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Who Are You: A Snapshot of Volunteering in America

by Greg Tucker

If you took a snapshot of Americans' volunteer service, what would it look like? What work would attract the most volunteers? Will Boomers be able to teach Millennials a thing or two about helping others? And should you look north, south, east, or west to find the state that spends the most doing it?

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) took a look at data that answers these questions and many others, and we compiled the answers in our Volunteering In America 2011 report. The full report can be found at the Volunteering In America website, but we pulled some interesting tidbits from the report for the graphic below.

The Volunteering in America report is a partnership between CNCS, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Bureau for Labor Statistics to collect volunteering data annually through the Current Population Survey's Supplement on Volunteering.

The report includes information for all 50 states, Washington, DC, and 198 cities, including 51 large cities, 75 mid-size cities, and 72 additional cities, based on Metropolitan Statistical Areas.

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