Americans greatly increased their commitment to volunteering and civic activity in 2011, according to a faith-in-humankind boosting new report by Corporation for National and Community Service and the National Conference on Citizenship.
The national volunteer rate reached a five-year high in 2011, with 64.3 million Americans (which adds up to more than one in four adults) volunteering via organizations. That’s an increase of 1.5 million from 2010.
Top activities included fundraising or selling things to raise money (26.2%); collecting, cooking or serving food (23.6%); general labour or transportation (20.3%); or tutoring (18.2%).
But it’s not just the big NGOs that are benefiting. Americans are also helping their neighbours. The report found that two thirds of Americans volunteered informally too, by dishing out little favours to those around them.
That’s some pretty heart-warming news for you to unwrap this festive season, right?