- Volunteers agree that volunteering helps them to lead healthier lives.
- Volunteering appears to correspond with higher levels of life satisfaction - including a greater sense of meaning and purpose and higher levels of optimism.
- Employers have an important role to play in encouraging volunteerism among their employees.
- 25% of those who volunteer do so through their place of work.
- More than four in every 10 Americans (41%) have volunteered in the last year (e.g.,engaged in unpaid service activities, not including giving money or donation).
- 69% of Americans have made donations to an organization in the past year.
- 44% of Americans report that they intended to volunteer in 2010, with many citing "the opportunity to make a difference" as the motivation.
The main objectives of the study were to assess current perceptions of Americans' own physical and emotional health, determine attitudes and beliefs about volunteering, determine the effect of volunteering on the volunteer, measure incidence and motivation of volunteerism in the U.S., gauge popularity and impact of workplace volunteer opportunities and highlight the differences between seniors who volunteer and those who do not in terms of health and lifestyle.