Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Characteristics of Volunteering

Imagine a world where no one volunteered. What would happen in the aftermath of a natural disaster? What if no one volunteered at organizations like the American Red Cross? We would have fewer youth organizations, our environment would not be as beautiful, and disabled persons would find less companionship. What a sad state!

Thankfully there are many volunteers to help with these activities! In the U.S., about 61.8 million people (26% of the population) volunteered at least once between September 2007 and September 2008.

Oregonians volunteer at a slightly higher rate than the national average. Between 2005 and 2007, 33.2 percent of Oregonians volunteered each year, compared to 27.2 percent nationwide. In fact, Oregon ranked 16th among all the states and D.C. for being the most likely to spend time volunteering.

To find out more information about the characteristics of volunteers in Oregon and throughout the country, read The Characteristics of Volunteering, a new article written by Tony Wendel. The article details who is most likely to volunteer, how men and women volunteer diferently, and what types of activities are typically undertaken by volunteers.

No comments: