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National Volunteer Week: April 17-23, 2022

Press Release Number CB22-SFS.50

From The American Presidency Project, Proclamation 10183—National Volunteer Week, 2021:

“We are living in a moment that calls for hope and light and love. Hope for our futures, light to see our way forward, and love for one another. Volunteers provide all three. Service—the act of looking out for one another—is part of who we are as a Nation. Our commitment to service reflects our understanding that we can best meet our challenges when we join together. This week, we recognize the enduring contributions of our Nation's volunteers and encourage more Americans to join their ranks.

“The tremendous power of volunteers and volunteerism has been on dramatic display in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All across the country, retired doctors and nurses, students and veterans, personnel from across the Federal Government, and countless others have given their time and talent to administer vaccines, staff vaccination centers, boost testing, tracing, and other life-saving public health measures, and provide food, water, and other necessities to those at heightened risk so they can remain safely at home.”

Key Stats

Sources: 2019 Current Population Survey (CPS), Volunteering and Civic Life Supplement (Supplemental Surveys).

Purpose: To obtain information on the extent to which our nation’s communities are places where individuals are civically active. It will also obtain information about the number of individuals in the United States involved in unpaid volunteer activities, and to measure the frequency with which individuals volunteer their time. Sponsor: AmeriCorps.

Collected for the past 15 years, the Volunteering in America research is the most comprehensive data on American volunteering ever assembled, and it includes a volunteer data profile for all states and major metropolitan areas. Data includes volunteer rates, rankings, trends, and demographics represented nationally, by state, and in major metropolitan areas.

Note: The table above is cropped at the bottom. Click on the image for the full table with all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

More Stats

From the Current Population Survey (CPS), Supplemental Surveys:

Note: The Current Population Survey, sponsored jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), is the primary source of labor force statistics for the population of the United States.

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Note: The American Time Use Survey asks questions about how people spend their time. Time is a resource – just like money – and knowing how people spend their time helps answer important questions. For example: What is the value to the country of volunteer work?

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