Lots of us volunteered in 2013 in support of causes that are important to us. But not as many volunteered as did 10 years ago.
Between September 2012 and September 2013, a little more than 62 million Americans (25% of the population) volunteered in some capacity through an organization, according to data gathered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and reported by The Washington Examiner.
That’s down from 2002, when the rate of volunteerism was nearly 28%. Other findings (some surprising):
Religious-based groups or organizations attracted the most volunteers. Youth service programs were next, followed by community-organized associations and clubs.
There are many ways to help organizations that do important work – including volunteering your time. Making donations of food and clothing are also important ways to give back.
Do you have plans to support an organization that’s close to your heart this year? Why or why not?