Roughly a quarter of Americans volunteered at least once between September of 2007 and 2008. According the a report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 23% of men and 29% of women donated an average of 52 hours during that year – figures that remained virtually unchanged from the previous year.
Persons aged 35 to 44 volunteered at the highest rates, and those in their early twenties were least likely to according to the report. While younger Americans are currently volunteering at low rates, proposals by the Obama administration may boost service time in the future. A plan released by the President focuses on expanding programs like AmeriCorps and Peace Corps and engaging retired Americans. Those still in school will also see incentives including a $4,000 education credit for college students who donate 100 hours of community service per year. Are you ready to help?