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Volunteering and Civic Life in America

The Volunteering and Civic Life in America, issued by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the National Conference on Citizenship, shows that service to others continues to be a priority for millions of Americans. 

Our report found that 62.6 million adults (25.4 percent) volunteered through an organization in 2013.  Altogether, Americans volunteered nearly 7.7 billion hours last year.  The estimated value of this volunteer service is nearly $173 billion, based on the Independent Sector’s estimate of the average value of a volunteer hour.

Volunteers Help Their Neighbors - 138 million Americans engaged in "informal volunteering" in their communities - activities include watching each other's children, helping with shopping, housesitting, and more.
View the entire infographic at Volunteering and Civic Life in America.

In addition, more than 138 million Americans (62.5 percent) also engaged in informal volunteering in their communities, helping neighbors with such tasks as watching each other’s children, helping with shopping, or house sitting. 

This report tells an important story about how citizens can make a difference in their communities. That’s why we are calling on Americans to volunteer in their communities, and to invite their friends and families to join them.

Check out our site to find opportunities to #govolunteer and view the entire report at Volunteering and Civic Life in America.

Go Volunteer on MLK Day 

Volunteering is a part of the fabric of our nation and momentum is growing. On January 19, our country celebrates the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service., a day for  Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.

To celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this year, take the MLK Day Challenge by making a commitment to serve not just on one day, but throughout the year. Fill out the form below to make your pledge to service to make your community - and the country - a better place.

To find or post a local volunteer opportunity for MLK Day, visit

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