Extensive research on volunteerism exists on the national and international level, but there is very little research available in this area at the state and community level. This survey explores volunteerism among AARP members in New York, and profiles their current volunteer experience, motivations for volunteering, reasons for not volunteering, and interest in future opportunities to volunteer.
Many New York members say they would be motivated to volunteer by the opportunity to stay active and busy, help older people, meet new people, make a difference, and have fun. Education or tutoring, aging services and issues, and fun and leisure are among activities mentioned as being of interest.
AARP's mail survey of 2,000 of its 2,489,000 members in New York was conducted in July 2001. The report was prepared by Jennifer H. Sauer of AARP Knowledge Management who may be contacted at 202/434-6207 for more information. (39 pages)