Targeted recruitment of 4-H volunteers involves understanding who currently volunteers and why

Sanford S. Smith, James C. Finley

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Abstract

Targeted recruitment of volunteers appeals to volunteer managers who desire to increase both their program scope and the efficiency of their outreach efforts. This article describes a Pennsylvania study looking at who currently volunteers to teach youth about natural resources (forestry, wildlife, and water) through 4-H, for the purpose of better identifying and finding more volunteers. A telephone survey with 4-H agents and semi-structured interviews with 4-H volunteers depict the current natural resources volunteers and suggest three promising groups of potential volunteers. Important characteristics to look for among the members of these groups and a direct recruitment approach are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Extension
Volume42
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education

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