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Older Adults' Attitudes Toward Virtual Volunteering During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Sun, Peter C; Morrow-Howell, Nancy; Pawloski, Elizabeth; Helbach, Alexander.
  • Sun PC; Washington University in St. Louis, MO, USA.
  • Morrow-Howell N; Washington University in St. Louis, MO, USA.
  • Pawloski E; The Oasis Institute, St. Louis, MO, USA.
  • Helbach A; University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, USA.
J Appl Gerontol ; 40(9): 953-957, 2021 09.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1177693
ABSTRACT
This study explored older adults' technology use patterns and attitudes toward virtual volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic. A 22-item survey was administered to 229 volunteers in the St. Louis region who tutor children through the Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring program. Although most respondents are familiar with technology and expressed that they are likely to volunteer virtually, their responses varied significantly by age, education, gender, income, and school districts. Some tutors expressed that virtual volunteering may eliminate barriers to in-person volunteering, while others were concerned with establishing a personal connection with students online. These findings suggest that tutors anticipate both benefits and challenges with virtual volunteering and that efforts to engage older adults during the pandemic should factor in prior use of technology and ensure that different subgroups are not marginalized.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: Teaching / Volunteers / Computer Literacy / Attitude / Educational Technology / Education, Distance / Social Participation / COVID-19 Type of study: Qualitative research Limits: Aged / Female / Humans / Male Country/Region as subject: North America Language: English Journal: J Appl Gerontol Year: 2021 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: 07334648211006978

Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: Teaching / Volunteers / Computer Literacy / Attitude / Educational Technology / Education, Distance / Social Participation / COVID-19 Type of study: Qualitative research Limits: Aged / Female / Humans / Male Country/Region as subject: North America Language: English Journal: J Appl Gerontol Year: 2021 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: 07334648211006978