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The current study investigates the relationship between volunteer stewardship action-taking, motivation toward engagement in volunteer activities, and the ability to teach others during the COVID-19 pandemic. The final data set included 1,196 responses from the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners and Master Watershed volunteers, which provided a response rate of 39.9%. The results of this study showed that approximately 15.1% of the variation in volunteer stewardship action-taking experiences could be explained by volunteers’ motivation toward engagement in volunteer activities and their ability to teach others. Most findings are in line with previous research. Extension and outreach educators and volunteer coordinators can better prepare their Master Gardeners and Master Watershed volunteers for effective responses to their community needs, especially in times of uncertainty. More research is needed in volunteer stewardship action-taking experiences during times of uncertainty and change.
Windon, S. R.,
(2023). Volunteers’ Stewardship Action-Taking Experiences During the COVID-19 Pandemic Predicted by Their Motivation Toward Engagement and Ability to Teach Others.
Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 11(3), 2.
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