Charts by Topic: Volunteer activities

Findings from the 2012 survey:

  • On days they volunteered, Americans age 15 and over spent an average of 2.1 hours doing volunteer activities.

Percent of population who volunteered on an average day, by age
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  • Men and women ages 65 and over were more likely to volunteer than were men and women in any other age group. (These data are averages for 2008 to 2012).

Percent of population who volunteered on each day of the week
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  • People were more likely to volunteer on Sundays (7.9 percent) than on any other day of the week. (These data are averages for 2008 to 2012).

Percent of persons who volunteered that did selected volunteer activities on an average day
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  • Men and women who volunteered participated in different volunteer activities. Men were more than twice as likely to do indoor and outdoor maintenance, building, and clean-up activities on an average day than were women. Women were more likely than men to do food preparation, presentation, and cleanup activities. (These data are averages for 2008 to 2012).

Percent of population who volunteered and hours spent volunteering, by educational attainment
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  • Persons age 25 and over with at least a bachelor's degree were the most likely to volunteer on an average day (10.2 percent). However, among volunteers, those with at least a bachelor's degree spent the least time volunteering on days they volunteered. (These data are averages for 2008 to 2012).

Percent of persons who volunteered, by presence and age of youngest child
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  • On an average day, women and men ages 25 to 54 whose youngest child was 6 to 12 years old were more likely to volunteer than were women and men with older, younger, or no children. (These data are averages for 2008 to 2012).

 


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Last Modified Date: October 23, 2013