252 3 primary reasons that people get involved

  1. Altruism: They want to make their community a better place.
  2. Faith or fellowship: They respond to their own religious beliefs or like to be with people they enjoy.
  3. Self-interest: They want to make useful contacts, advance their career, or even run for public office. This is #3 but not as important as the first two reasons.

From Profile of Illinois: An Engaged State, the final report of the Illinois Civic Engagement Project, University of Illinois Springfield and United Way of Illinois, 2001. It was based on the first statewide survey of civic engagement in Illinois. For 68 recommendations (PDF) on how to get people more involved, see the complete report. Or see http://civic.uis.edu.

Posted on June 10, 2014