or two hours
Once a week or more
Three times a year or less
One to three times a month
Four to 11 times a year
Five or more hours
Under an hour
I had not volunteered before using VolunteerMatch
I had volunteered before
How often do you use VolunteerMatch?
One to three times a year
At least two or three times a month
Four to 11 times a year
Once a month
How many volunteer opportunities do you generally respond to before finding the right place to volunteer?
Two or three
Four to six
Seven or more
How satisfied have you been with your experiences volunteering with organizations you found through VolunteerMatch?
VM makes it easier for me to find volunteer opptys
I am more satisfied with VM than other online services of volunteer info
I am more likely to find satisfying volunteer rela-tionship because of VM
I am more likely to volunteer because of VM
Which of the following challenges keep your organization from making greater use of volunteers?
Finding people who can commit enough time
Finding people whose schedules match our needs
Finding people with the skills and abilities we need
Cost of training and managing volunteers
Cost of recruiting volunteers
Limited organizational commitment to volunteer programs
Most useful volunteer recruiting strategies
Word of mouth
Our Web site
Internet recruiting services
Live presentations to groups
Local volunteer center
Relationship with local corporations
On average, what proportion of the people who respond are you able to engage as volunteers?
None ofthe people
50% to 100% of the people
1% to 9% of the people
20% to 49% of the people
10% to 19% of the people
How satisfied have you been with the quality of volunteers you have recruited through VolunteerMatch?
Provides a valuable service to us
Has helped us reach out/ recruit volunteers we wouldn’t have found
Makes it easier for us to find the right volunteers
Has helped us find the volunteers we need
Has allowed us to free up valuable resources