Volunteering up again, slightly, in 2009.
This week the Corporation for National and Community Service announced that a new Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows that 1.5 million more people in the U.S. volunteered in 2009 than in 2008.
The number of people volunteering through organizations rose from 61.8 million to 63.4 million between September 2008 and 2009.
The survey — conducted with the help of the Corporation — asked 60,000 households about their volunteerism habits through a supplement to the September 2009 Current Population Survey (CPS). The Corporation will use this week’s BLS findings to produce the annual Volunteering in America report. (See my write up about the 2009 report from this past July).
Between September 2007 and September 2008, the number of volunteers increased by one million. In the fall of 2008 the U.S. economy started its dramatic nosedive which definitely increased the need for volunteers at social service organizations throughout the country.
Interestingly, though, it doesn’t look as though unemployed people are the ones who swelled the ranks of volunteers. Continue reading →
From Flickr user simminch via Creative Commons
Originally posted on Idealist.org‘s homepage blog.
When a major disaster happens in the world, it’s common, and frankly humanity-affirming, for global citizens to want to help. However, when the disaster in question is as devastating as last week’s earthquake in Haiti, it is often the case that the primary way folks are encouraged to get involved is to raise funds, raise voices, and raise awareness. And while fundraising, advocacy, and public awareness are critically important activities to participate in, they can sometimes be frustrating substitutes for those who are seeking to lend a hand in a more direct and tangible way by volunteering.
Yet for those seeking to contribute their skills, time, and energy on the ground in a disaster response situation, the advice Continue reading →
This week Action Without Borders/Idealist.org (my organization) is competing in the Chase Community Giving Contest on Facebook.
Through this contest, any Facebook user can vote for an organization to win a million dollars — organizations that end up in the top six earn $100,000.
Idealist has made it to the second round, and only 100 finalists are left.
This would be huge for us, and so I am asking you to use one of your five votes on us.
If you are on Facebook, it only takes a minute. Please click on this link for some more details, and then you can vote from there:
Atlas Corps, an international service corps, is also in the top 100 and could use another of your five votes!
Amy and our entire Idealist.org staff!!
Today’s guest on The New Service podcast is Michelle Nunn, CEO of the Points of Light Institute and Co-Founder of the HandsOn Network.
Points of Light Institute inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action that changes the world. In 2007, the Points of Light Institute grew out of the merger between the Points of Light Foundation and the Hands On Network, creating the largest volunteer management and civic engagement organization in the nation. HandsOn Network includes more than 250 HandsOn Action Centers around the United States and ten other countries.
Idealist’s Amy Potthast chats with Michelle Nunn the Friday before MLK Day about the first-ever national MLK Day Virtual Town Hall Meeting, how people throughout the United States can take action in their own communities through Hands On Action Centers, how people can respond to the Haiti earthquake of January 12th, and the upcoming National Conference on Volunteering and Service to take place in New York this summer.
Direct download: Points_of_Lights_Michelle_Nunn.mp3