According to volunteerhub.com, one in four people volunteers—approximately 25% of the population. In 2018, according to CNCS, the Corporation for National and Community Service, now AmeriCorps, volunteering added 187.7 Billion to the economy. 8.7 Billion hours volunteered as of 2014, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 3/4 ths of volunteers report feeling happier overall, according to volunteerhub.com.
Source: volunteerhub.com, cncs 2018, u.s. bureau of labor statistics
56% rate their communities as good or better. 69% feel closer to their neighbors and community. 70% are volunteering in an informal nature, while 30% volunteer more formally with organizations. Comprising these numbers are 57% women and 43% men. The equivalent of 109 million full-time workers - volunteer and are civically engaged globally.
With a Mentor, youth are:
- 55% More likely to be enrolled in college
- 78% more likely to volunteer in their communities
- 90% Report being interested in being mentors themselves
- 130% more likely to hold a position in a club or sports team
When mentoring is integrated into research-based reforms and interventions, it can strengthen efforts to reduce poverty, truancy, drug abuse, and violence while promoting healthy decision-making, positive behaviors and activities, and academic achievement.
The Impact of National Service: 40 K communities served nationwide, 1.6 B hours served, and 250 K members and volunteers serving. The lasting impact of national service speaks to the strength of our programs and the dedication of our members and volunteers who serve.
AmeriCorps Kansas empowers local communities to mobilize individuals and community resources to meet their most challenging needs. We work with organizational leadership to develop and implement AmeriCorps state programming to address the issues in education, poverty, social justice, youth development, and mentoring. We partner with nonprofit, government, and faith-based sectors to increase the effective utilization of AmeriCorps members and community resources.
National Service in Kansas: 600 local service sites. 4,900 AmeriCorps Seniors and AmeriCorps members. $13.7 million AmeriCorps and local funding. $28.9 million AmeriCorps scholarships earned since 1994.