Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication


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Published in The Journal of Agricultural Education, volume 41 (2000), pages 40-49. Used by permission.
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This study explored motives and identified strategies for service recognition of a sample (714) of Nebraska 4-H organizational and project volunteer leaders. On average, volunteers sampled were 43 years of age, parents of children in 4-H, and had been involved as a 4-H member more than 7 years. Respondents were predominately motivated by affiliation, and, therefore, identified most strongly with volunteering because of a desire to help others, associate with youth, and to be with their children involved in 4-H. Volunteers preferred to be recognized for their service by 4-H members in various forms. No relationship was established between motives to volunteer and preferred forms of recognition.