Volunteer Biennial Survey 2017

Volunteers reported

 

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Volunteers participated an average of 8.6 Sundays in the past year

Reasons for volunteering:


Desire to serve community

74%

Because I believe in what the program is doing

71%

Because it is fun and I enjoy the experience

69%

Part of requirement for a degree/class

47%

My friends and I are volunteering together

24%

Opportunity to volunteer with my family members

21%

Practice Spanish language

18%

Expose my children to volunteering

16%

Other

15%

For college application

15%

Considering related careers

7%

Court ordered programs (e.g., Sentencing Alternatives Program, Restorative Justice Program, etc.)

1%

Volunteers helped in these program areas:


Art Projects

62%

Food / Cooking Projects

36%

Academic Games

34%

Shopping Guide

32%

Educational Board Games

27%

Cafeteria / Store Setup

19%

Computer Education Class

18%

Takedown

15%

Outreach Events (Shopping Sprees)

14%

Banking

12%

Store Role

12%

Spanish Letter Translating

12%

ESL Class

10%

Photography

10%

Healthy Food Preparation

10%

Take Home Projects

8%

Other

7%

Piano

6%

Sidewalk Sale

6%

Behind the Scenes activities

6%

Kitchen Manager Asst.

4%

Exercise

4%

Bike Shop

3%

Shopping Coordination

3%

Health related activities

3%

Helping with surveys

3%

Translator for surveys, book reports, writing assignments, etc.

3%

Consultations

2%

Classes for Parents

2%

Health Screenings

1%

Volunteering at Sunday Friends is different than other places because:


It feels like a community

76%

It is friendly

76%

I feel like I am making a difference

69%

I understand the purpose of the organization

69%

It is easy to interact with the Staff

58%

I have opportunities to get to know people from other cultures

56%

I want to keep volunteering

56%

I am given respect

49%

I am valued for my contribution

48%

It helps me understand other people's problems

46%

I am learning new things about people

45%

 

 

 

 

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Percentage of volunteers who agreed (or strongly agreed) that because of their experience with Sunday Friends:


They feel they are treated with respect

93%

They are more sensitive to the needs of people like those attending the Sunday Friends program from low-income families

92%

They are more understanding of others’ life circumstances

90%

They now have a greater awareness of the community that they live in

88%

They feel that they have had a positive influence on children and/or parents in this program

86%

They feel valued by volunteers and staff in this program

86%

Their spirits are lifted after volunteering with Sunday Friends

85%

They feel better about themselves

83%

Volunteering has made their lives more meaningful

82%

They feel valued by children who attend this program

82%

They are more likely to do volunteer work in the future

82%

They feel valued by parents who attend this program

81%

They are more aware of their behavior because they are role models

76%

They have learned to be better mentors

75%

They have had the opportunity to develop leadership skills

73%

They feel more comfortable interacting with people who belong to another culture

72%

They recognize more similarities between themselves and families like those of Sunday Friends

71%

They have learned to handle more responsibility

68%

They have gained self-confidence

68%

Their perceptions of very low-income people have changed

67%

They interact more with people from different socio-economic groups when they are not at Sunday Friends

56%