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Family volunteering: Making a difference together.

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Family volunteering: Making a difference together.

Reilly, Rosemary C. and Vesic, Vesna (2003) Family volunteering: Making a difference together. Leisure / Loisir: The Journal of the Canadian Association of Leisure Studies, 27 (3-4). pp. 305-332. ISSN 1492-7713

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Abstract

This paper discusses the implementation and evaluation of a family volunteering program, an initiative using a broad definition of family working together to: enrich the lives of others; strengthen family ties; and improve the quality of community life. Two families participated by volunteering together at a seniors' centre. Summative evaluation of the pilot and interviews conducted one year later suggest that participants experienced beneficial effects, describing the experience as enjoyable, meaningful, and integrative, as well as increasing their motivation to incorporate volunteering into the lives of others. This pilot confirms that family volunteering successfully combines community service and leisure into a gratifying and worthwhile activity for participants of all ages, extending the customary boundaries of the concept of family recreation.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Applied Human Sciences
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Reilly, Rosemary C. and Vesic, Vesna
Journal or Publication:Leisure / Loisir: The Journal of the Canadian Association of Leisure Studies
Date:2003
Keywords:Family Volunteering; Leisure; Community Service; Benefits
ID Code:6427
Deposited By:ROSEMARY REILLY
Deposited On:01 Dec 2009 14:04
Last Modified:02 Nov 2012 16:01
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