February 05, 2010 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Volunteering on the rise: September 2008-September 2009

Number of volunteers and volunteer rates, September 2005—September 2009
Month Percent of population Total number
of volunteers
Total Men Women

September 2005

28.8 25.0 32.4 65,357

September 2006

26.7 23.0 30.1 61,199

September 2007

26.2 22.9 29.3 60,838

September 2008

26.4 23.2 29.4 61,803

September 2009

26.8 23.3 30.1 63,361

These data featured in the TED article, Volunteering on the rise: September 2008-September 2009.


Volunteers by type of main organization for which volunteer activities were performed, September 2009
Type of main organization Percent distribution of volunteers



Educational or youth service


Social or community service


Hospital or other health


Civic, political, professional, or international




Sport, hobby, cultural, or arts


Environmental or animal care


Not determined


Public safety


These data featured in the TED article, Volunteering on the rise: September 2008-September 2009.




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