With volunteers providing a powerful economic and social benefit to their respective communities across the nation, Generation X — those born between 1965 and 1981 — has deepened its commitment, according to the federal Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
The agency’s report, “Volunteering In America,” shows that a total of 62.8 million volunteers contributed 8.1 billion hours of service, and have devoted up to $173 billion to the communities served, using an estimate of the dollar value of volunteer time.
Generation X volunteers gave more time in 2010 than ever before with more than 2.3 billion hours served, an increase of 110 million hours over 2009, as this age group becomes more civically-minded, involved, and invested in their communities, CNCS says.
While the overall national volunteer rate has dropped slightly from 26.8 percent in 2009 to 26.3 percent in 2010, the number of hours served remains basically the same, indicating that volunteers are contributing more hours.
“Every day, volunteers of all ages are giving their time and talents to solve problems and make our country stronger,” said Robert Velasco II, acting CEO of CNCS. “Whether tutoring at-risk students or providing job training to veterans or responding to natural disasters, ordinary Americans are doing extraordinary things to improve the long-term health and vitality of the nation.”
CNCS is a federal agency engaging more that 5 million Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service each year through a variety of federal programs.
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