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Volunteers by Selected Characteristics, 2007

Age, sex,
race, and
Hispanic origin
Total
volunteers
(thousands)
Median
annual
hours
Total, 16 years and over 60,838 52
16–24 years 7,798 40
25–34 years 9,019 36
35–44 years 12,902 52
45–54 years 13,136 55
55–64 years 9,316 60
65 years and over 8,667 96
Male 25,724 52
Female 35,114 52
White 52,586 52
Black 5,010 60
Asian 1,887 36
Hispanic1 4,279 48
Educational
attainment and
employment status
Total
volunteers
(thousands)
Median
annual
hours
Educational attainment 2
Less than high school graduate 2,394 50
High school graduate 11,379 52
Some college 15,468 52
4-year college degree 23,799 60
     
Employment status
Civilian labor force 43,405 50
 Employed 41,708 50
 Full time 32,714 50
 Part time 8,994 52
 Unemployed 1,697 48
Not in labor force 17,433 71
Type of activity Percent distribution
of volunteers3
Civic, political, professional, or international 5.1%
Educational or youth service 26.2
Environmental or animal care 1.9
Hospital or other health 7.8
Public safety 1.3
Religious 35.6
Social or community service 13.1
Sport, hobby, cultural, or arts 3.5
Other/Not determined 5.4
1. Hispanic persons may be of any race.
2. Data refer to persons 25 years and over.
3. Distributed by the organization for which each volunteer worked the most hours during the year.
NOTE: Volunteers are persons who worked in some way to help others for no monetary pay during the previous year. Based on a sample survey covering September 2006 through September 2007, and subject to sampling variability.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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