Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Who Are Volunteers?

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Who Are Volunteers?

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Citizen-Board Member Branch

About 59 million people did volunteer work last year. That's about one in four persons age 16 and older. Who are these wonderful people who take time out of their busy schedule to make the world a better place?

* More women volunteer than men.

* Employed persons are more likely to volunteer than unemployed or those not in the labor force.

* Among those 25 years of age and over, college graduates are four times more likely to volunteer than high school dropouts are.

* The most popular places to volunteer are those that focus on religion, education or youth services.

* Volunteers spent a median of 52 hours volunteering during the year.

* Volunteer rates were lowest among persons age 65 years and over (22.7 percent) and among those in their early 20s (18.2 percent). Teenagers had a relatively high volunteer rate, 26.9 percent, perhaps reflecting an emphasis on volunteer activities in schools. …

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