Expanding the reach and impact of America's volunteers

In partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau, AmeriCorps takes the pulse of our nation’s civic health every two years through the Current Population Survey Civic Engagement and Volunteering Supplement. This is the most robust survey about volunteerism and other forms of civic engagement across the United States and over time. Its data can support evidence-based decision-making and efforts to understand how people make a difference in communities across the country.

2019 Current Population Survey: Civic Engagement and Volunteering Supplement

Key findings:

  • The national organization-based volunteering rate has remained stable over the past two decades.
  • Consistent with previous research, 2019 volunteering rates vary by demographic, socioeconomic, and family characteristics.
  • Volunteering represents only one dimension of a much larger array of civic activity in the U.S.
  • Several questions raised by the 2019 CPS CEV warrant further investigation.
  • The most recent wave of CPS CEV data collected in September 2021 offers unique opportunities to examine the impacts of COVID-19 and policy interventions on America’s civic health.

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2017 Current Population Survey: Civic Engagement and Volunteering Supplement

Key findings from the 2017 Volunteering in America Report:

Highlighted research

Volunteering as a pathway to employment

Research from AmeriCorps on the link between volunteering and employment provides the most compelling empirical evidence to date that unemployed individuals who volunteer increase the odds that they will get a job.

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Community factors that influence volunteering

This 2007 report uncovers what factors can influence a community’s volunteer rate. Items such as average commute times and education levels in a community can help us predict and understand the level of service and volunteering.

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