Today, the annual Volunteering and Civic Life in America research was released by NCoC and the Corporation for National & Community Service.
Follow this link to view the full report.
The research shows that the overall rate of volunteering is slightly lower than the previous year, yet remains strong and stable. Volunteering expands across all generations with 62.6 million adults (25.4%) participating in such activities – contributing a total of 7.7 billion hours.
Key demographic findings from the report include:
- Americans 35-44 years old had the highest volunteering rate (31.3%) followed by those 45-54 years old (29.4%). One in five of “Millennials”, or those of ages 16-31, (21.7%) volunteered.
- Older generations contributed the highest average number of volunteer hours with those 65-74 years old providing 92 hours and those 75 and older providing 90 hours.
- The volunteer rate among young adults (ages 18-24) attending college was 26.7%, nearly double the volunteer rate of young adults not attending college (13.5%). This gap reflects the important role of colleges and universities as catalysts for service, and challenges us to do more to engage more young people not attending college in service activities.
Other civic health indicators from the report found that two in three Americans (68.5%) have dinner with family or friends frequently. Meanwhile, three in four (75.7%) see or hear from friends and family at least a few times a week, and more than a third (36.3%) are involved in a school, civic, recreational, religious, or other organizations.
At this time of heightened unease, the civic health of our country and engagement of our citizens is particularly important. All sectors of society should redouble their efforts to promote greater connections among Americans. Our civic health is strongest when citizens engage with their neighbors and government.
In the 1980’s, Latinos were described as America’s sleeping giant.
Over these decades, Latinos have gradually increased their civic aptitude and today are influencing the country’s civic life. With the release of the National Conference on Citizenship’s (NCOC) Latinos Civic Health Index, we now have an in-depth understanding of Latino civic engagement across a wide range of indicators.
The report finds that Latino youth are at the forefront of increasing civic engagement within their communities. While overall Latino civic participation rates are lower than the rest of the population, improved educational opportunities, English language proficiency, and a higher than average rate of social media usage create increased avenues for youth engagement.
Two particularly interesting findings are that young Latino Internet users use social networking sites at higher rates (80%) than non-Latino whites (70%) and African Americans (75%). Additionally, lower income Latino youth are more likely than their higher income Latino counterparts to use social media. Combined, these points offer new opportunities for civic organizations and governments to focus on social media as a way to increase engagement.
The report, which is available in English and Spanish, can be found here.
The Center for American Progress (CAP) released a new report about the health of state democracies.
The National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the U.S. Census Bureau, recently released new Volunteering and Civic Life in America (VCLA) data for 2013.
While some key indicators remain high, 16 of the 20 civic health indicators dropped compared to our most recent data collected in 2011 and 2012. Below are some of the central findings:
- Confidence in corporations increased with 64.5% reporting they have some or a great deal of confidence, up 2.5 points from 62% in 2011.
- 25.4% or 62 million Americans volunteered a total of 7.7 billion hours compared to 26.5% in 2012.
- 55.8% of Americans trust most or all of the people in their neighborhood and 12.1% of Americans exchanged favors for neighbors frequently. Both decreased by .9 and 1.9 points respectively since 2011.
- More than a third of Americans (36.3%) are involved in a school, civic, recreational, religious, or other organization, down 3 points from 2011.
- Americans who hear from family or friends frequently saw the third biggest drop at 3.3 points since 2011.
- Americans reporting that they had some or a great deal of confidence in the media had the biggest drop of 7 points from 62% to 55%.
Overall, the data shows Americans continue to volunteer and engage in their communities at high rates. While the data is only from two years, we should be vigilant about the challenges facing America’s civc health.
To overcome these challenges, we must all redouble our efforts in our personal and professional lives. At NCoC, we are building the Service Year exchange (SYx) to unite Americans through service and supporting our partners through the Civic Health Initiative. Learn more about these efforts and join us. Together, we can strengthen civic life in America.
By Stephanie South, Program Associate, AASCU
Hello and happy #ADPFF, ADP peeps!
We didn’t post last week (sigh…) because ADP National Manager Jen Domagal-Goldman and I were at the 2013 National Conference on Citizenship at the United States Institute of Peace.
We were here: the United States Institute of Peace
So, this Friday, we are bringing you a couple pics and some of our favorite/thought-provoking tweets from the event. For more on what went down, discover #NCoC on Twitter.
ADP National Manager Jen Domagal-Goldman speaking about ADP at the 2013 NCoC
Some of the tweets/conversation-starters we favorited:
- The flag at half-mast outside of the State Department as a show of respect for the victims of Navy Yard; NCoC also opened both days of the event with a moment of silence