At Seattle Works we recognize volunteering is worth a lot. And 171 billion is a lot of money. That’s how much researchers estimated the worth of all volunteer hours in the USA for 2011!
The Corporation for National & Community Service in partnership with the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC). just released their findings about volunteerism in America. We’ve selected some of the most interesting tidbits to share with you.
- 64.3 million Americans (more than one in four adults) volunteered through a formal organization last year, an increase of 1.5 million from 2010
- In addition to formal volunteering, two out of three Americans (65.1% or 143.7 million individuals) volunteered informally by doing favors for and helping out their neighbors
- The top three metro areas for volunteering are Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (37%), Rochester, NY (34.8%), and Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA (33.4%)
- Parents between the ages of 26 and 50 with school-aged children volunteered at a significantly higher rate than non-parents in this age range
We weren’t surprised to see Seattle in the top three. After all, we’re lucky to spend every day matching eager volunteers to great organizations. Keep up the good work Seattle- maybe next year we can be number 1! And find the full survey here.