Volunteering and Civic Engagement in the United States


Trends and Highlights Overview

  • 26.5% of residents volunteer.
  • 32.4 volunteer hours per resident.
  • 64.5 million volunteers.
  • 7.9 billion hours of service.
  • $175 billion of service contributed.
  • 51.0% of residents donate to charity.
  • 9.0% of residents participate in public meetings.
  • 25.8% of residents over age 55 volunteer.
  • Additional data is available on voting, group participation, social connectedness, and other volunteering and civic life indicators.

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National Service

National service refers to the Corporation for National and Community Service programs: Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund, and other programs and initiatives. Participants in these programs address community needs in disaster services, economic opportunity, education, the environment, health, and veterans and military families.

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