Why master gardeners stop volunteering: Lack of time

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Nearly 300 Master Gardeners (MGs) who stopped volunteering were surveyed as to why they did not continue in the program. The five-question survey was mailed to people who had not turned in volunteer hours for the previous two years. Forty-seven percent or 131 useable surveys were returned and tabulated. A majority of the respondents, 73 (56%), indicated "no time" as the primary reason for not volunteering. Illness or personal reasons accounted for 30 responses (23%), and 20 people (15%) indicated they were disappointed in the program. Eighty-one percent rated the program as excellent or good; 79% indicated they would recommend the program to others.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)437-438
Number of pages2
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Consumer horticulture
  • Training volunteers
  • Volunteer retention


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