Most frequent volunteer activities: fundraising, tutoring, teaching

January 26, 2009

About 61.8 million people engaged in some type of volunteer activity at least once between September 2007 and September 2008. Fundraising and tutoring or teaching were the activities volunteers most frequently performed for their main volunteer organization.

Percent distribution of main volunteer activity for main organization for which activities were performed, September 2008
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The main activity volunteers performed for their main organization—the organization for which the volunteer worked the most hours during the year—was most frequently fundraising (11.4 percent of all volunteers) and tutoring or teaching (10.1 percent). Other frequent volunteer activities were collecting, preparing, distributing, or serving food (9.1 percent), and engaging in general labor or supplying transportation (9.0 percent.)

These data are from the Current Population Survey and were collected in the September CPS. For a variety of information on volunteering, see "Volunteering in the United States, 2008" (PDF) (HTML) news release, USDL 09-0078.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Most frequent volunteer activities: fundraising, tutoring, teaching on the Internet at (visited September 21, 2014).


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