Table 6. Volunteers by how they became involved with main organization for which volunteer activities were performed and selected characteristics, September 2015

Table 6. Volunteers by how they became involved with main organization for which volunteer activities were performed
and selected characteristics, September 2015                                                                        
                                                                                                                    
                                    Percent distribution of how volunteers became involved with main                
                                                            organization (1)                                        
                                                                                                                    
                           Total                              Was asked by:                                         
   Characteristics in      volun-                                                                              Not  
     September 2015        teers          Approach-                                                          report-
                           (thou-          ed the                        Rela-    Someone                    ing how
                           sands)  Total   organi-  Total    Boss or      tive     in the            Other   became 
                                           zation    (2)    employer    friend,   organi-    Some-             in-  
                                                                          or      zation/     one            volved 
                                                                          co-     school     else                   
                                                                        worker                                      
                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                    
             Sex                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                    
Total, both sexes.......   62,623  100.0    41.6    41.2      1.5        14.5     23.7       1.4      13.4      3.8 
   Men..................   26,498  100.0    40.9    42.1      1.4        15.4     23.6       1.6      13.1      3.9 
   Women................   36,126  100.0    42.0    40.5      1.5        13.8     23.8       1.3      13.6      3.8 
                                                                                                                    
             Age                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                    
Total, 16 years and over.  62,623  100.0    41.6    41.2      1.5        14.5     23.7       1.4      13.4      3.8 
  16 to 24 years.........   8,415  100.0    40.6    38.6       .8        15.8     19.4       2.4      15.7      5.0 
     16 to 19 years......   4,382  100.0    41.1    40.5       .3        16.0     21.3       2.7      14.0      4.4 
     20 to 24 years......   4,033  100.0    40.1    36.6      1.4        15.7     17.3       2.1      17.7      5.6 
  25 years and over......  54,208  100.0    41.7    41.6      1.6        14.2     24.4       1.2      13.1      3.6 
     25 to 34 years......   9,548  100.0    44.1    39.3      2.7        16.0     19.2       1.3      12.7      3.9 
     35 to 44 years......  11,490  100.0    41.2    43.6      1.7        12.6     28.1       1.2      12.1      3.1 
     45 to 54 years......  11,933  100.0    39.6    42.7      1.7        13.4     26.4        .9      13.9      3.8 
     55 to 64 years......  10,213  100.0    41.2    41.7      1.3        15.2     23.4       1.5      13.6      3.4 
     65 years and over...  11,024  100.0    42.9    40.1       .5        14.4     23.7       1.2      13.0      4.0 
                                                                                                                    
  Race and Hispanic or                                                                                              
   Latino ethnicity                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                    
White....................  51,986  100.0    41.3    41.8      1.4        14.8     24.0       1.5      13.2      3.7 
Black or African                                                                                                    
 American................   6,086  100.0    42.7    37.5      1.7        12.3     22.3       1.0      14.8      5.1 
Asian....................   2,596  100.0    42.8    40.1      1.8        14.0     22.8       1.2      12.5      4.5 
Hispanic or Latino                                                                                                  
 ethnicity...............   6,165  100.0    46.1    38.2      1.6        13.1     21.3       2.1      11.9      3.9 
                                                                                                                    
Educational attainment (3)                                                                                          
                                                                                                                    
Less than a high school                                                                                             
 diploma.................   1,900  100.0    41.1    40.9       .8        13.0     25.3       1.8      13.2      4.8 
High school graduates                                                                                               
 no college (4)..........   9,576  100.0    40.9    41.9      1.1        15.2     24.2       1.3      13.6      3.6 
Some college or                                                                                                     
 associate degree .......  15,102  100.0    41.5    41.8      1.7        14.5     24.4       1.1      13.4      3.3 
Bachelor's degree and                                                                                               
 higher (5)..............  27,629  100.0    42.1    41.4      1.7        13.8     24.4       1.3      12.7      3.8 
                                                                                                                    
       Marital status                                                                                               
                                                                                                                    
Single, never married....  15,143  100.0    41.0    38.8      1.8        16.1     18.9       1.9      15.1      5.1 
Married, spouse present..  37,348  100.0    41.9    42.7      1.3        13.8     26.1       1.3      12.2      3.3 
Other marital status (6).  10,132  100.0    41.4    39.2      1.4        14.3     22.1       1.1      15.4      4.0 
                                                                                                                    
Presence of own children                                                                                            
 under 18 years (7)                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                    
Men:                                                                                                                
  No own children under                                                                                             
   18 years old..........  18,263  100.0    40.9    41.0      1.2        16.1      21.7      1.8      13.8      4.2 
  With own children                                                                                                 
   under 18 years old....   8,235  100.0    40.8    44.5      1.8        13.7      27.8      1.1      11.7      3.0 
Women:                                                                                                              
  No own children under                                                                                             
   18 years old..........  23,475  100.0    42.4    38.7      1.5        15.1     20.6       1.3      14.4      4.5 
  With own children                                                                                                 
   under 18 years old....  12,651  100.0    41.3    43.9      1.5        11.3     29.7       1.3      12.3      2.5 
                                                                                                                    
    Employment status                                                                                               
                                                                                                                    
Civilian labor force.....  42,563  100.0    40.8    41.8      1.9        14.6     23.7       1.3      13.7      3.8 
  Employed...............  40,701  100.0    40.6    42.2      2.0        14.6     24.1       1.3      13.4      3.8 
    Full time (8)........  32,085  100.0    39.9    42.8      2.3        15.0     24.0       1.3      13.4      3.9 
    Part time (9)........   8,616  100.0    43.1    39.9       .7        13.2     24.2       1.5      13.5      3.5 
  Unemployed.............   1,861  100.0    44.7    33.3      1.2        14.1     16.2       1.8      18.1      3.9 
Not in the labor force...  20,060  100.0    43.2    40.0       .4        14.1     23.7       1.5      12.9      3.9 
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   1 Main organization is defined as the organization for which the volunteer worked the most hours during the year.
 See the Technical Note for more details.
   2 Includes persons who did not specify who asked them to volunteer, not shown separately.
   3 Data refer to persons 25 years and over.
   4 Includes persons with a high school diploma or equivalent.
   5 Includes persons with bachelor's, professional, and doctoral degrees.
   6 Includes divorced, separated, and widowed persons.
   7 Own children include sons, daughters, stepchildren, and adopted children. Not included are nieces, nephews,
grandchildren, and other related and unrelated children.
   8 Usually work 35 hours or more a week at all jobs.
   9 Usually work less than 35 hours a week at all jobs.
   NOTE: Data on volunteers relate to persons who performed unpaid volunteer activities for an organization at any
point from September 1, 2014, through the survey period in September 2015. Estimates for the above race groups
(White, Black or African American, and Asian) do not sum to totals because data are not presented for all races.
Persons whose ethnicity is identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race.



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