Volunteers play a vital role in 4-H programs. Without their service, many programs would not be possible. Understanding volunteer motives provides Extension educators with tools for finding high-quality volunteers. The research reported here used McClelland's (1985) framework for motivation (affiliation, achievement, and power) and phenomenological research design to discover what motivates volunteers to serve as leaders for a 4-H club. The findings support McClelland's description of the need for affiliation and achievement. It is recommended that Extension volunteer leaders select volunteers that exhibit a high need for affiliation and achievement to serve the 4-H organization
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Shcrock, J., & Kelsey, K. D. (2013). A Phenomenological Look at 4-H Volunteer Motives for Service. The Journal of Extension, 51(2), Article 29. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.51.02.29