Presenter Information

Joshua Balk, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Start Date

1-5-2014 1:00 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 2:00 PM

Project Type

Poster- Restricted to Campus Access

Description

Volunteering has been such an integral part of my time at Colby that I decided to take this opportunity to expand my knowledge on the subject. I want explore two dimensions of volunteering at Colby. The first is what kinds of students volunteer at Colby. I will look at the role of gender, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, religion, athletics, clubs, campus job, and class year. More generally, I also wanted to determine what proportion of people actually volunteer, for how long each week, month, semester, and year, and what kinds of volunteer activities people are doing at Colby. The second dimension of my research question is why people volunteer or, in other words, what motivates students to volunteer? Are people motivated by altruism, a sense of social responsibility, social pressures from ones friends or family, a desire to get some experience in a field of interest, rsum building, a class requirement, a sense of pleasure or enjoyment, or something else?

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Sociology Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Social Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

147

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May 1st, 1:00 PM May 1st, 2:00 PM

The Sociology of Volunteering at Colby College 2013-2014: A Study Examining Who Volunteers at Colby and Why

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Volunteering has been such an integral part of my time at Colby that I decided to take this opportunity to expand my knowledge on the subject. I want explore two dimensions of volunteering at Colby. The first is what kinds of students volunteer at Colby. I will look at the role of gender, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, religion, athletics, clubs, campus job, and class year. More generally, I also wanted to determine what proportion of people actually volunteer, for how long each week, month, semester, and year, and what kinds of volunteer activities people are doing at Colby. The second dimension of my research question is why people volunteer or, in other words, what motivates students to volunteer? Are people motivated by altruism, a sense of social responsibility, social pressures from ones friends or family, a desire to get some experience in a field of interest, rsum building, a class requirement, a sense of pleasure or enjoyment, or something else?

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2014/program/204