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Volunteers by Selected Characteristics, 2005

Age, sex,
race, and
Hispanic origin
Percent of
population
volunteering
Median
annual
hours
Total, 16 years and over 28.8% 50
16–24 years 24.4 36
25–34 years 25.3 36
35–44 years 34.5 48
45–54 years 32.7 50
55–64 years 30.2 56
65 years and over 24.8 96
Male 25.0 52
Female 32.4 50
White 30.4 50
Black 22.1 52
Asian 20.7 40
Hispanic1 15.4 40
Educational
attainment and
employment status
Percent of
population
volunteering
Median
annual
hours
Educational attainment 2
Less than high school graduate 10.0% 48
High school graduate 21.2 48
Some college 33.7 50
4-year college degree 45.8 55
     
Employment status
Civilian labor force 31.1 48
 Employed 31.3 48
 Full time 29.8 45
 Part time 38.2 51
 Unemployed 26.4 42
Not in labor force 24.4 62
Type of activity Percent distribution
of volunteers3
Civic, political, professional, or international 6.4%
Educational or youth service 26.2
Environmental or animal care 1.8
Hospital or other health 7.7
Public safety 1.3%
Religious 34.8
Social or community service 13.4
Sport, hobby, cultural, or arts 3.3
Other/Not determined 5.2
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 2004 through September 2005, and subject to sampling variability.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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