Seattle Works

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What’s Your Time Worth? April 9, 2013

Filed under: Seattle Works Day,Volunteer — seattleworks @ 12:17 pm

Fun fact: the value of a volunteer service hour in 2011 was $21.79. That’s a good chunk of change, isn’t it?

To keep with the fun fact theme, here’s another one: the Independent Sector just released an update to the value of a volunteer service hour. The 2012 value of volunteer time is now $22.14/hour. So congratulations – you’ve all just received a $0.35 raise!

The value of volunteer time provides one way to measure the impact millions of individuals make with each hour they dedicate to make a difference. So, while you’re reading this, think: why do you volunteer? Where and why do you spend that $22.14/hour? Below are a few reasons why our awesome volunteers do what they do:

Now, some of you are probably wondering how the value of a volunteer service hour is calculated, and let me tell you – I have no idea. But here’s how the Independent Sector describes it:

“The value of volunteer time is based on the hourly earnings (approximated from yearly values) of all production and non-supervisory workers on private non-farm payrolls average (based on yearly earnings provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics). Independent Sector indexes this figure to determine state values and increases it by 12 percent to estimate for fringe benefits.”

Fancy, right?

So, what are you going to do with this information? How about joining over 1,300 of your peers at Seattle Works Day Sat May 18th from noon-3:30pm (valued at $77.49/person – you do the math!) to volunteer all over the city? Imagine the worth of your combined time. Sounds pretty awesome, right? Sign up! Form your own team, join a team formed by someone you know, or join our cool Seattle Works public team! Questions? Contact Bevin at


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