Exploring the Influence of Religion among the Most Active Volunteer Service Club Members
Social Work and Christianity
Using an in-depth case study method, this study explored how similar language, symbols, and rituals foster a cultural expectation for helping oth- ers that is congruent to both religious and volunteer service club settings. Emerging themes suggest that religious beliefs and a sense of patriotism influenced the participation of the most active volunteer members in two service clubs from the Southeast and Midwest. Implications include sup- port for Cnaan's "club theory" as well as a reminder for social workers to take note of and appreciate the influences that may stir the most active volunteers to participate in community service.
Members, religion, service, volunteer, volunteerism
Sherr, Michael E. and Shields, G., "Exploring the Influence of Religion among the Most Active Volunteer Service Club Members" (2005). Social Work Faculty Publications. 57.