Volunteers crucial to charity and community success

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64.3 million Americans volunteered about 7.9 billion hours for local and national organizations in 2011, according to the latest numbers from VolunteeringinAmerica.gov.

  • They served their communities and the world through charities and other nonprofits, government agencies and other community groups.
  • They worked for civic, educational, hospital, religious, social service, sports, arts and other programs.
  • And the value of their service was almost $171 billion.

That $171 billion of volunteer service is on top of the $250 billion+ donated by individuals to charities. Individuals, as volunteers and donors, are crucial to charity and community success.

Learn more about a charity you volunteer for or give to. The more you know, the more you engage, the more you can help charities and communities excel.