Hvers vegna gerist fólk sjálfboðaliðar hjá Rauða krossinum á Íslandi?

Steinunn Hrafnsdóttir, Ómar H. Kristmundsson, Guðbjörg Andrea Jónsdóttir


The paper discusses the particular reasons underlying decisions to begin voluntary work at the Icelandic Red Cross (IRC) and if social and demographic background predicts voluntary participation in the organization. A questionnaire was sent to all volunteers with the IRC (N= 2733) in 2014 and 901 replied. The findings show that a vast majority of the volunteers said the most important reason for volunteering was their basic values. However, other reasons also had influence, such as social and career related reasons. Demographic variables, especially age, had influence on how people ranked the reasons. It is more common that women volunteer for the IRC than men. Respondents over 50 years old volunteer more often  for the IRC than younger participants. Four out of ten of the volunteers had finished upper secondary education and a third had a university degree. Most of the respondents were in full time work and it was more common to do voluntary work if they lived in rural areas compared to urban areas. The results are mostly in accordance with international findings on welfare organizations and they provide important information about reasons Icelanders give for volunteering and show that the reasons are conditioned by demographic factors.


Keywords: volunteers, reasons, demography, Icelandic Red Cross.


volunteers; reasons; demography; Icelandic Red Cross




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