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President Barack Obama Joins President George H.W. Bush to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the 'Points of Light' Volunteer Movement and Extend the Call of Service to the Nation
Date:10/16/2009

in 1989.

  • For mid-life adults today (aged 45-64), the volunteer rate is over 29%, up from 22% in 1989.
  • Volunteering rates for Americans aged 65 and older rose from 16.9% in 1989 to 23.5% in 2008.

Volunteering with educational and youth organizations is up around 75%.

  • People are more likely to volunteer with educational or youth service organizations today than in 1989 (26.0% of volunteers, up from 15.1% in 1989) and with social or community service organizations (9.9% to 13.3%).
  • In 1989, the most common place for people to volunteer was with religious groups (37.4%) and today it is still the most common (35.9%).
    Trends in Volunteering: Volunteers By Age Group         1989    2008
    -----------------------------------------------         ----    ----
    Baby Boomer (45 - 64 years old) volunteer rate          22.0%   29.1%
    Adult volunteer rate                                    20.4%   26.4%
    Older Adults (65+) volunteer rate                       16.9%   23.5%
    Young Americans (16 - 24 years old) volunteer rate      13.4%   21.9%

    Trends in Volunteering: Volunteering with Organizations
     by Type                                                1989    2008
    ------------------------------------------------------- ----    ----
    Religious                                               37.4%   35.9%
    Educational or youth service                            15.1%   26.0%
    Social or community service                              9.9%   13.3%
    Hospital or other health                                10.4%    8.2%
    Other                                                    6.3%    6.6%
    Civic, political, professional or international         13.2%    5.5%
    Sport, hobby, cultural or arts                           7.8%    3.3%

References:

Einolf, C. (2009). Will the Boomers Volunteer During Retiremen
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