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June 15, 2010 / HandsOnCorps

Report: More Americans are Volunteering

Today the Corporation for National and Community Service released the 2010 Volunteering in America Report. The newly enhanced Web site at www.VolunteeringInAmerica.gov houses the most comprehensive collection of volunteering data, and continues to be a rich source of detailed statistics and trend information for the nation, regions, states, and nearly 200 cities across the country.  It has proven to be a valuable tool for civic leaders, elected officials, nonprofits, prospective volunteers and many others interested in applying service as a solution to their area’s challenges.

Key Findings:

  • Approximately 1.6 million more volunteers served in 2009 than in 2008, making this the largest single-year increase in the number of volunteers since 2003 (annual data collection for volunteering statistics started in 2002).
  • A total of 63.4 million volunteers contributed 8.1 billion hours of service in 2009, equaling an estimated dollar value of approximately $169 billion for their services.
  • The volunteering rate increased in 2009 to 26.8 percent, up from 26.4 percent in 2008.
  • The increase was primarily fueled by higher volunteer rates among women, especially women ages 45-54; among individuals who are married; and among those who were employed, especially individuals working full-time.
  • The volunteer rate for individuals who identified themselves as African American/Black rose more than for other racial and ethnic groups, from 19.1 percent in 2008 to 20.2 percent in 2009. The volunteer rate among African American/Black women rose from 21.2 percent in 2008 to 22.8 percent in 2009.
  • The top four activities for service across the country are fundraising-with 26.6 percent of volunteers serving in this way between 2007 and 2009-followed by collecting or distributing food with 23.5 percent, providing general labor or transportation with 20.5 percent, and tutoring or teaching with 19.0 percent.
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