How volunteers get their start
January 11, 2007
About 43 percent of volunteers became involved with their main organization—the organization for which the volunteer worked the most hours during the year—after being asked to volunteer.
Most often they were asked by someone in the organization; about 27 percent of volunteers became involved this way. About 14 percent of volunteers started after being asked by a relative, friend, or co-worker. The person doing the asking was a boss or employer in about 1 percent of all cases; in another 1 percent of cases, the person was someone else other than those already mentioned.
About 41 percent of volunteers became involved on their own initiative; that is, they approached the organization.
These data are from a supplement to the September 2006 Current Population Survey. Find out more in "Volunteering in the United States, 2006" (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 07-0019. Data are based on the period from September 2005 to September 2006.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, How volunteers get their start on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2007/jan/wk2/art04.htm (visited May 26, 2016).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
Employment and Wages in Healthcare Occupations
Healthcare occupations are a significant percentage of U.S. employment. Some of the largest and highest paying occupations are in healthcare. This Spotlight examines employment and wages for healthcare occupations.
Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.
- A look at pay at the top, the bottom, and in between
The Spotlight examines how earnings and wages have changed over time and how they differ within a geographic area, industry, or occupation.