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Generosity booms despite economic bust

July 31, 2009

A recent report by the Corporation for National and Community Service (the organization heading AmeriCorps and Senior Corps) says more people in the U.S. are volunteering to help others, despite or because of the economic crisis.

Maybe they’ve got more time on their hands because they’ve been laid off themselves. Or maybe they’ve learned the simple truth that, when you’ve got troubles of your own, one sure way to feel better is to help someone else.

According to the 2009 Volunteering In America report, which is based on yearly surveys by the Census Bureau, there were 60.8 million volunteers in 2007 and 61.8 million in 2008, a 2 percent increase. The number of young adult volunteers jumped even more, by 5.7 percent among people ages 16 to 24. Overall, an average of 26 percent of Americans give their time as volunteers.

This report is good news for nonprofit organizations that will continue to rely even more on volunteer help as the economy brings greater needs and stress on their budgets.

BTW, Alabama’s profile shows that 24.4 percent volunteer, ranking our state 39th. Click here for more details.

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