January 23, 2007
Over the year ending September 2006, the volunteer rate was lower than in the previous year ending September 2005.
The proportion of the population who volunteered was 26.7 percent in the year ended in September 2006. This is 2.1 percentage points lower than the volunteer rate in each of the prior 3 years and 0.7 point lower than in 2002, the first year for which comparable data are available.
About 30.1 percent of women and 23.0 percent of men did volunteer work in the year ended in September 2006, down from 32.4 and 25.0 percent, respectively, during the prior year. As in previous years, women volunteered at a higher rate than men across all age groups, educational levels, and other major characteristics.