Volunteering is of high importance in Germany. Especially in rural areas, additional volunteers will be needed in the future to fill the gaps in local services and home care. In a similar way, nature conservation depends on the support provided by volunteers in various areas, such as for protecting biodiversity. This study analyses the "Willingness to volunteer" of the German population in three different areas: nature conservation, home care of the elderly and public services, using a quantitative survey (n = 584). Approximately half of the respondents do not exclude volunteering in the future. Results further point to a preference for volunteering in areas of nature conservation and public service instead of volunteering in home care. The interest in volunteering is primarily driven by intrinsic motivation and the respondents' attitudes are not biased by social desirability.