10 Facts About Volunteering

10  facts about volunteering


  1. 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.
  2. The estimated dollar value of volunteer time in Connecticut is $28 an hour.
  3. Volunteers have a better chance of finding a job after being out of work than non-volunteers.
  4. 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.
  5. Adults who began volunteering as youth are twice as likely to volunteer as those who did not volunteer when they were younger.
  6. 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%).
  7. 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.
  8. Non-volunteers say that they are more likely to serve if a trusted friend asks them to serve.
  9. 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.
  10. 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