Nationwide report gives new insight into volunteering habits

June 17, 2010 at 11:06 am Leave a comment

Did you know that, in 2009, 1.4 million Massacusetts residents provided 137.4 million hours of service work?

How about that about 32,000 people in Massachusetts participate in national service projects like Americorps every year?

Recently, the National Corporation for National and Community Service put out an extensive Volunteering in America report that details who’s doing good in cities and states all over the country. The report presents some really interesting findings, including why certain cities have higher volunteer rates than others (they found that high rates of home ownership, feeling a close connection to your community, and shorter commute time all contributed to an increased rate in volunteerism).

Another interesting statistic?

Contrary to what one might think, the Corporation found that volunteer rates actually dropped, not increased, as unemployment became more rampant. Not as surprising is that cities with high foreclosure rates had lower volunteer rates, as well as cities with high poverty rates.

The report is an interesting read, and an encouraging one. Despite our nation’s economic and social struggles, the volunteering rates continue to rise, and people continue to give up their time for others. What are you waiting for? Jump on the bandwagon!


Entry filed under: Boston, Community Involvement - Boston, Community Involvement- Philadelphia, In the News.

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