In Padua, during the COVID-19 emergency, the volunteer management project "Per Pa-dova noi ci siamo" was activated. The present research aims at highlighting the characteristics of the volunteers and understanding which factors are related to the willingness to continue volunteering post-emergency. In April-May 2020, 299 people completed an online question-naire designed to investigate the volunteer experience and psycho-social dimensions. Results revealed a relationship between intention to continue volunteering and post- traumatic growth, sense of belonging, and participation in neighborhood meetings. In light of these findings, op-erational proposals are developed to help organizations stimulate and retain people who intend to continue volunteering.
Keywords: volunteering, citizenship, COVID-19, sense of community, post-traumatic growth, neighborhood.
Marta Gaboardi, Silvia Demita, Roberta Cosentino, Natale Canale, Michela Lenzi, Claudia Marino, Alessio Vieno, Massimo Santinello, The Padua community gets active: volunteering in the first phase of the emergency for COVID-19 in "PSICOLOGIA DI COMUNITA’" 1/2021, pp. 47-62, DOI:10.3280/PSC2021-001004