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All about volunteering in United States of America



Through this website you will be able to access volunteering trends, statistics, tools, resources, and information for the nation, U.S. regions, states, and major cities. You will also be able to see how states and cities rank on different factors related to volunteering. So if you are interested in these facts then don’t hesitate and visit VolunteeringInAmerica.gov website.

VolunteeringInAmerica: Information about volunteering in United States of America.
The data for this website were collected through a supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS) September Volunteer Supplement. The CPS is a monthly survey of about 60,000 households, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Volunteer Supplement collects data on the volunteering activities of adults aged 16 and older. Volunteers are considered individuals who performed unpaid volunteer activities through or for an organization at any point during the 12-month period, from September 1 of the prior year through the survey week in September of the survey year.

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And what kind of information you can find here? For example this: „Community service in schools has grown since 1999. The percentage of K-12 public school principals reporting that their school offers recognized opportunities for students to serve has grown from 64 percent in 1999 to 68 percent in 2008. High schools are especially likely to recognize community service, with 86 percent of schools doing so, up from 83 percent in 1999.“

There is a lot of interesting findings here. Just one example: „Volunteers, on average, are about as busy as others, yet they make the time to serve others. In a typical day, the largest difference in how time is spent between recent volunteers (who have volunteered for an organization within the past year, according to the last volunteering survey they completed), former volunteers (who have volunteered with an organization, but not within this timeframe) and lifelong non-volunteers is in how much television they each watch. Volunteers trade off more than an hour a day of TV watching, on average, to engage in service. On average, recent volunteers watch approximately 15 hours of television per week, compared to approximately 21 hours for former volunteers and 23 hours for non-volunteers.“

A few remarks
In collaboration with partners, including volunteer and service-driven organizations across the country, The Corporation for National and Community Service is working toward a national goal of expanding the number of Americans who volunteer to 75 million Americans. The Corporation also wants to encourage volunteers to contribute more hours to their communities. As part of that effort the Corporation is encouraging more Americans to consider making volunteering part of their regular activities.
(8. 11. 2008 | editors)


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