Allen M. Omoto Assistant professor of psychology at the University of Kansas.
Aids volunteers and their motivations: Theoretical issues and practical concerns
Article first published online: 12 SEP 2006
Copyright © 1993 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company
Nonprofit Management and Leadership
Volume 4, Issue 2, pages 157–176, Winter 1993
How to Cite
Omoto, A. M. and Snyder, M. (1993), Aids volunteers and their motivations: Theoretical issues and practical concerns. Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 4: 157–176. doi: 10.1002/nml.4130040204
- Issue published online: 12 SEP 2006
- Article first published online: 12 SEP 2006
- American Foundation for AIDS Research, the National Institute of Mental Health, the University of Kansas, and the University of Minnesota
Volunteers and volunteer organizations are critical elements in society's response to the HIV epidemic. This article reviews a model of the volunteer process that draws on psychological theory and methodology and incorporates concerns of individual volunteers, volunteer organizations, and society at large. An inventory for assessing the motivations of AIDS volunteers is introduced. The findings from a survey of volunteers working in AIDS organizations around the United States speak to their motivations, their choices of volunteer roles, and their decisions about quitting or continuing service. Based on these findings, a detailed set of recommendations for effective volunteer recruitment, assignment, and retention is offered.