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Volunteer Trends & Impact. An Overview for Extension Volunteer Administrators. Improving Lives. Improving Texas. Volunteering at a 30-Year High. Adult volunteering rate increased by more than 32% since 1989 Growth is driven by three age groups: Older teenagers (ages 16 to 19)

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volunteer trends impact

Volunteer Trends & Impact

An Overview for Extension Volunteer Administrators

Improving Lives. Improving Texas.

volunteering at a 30 year high
Volunteering at a 30-Year High
  • Adult volunteering rate increased by more than 32% since 1989
  • Growth is driven by three age groups:
    • Older teenagers (ages 16 to 19)
    • Mid-life adults (ages 45 to 64)
    • Older adults (65 years old and over)

Source: Reingold, D. and Nesbit, R. (2006). Volunteer Growth in America: A Review of Trends Since 1974.

volunteering in america
Volunteering in America

Volunteer Rates in 2008

  • 61.8 million Americans volunteered
    • 26.4% of the adult population
    • 8 billion hours of service
    • 34.7 hours per resident
    • Valued at $162 billion

Source: Corporation for National & Community Service, www.volunteeringinamerica.gov

volunteering in texas
Volunteering in Texas
  • More than 7% of the nation’s volunteers are in Texas.
  • 4.4 million volunteers
  • 25.2% of residents volunteer
  • 578.1 million hours of service
  • 32.8 hours per resident
  • $11.7 billion of service contributed

Source: Corporation for National & Community Service, www.volunteeringinamerica.gov

where people volunteer 2006 2008
Where People Volunteer (2006-2008)

Source: Corporation for National & Community Service, www.volunteeringinamerica.gov

neighborhood engagement
Neighborhood Engagement
  • Less formal ways of serving in communities has increased
    • 31% more Americans worked with their neighbor to fix a community problem
    • 17% more Americans attended community meetings

Source: Corporation for National & Community Service, www.volunteeringinamerica.gov

teenage volunteers
Teenage Volunteers
  • Growing trend to include community service and service-learning in schools
  • 69.7% college freshmen believe in helping others in need
  • Primarily interested in episodic volunteering
  • More likely to serve with educational or youth service organizations (religious – 2nd)

Source: Reingold, D. & Nesbit, R. (2006)

baby boomer volunteers
Baby Boomer Volunteers
  • The primary reason for an increase in volunteering among mid-life Americans, with two explanations:
    • Higher levels of education
    • Delays in marriage and childbearing
  • More likely to volunteer with religious organizations

Source: Reingold, D. & Nesbit, R. (2006)

older adult volunteers
Older Adult Volunteers
  • Most likely to volunteer 100 or more hours a year
  • Health Benefits for volunteers:
    • Greater life satisfaction
    • Lower rates of depression
    • Higher levels of happiness, self-esteem, physical health and a sense of control over life
    • Lower mortality rates

Source: Reingold, D. & Nesbit, R. (2006).

Corporation for National & Community Service (2007).

episodic volunteers
Episodic Volunteers
  • Episodic volunteering is largely driven by baby boomers and teenagers
  • Catastrophes increase “short-term” opportunities
  • Organizations are developing shorter, more flexible volunteer opportunities

Source: Reingold, D. & Nesbit, R. (2006)

why are volunteers important
Why are volunteers important?
  • More than 80% of non-profit organizations rely on volunteers
  • Volunteers do about 1/3 of the work of all non-profits
  • More than 1/3 of non-profit organizations report increasing the number of volunteers they use
  • Half of non-profit organizations foresee increasing their usage of volunteers
  • If all volunteers were paid, they would cost non-profits over $225 billion per year
extension volunteers 2009
Extension Volunteers (2009)
  • 104,672 Volunteers
  • Contributed over 4 million hours
  • Average contribution of 38.77 hours per person
  • Valued at over $82 million*
  • FTE Equivalent: 2,140 employees

*Value of Volunteer Time based upon Independent Sector rate of $20.25 per hour

why do people volunteer
Why Do People Volunteer?
  • It’s tradition
  • They were asked
  • Influence others
  • Use a skill they already possess
  • Fill a person void
  • Interested in learning something new
  • Give back to the community
  • Want to meet new friends
  • Help others

Source: Corporation for National & Community Service, www.volunteeringinamerica.gov

getting people to volunteer
Getting People to Volunteer
  • Show them how they benefit!
  • Offer meaningful work
  • Time well spent
  • Realistic commitments
  • Flexibility
  • Learn about the community
  • Speak to their motivation
what stops people from volunteering
What Stops People from Volunteering?
  • Perception of volunteers
  • Fear the time commitment
  • More likely to serve if a trusted friend asks them to serve

Source: Corporation for National & Community Service, www.volunteeringinamerica.gov

volunteer retention
Volunteer Retention
  • Retaining volunteers is harder than recruiting volunteers!
  • From 2006 to 2007, more than 1/3 did not volunteer any time with any nonprofit
  • That’s estimated at $38 billion in lost labor!

Source: Eisner, D., Grimm, Jr., R.T., Maynard, S., Washburn, S. (2009).

why do volunteers quit
Why do volunteers quit?
  • Misplaced volunteer
  • Lack of recognition and appreciation
  • Lack of training provided
  • Poor management
implications for extension
Implications for Extension
  • Capitalize on growth in teenage volunteers and service
  • Continue to embrace the episodic volunteer movement
  • Recruitment implications
  • Focus on retaining current volunteers
  • Facilitate proper management of volunteers