Volunteering has long been a part of American history. American citizens view it as an integral part of social responsibility. It can be done in several ways, such as donating blood, handing out campaign leaflets, or participating in rehabilitation programs that support the military troops and the military families.
Volunteering gives a number of significant impacts in the country’s existing institutions, professions, and social events. According to John Wilson and Marc Musick, volunteering provides self fulfillment, helps maintain a civil society, and helps protect one’s rights. In the United States, people can volunteer through non-profit organizations, programs, and initiatives like Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Serve America. Some people also find time to get involved in informal volunteering by helping neighbors solve simple community issues. For the individuals who want to express their support for the military, there some military support groups that openly welcome volunteers, as well as donations in cash and in kind.
As civil service becomes a significant influence to the Americans, the Corporation for National and Community Service introduced the “Volunteering in America,” a civic organization that focuses on providing people with information about volunteering and civic engagement. Volunteering in America works hand-in-hand with other volunteers and service-driven organizations across the country to provide assistance that will help improve the lives of American people, strengthen communities, and foster various civic engagements. It aims to provide the people an opportunity to serve others through volunteer services. So, whether a person wants to volunteer his time to support military families, support a soldier, or help poverty-stricken areas, the organization can share some guidelines on how to recruit, orient, and retain volunteers.
Volunteering in America also gives access on the latest trend in volunteering, including statistics and rankings by city and state. Additional volunteering tips, resources and tools can likewise be found on the organization’s website. The U.S. states and cities are ranked based on different factors related to volunteering. Using the “three-year moving average, Volunteering in America is able to rank 50 states, 51 major cities, and 75 mid-cities across America according to volunteer rates. Volunteer rate is the percentage of individuals who responded to the unpaid activities or any non-profit organization as surveyed by the Current Population Survey’s Volunteer Supplement. Through the organization’s website, people can now view charts, graphs, and many other related information about volunteering and civic engagement in America.
This Article is written by James Kara Murat