We surveyed over 100 Twin Cities residents and found that:
Volunteering for a cause you care about gives you a sense of purpose.
Purpose is when you believe in the outcome of the work. You may not like doing it, but you believe in the greater mission of the work.The current system matches people based on the causes they care about, their skills, and a keyword search.
Volunteering because you enjoy the actual task is because of play.
Play is when your reason for doing the activity is the activity itself. However, play is very subjective. Dr. Stuart Brown asserts most of us fall into 8 play type categories.