~~ The Electronic Gazette for Volunteerism
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released numbers on volunteering
Here are some highlights from the 1999-2000 report:
- 4.3 million people over 18 volunteered
- 558 million hours of time were donated
- The time donated was the equivalent of 285,000 FTEs (full
- 31% of the volunteers worked through nonprofit organizations
that provided welfare type services
- 24% worked for arts or sporting types of organizations
- Volunteers service contributed $8.9 billion or 1.4% of the
GDP in 1999-2000
For more about the state of volunteering in Australia visit
http://www.abs.gov.au. There is also a review of this site at the
Volunteer Today page Internet Resources.
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volunteer programs actively seek people who speak Spanish to help in
delivering various types of programs. About 28 million Americans speak
Spanish at home. Once that need is met, what is the third most spoken
language in the US. It may surprise you to learn that it is Chinese.
(Mandarin and Cantonese) is the third most common language spoken by
those living in the US. An estimated 2 million people (.08) regularly
speak Chinese at home. This is higher than the 1.6 million who speak
French or the 1.4 million who speak German. There are now 1.2 million
people who speak Tagalog and 1 million speaking Vietnamese.
Chinese language speakers are most prevalent in the following metro
areas of the US:
- San Francisco
- San Jose
- Los Angeles
- Orange County
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
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the baby-boom generation, those born between 1946
1964 is a challenge. The media treats them as a monolithic group, when
in reality they are made up of cohorts. This band of individuals requires
closer study, if recruiting efforts are to be successful. AARP commissioned
a study of that group in mid-2001.
are some facts to ponder as you organize the next recruiting effort:
- 78 million people fall into the overall boomer
- 1 in 4 boomers belong to an ethnic or racial minority
- 10 million African-American boomers
- 8 million Latino/Hispanic boomers
- 3 million Asian-American boomers
- 6 million multiracial or other boomers
- 49% of White and 37% of Hispanic boomers see the
family as their number one priority
- 18% of black boomers see family as their top priority
- For 40% of black boomers religion is the number
one priority. This compares to 20% for whites and 19% for Hispanics
- Physical health is cited as most important to 22% of black
and Hispanic boomers, but only 16% of white
material can be targeted to different groups priorities as a means
to attract them to a volunteer position. For example, if your organization
has volunteer tasks that require physical labor, create a flyer aimed
at those with that interest.
some cases a partnership with another community organization might be
a clever technique to find new volunteers. For example, African-Americans
selected religion as their top priority, a partnership with black churches
could provide a steady supply of volunteers.
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DAILY POINTS OF LIGHT
AWARD FORMS AVAILABLE
Points of Light Foundation has forms available to nominate volunteers
and volunteer organizations for the Daily Points of Light Award. It
is designed recognize individuals and groups that demonstrate unique
and innovative approaches to community volunteering and citizen action,
with a strong emphasis on service focused on the goals for children
and young people set by the Presidents Summit for American's Future.
award is given five days a week, excluding holidays. If you would like
nomination forms, contact Crystal Hill at 202-729-8000.
calling 1-800-VOLUNTEER in the U.S., individuals can be connected
to their local volunteer center.
is a national interactive call routing system designed to get volunteers
connected to people who can help them volunteer.
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