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RCASA Volunteer Corner

In Sexual Assault Awareness on September 25, 2011 at 4:18 am

10 Facts About Volunteering

 

  • 1.     In 2008, 61.8 million Americans (26.4% of the population) contributed 8 billion hours of volunteer service worth an estimated 162 billion dollars.
  • 2.     The estimated dollar value of volunteer time is $20.25.
  • 3.     Despite the challenges of a tough economic situation, the volunteering rate held steady between 2007 and 2008, while the number of volunteers slightly increased by about one million.
  • 4.     Over 441,000 more young adults (age 16-24) volunteered in 2008 than 2007, representing an increase from about 7.8 million to more than 8.2 million.
  • 5.     Neighborhood engagement levels have risen sharply since 2007, with a 31% increase in the number of people who worked with their neighbors to fix a community problem and a 17 % increase in the number of people who attended community meetings.
  • 6.     Between September 2008 and March 2009, more than a third (37%) of nonprofit organizations report increasing the number of volunteers they use, and almost half (48%) foresee increasing their usage of volunteers in the coming years.
  • 8.      Non-volunteers say that they are more likely to serve if a trusted friend asks them to serve.
  • 9.      About 8.24 million young people ages 16-24 volunteered in 2008, over 441,000 more than in 2007.This increase in young adult volunteers makes up almost half of the overall increase in the number of volunteers nationally.
  • 10.   Adults who began volunteering as youth are twice as likely to volunteer as those who did not volunteer when they were younger.

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