10 facts about volunteering
- In 2012, 64.5 million Americans (26.5% of the population) contributed 7.9 billion hours of volunteer service worth an estimated $175 billion of service.
- The estimated dollar value of volunteer time in Connecticut is $28 an hour.
- Volunteers have a better chance of finding a job after being out of work than non-volunteers.
- Parents with children under age 18 volunteer at a higher rate (33.5%) than the general population (26.5%). United Way of Greater New Haven's Hands-On Saturday, held annually in April, offers volunteer opportunities geared specifically to families.
- Adults who began volunteering as youth are twice as likely to volunteer as those who did not volunteer when they were younger.
- After fundraising, the most popular volunteer activities are collecting, preparing distributing or serving food (23.8%), contributing general work or helping out with transportation (19.85) and teaching/tutoring (17.9%).
- Research demonstrates that volunteering leads to better health and that older volunteers are the most likely to receive physical and mental health benefits from their volunteer activities.
- Non-volunteers say that they are more likely to serve if a trusted friend asks them to serve.
- Citizens who participate in one area of civic engagement, like volunteering, are more likely to get involved in groups, contact public officials, or work with neighbors.
- Finding volunteer activities in Greater New Haven is easy: just check uwgnh.org/volunteer.
Created: August 2, 2009 - 4:46pm
-- Updated: March 11, 2015 - 9:38am