Volunteering on the rise in U.S.

March 25, 2010 at 11:30 am 1 comment

A whopping 63.4 million of us volunteered at least once between September 2008 and September 2009. For you statistics buffs, that’s 26.8% of the population. Not too shabby.

According to a report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the volunteer rate for women rose from 29.4% to 30.1% from ’08 to ’09, while the volunteer rate for men – 23.3% – remained virtually unchanged.

Some other stats of note: the American most likely to volunteer is between the ages of 35 and 54, a Caucasian woman, married with a child under 18, and most likely the recipient of a college degree. However, the volunteer rates of other races and ethnicities rose, as well; blacks volunteered at a rate of 1.1% over 2008, driven by an increase of volunteering among black women. To read the entire report, visit the Bureau’s website.


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  • 1. Sarah  |  March 25, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I am guessing this is largely attributed to the amount of people currently out of work.


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