That sounds like a big number. But, even with many efforts underway to boost volunteerism, that's 2 million fewer than the prior year. In fact, the volunteerism rate fell to 25.4% - the lowest percentage since the Bureau of Labor Statistics started tracking the data.
Here's how the figures stack up over time:
- 2003: 63.8 million or 28.8%
- 2004: 64.5 million or 28.8%
- 2005: 65.4 million or 28.8%
- 2006: 61.2 million or 26.7%
- 2007: 60.8 million or 26.2%
- 2008: 61.8 million or 26.4%
- 2009: 63.4 million or 26.8%
- 2010: 62.8 million or 26.3%
- 2011: 64.3 million or 26.8%
- 2012: 64.5 million or 26.5%
- 2013: 62.6 million or 25.4%
Aside from noting the declining rate in volunteerism, there were additional findings that came out of the Current Population Survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (which was based on information from 60,000 households). Those findings include:
- Women volunteer more than men. This holds true across all age groups, educational levels, and other major demographic characteristics.
- 35- to 44-year-olds were most likely to volunteer (30.6 percent).
- Volunteer rates were lowest among 20- to 24-year-olds (18.5 percent).
- 33% of volunteers reported the main type of organization that they volunteered for (most hours) as religious. 25.6% said educational or youth service related and 14.7% said social or community service organizations.