Volunteerism and Community Problems

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  • Title: Volunteerism and Community Problems: Determinants of Volunteering among Immigrants and Non-immigrants
  • Author(s): Kofi Danso, Barnieh Opoku Manu
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Community Diversity
  • Keywords: Volunteerism, Civic Engagement, Community Involvement, Immigrants, Community Problems
  • Volume: 19
  • Issue: 1
  • Year: 2019
  • ISSN: 2327-0004 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2327-2147 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2327-0004/CGP/v19i01/19-33
  • Citation: Danso, Kofi, and Barnieh Opoku Manu. 2019. "Volunteerism and Community Problems: Determinants of Volunteering among Immigrants and Non-immigrants." The International Journal of Community Diversity 19 (1): 19-33. doi:10.18848/2327-0004/CGP/v19i01/19-33.
  • Extent: 15 pages

Abstract

This study uses population-based cross-sectional data from the California Health and Interview Survey of United States to identify and compare the predictors of volunteerism between immigrants and non-immigrants. Logistic regression analyses indicated that health, education, and homeownership were factors negatively associated with volunteerism regardless of immigrant status. In addition, with the exception of native-born Asians, most of the racial and ethnic groups were less inclined to volunteer than their White counterparts. Employment, gender, and marital status were negatively associated with volunteerism, though these same factors were not statistically significant for immigrants. English-proficient immigrants were less likely to engage in volunteerism. Urban dwellers, irrespective of their immigrant status, were more likely to volunteer compared to their counterparts who were rural residents. It is evident that there are differences and similarities in the predictors of volunteerism between immigrants and non-immigrants.