Title

Program Participants’ Input on Service Development in a Faith-Based Volunteer Program

Document Type

Presentation

Document Subtype

Abstract

Presentation Date

4-5-2013

Conference Name

North Central sociological Association

Conference Location

Indianapolis, IN

Peer Review

No

Abstract

This evaluation research investigated the impact of a faith-based volunteer program, more specifically how well the program serves to connect their faith-based volunteers with non-profit organizations (NPOs) in the greater Fort Wayne, Indiana area. According to studies (cf. Bean, 2007; Lammers, 1991; Watson, 1994), organizational factors, such as volunteer training, task preparation, and support system within the program, greatly affect levels of volunteers’ performances and satisfaction. Therefore, by focusing on these organizational factors, we examined how volunteers perceive their own experiences relating to their host program and to what extent they feel satisfied with their work. To collect information on volunteers’ experience serving a particular agency or multiple agencies during their assignments, surveys and interviews were conducted. Based on the results, four recommendations were made to the program.

Keywords

evaluaiton; faith-based volunteer program; community-based research; applied sociology

Disciplines

Community-Based Research | Sociology

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