Title

Greenspace volunteering post-disaster: exploration of themes in motivation, barriers, and benefits from post-hurricane park and garden volunteers

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-18-2020

Subject Area

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Abstract

Volunteers are an important resource for green infrastructure, both providing important maintenance, as well as providing education and connection that promotes conservation and ecological work. In addition, volunteering in greenspaces can benefit the individual and the community. However, there may a particular case for volunteering in greenspaces post-disaster in regard to both environmental and community resilience. This study explores post-hurricane volunteering in parks, gardens, and trails to investigate whether this type of volunteering is beneficial and positively described, increasing characteristics that may lead to resilience, in contrast to studies that have found negative associations with post-disaster volunteering. Results based on thematic analysis suggest that volunteers view greenspace volunteering differently from other, people-driven volunteering post-disaster. Short-term, or event, volunteers report positive feelings and outcomes; whereas, only a few long-term, female volunteers reported stress or negative emotions involved with their volunteer experience.

Publication Title

Journal of Environmental Planning and Management

Volume

63

Issue

11

First Page

2004

Last Page

2021

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1080/09640568.2019.1700942

ISSN

09640568

E-ISSN

13600559

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