Date of Award

5-1-2005

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S.W.

Department

School of Social Work

First Advisor

Sarita Davis, Ph.D.

Abstract

This study evaluates the efficacy of the AIDS Walk as a vehicle for reasons for volunteering. The efficacy of child rearing practices on volunteerism is measured by the following: parent’s volunteerism when volunteers were children, participating because of family experience with volunteerism, participating to honor a loved one, and age at which volunteers starts volunteering. In this study, a sample of 100 AIDS Walk Atlanta participants is assessed on their volunteerism. The SPSS software program was used to interpret the outcomes. The findings and results of the study are presented using descriptive and inferential data. Finally, this evaluation provides implications for social work practice that improve the implementation and planning around reasons volunteerism.

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