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What are the motivations of people who volunteer in emotionally demanding roles?

The UK has an amazing volunteer workforce across both the charity and public sectors. Some of these volunteers work in very emotionally demanding roles on top of their day jobs. As examples, some volunteers in the emergency services (police specials, Ambulance EMT volunteers, RNLI, mountain rescue) do the same job as their full time counterparts, Samaritans volunteers give their time listening to emotionally distressed people, there are volunteers in the prison service, those who work with the homeless, the list goes on. What are the motivations of people who do these sorts of roles unpaid? I’m guessing they are thankless roles and they will often be both physically and mentally exhausting and they will often have to deal with emotionally traumatic situations. It is quite amazing that they do this on top of their full time day jobs.
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