The National Conference on Citizenship and the Corporation for National Community Service just published the 2010 Civic Health Summary. The key findings don’t come as a surprise for those of us who work with volunteers every day. For example
- Americans are coming together to overcome challenges. They are tilting toward the issues and not running away from them.
- Between 2007 and 2009, about 62 million Americans volunteered through an organization each year.
- Each year on average from 2008-2009, almost 125 million Americans exchanged favors with their neighbors at least once a month.
- People who participate in one civic activity are more likely to be involved with others.
- People who connect socially by eating dinner with others in their household, keeping in touch online, talking with their neighbors, or trading favors with their neighbors are all more likely to be engaged in service, political action, groups and following current events in some way.
- Veterans are more likely to work with their neighbors to fix community problems, to exchange favors with their neighbors and to have voted in the 2008 election.
Kudos to all of you who serve your community by acting on your power to make a difference!
The report and other related findings from the same research are available through the HandsOn Network.