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Volunteering Is Alive and Well in America!


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Volunteering is a core American value. Volunteers working in coalitions and other nonprofit organizations enrich our communities and keep them strong.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) just released findings from their annual study, Volunteering and Civic Life in America. The national volunteer rate continued to rise last year; more than one in four adults (26.5%) volunteered for a nonprofit organization and 64.5 million Americans contributed 7.9 billion hours of their time. The estimated value of that volunteer service is almost $175 billion, based on the average value ($22.14) of a volunteer hour (according to Independent Sector).

The 2012 study included the following highlights:

  • Generation X (those born from 1965 – 1981) had the highest volunteer rate of any age group; it increased more than 5% in 2012
  • Americans 65 and older donated 90 volunteer hours, nearly twice as many hours per volunteer than the population as a whole
  • Volunteering among teenagers is up almost 3% since 2007
  • Volunteers are twice as likely to donate to a charity as non-volunteers, 80% vs. 40%
  • More than half of all citizens (50.7 percent) donated at least $25 to charity


According to Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS, “Helping others who are in need and working together to strengthen our communities is an important American tradition that helps make our nation so resilient.” She goes on to say that volunteering goes beyond helping other people –  volunteers benefit by having increased job prospects, as well as better health and well-being.

Make this the year that your coalition or nonprofit celebrates the accomplishments of its volunteers!


Mark Hrywna. (2014). Volunteering continues upward trend in hours, value. The Nonprofit Times.   http://www.thenonprofittimes.com/news-articles/volunteering-continues-upward-trend-in-hours-value-2/?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=W140224