Volunteerism and Social Problems: Making Things Better or Worse?
Article first published online: 13 AUG 2004
Journal of Social Issues
Volume 60, Issue 3, pages 645–666, September 2004
How to Cite
Penner, L. A. (2004), Volunteerism and Social Problems: Making Things Better or Worse?. Journal of Social Issues, 60: 645–666. doi: 10.1111/j.0022-4537.2004.00377.x
- Issue published online: 13 AUG 2004
- Article first published online: 13 AUG 2004
Volunteerism is described and defined and then a model of the decision to volunteer is presented. Data from an archival analysis of volunteering after the September 11, 2001 attacks and an on-line survey of volunteers are presented in support of the model. Finally, the implications of increasing volunteerism for the solution of social problems are considered.