Thursday, May 22, 2008

Value of Volunteer Time: 2007

Value of Volunteer TimeIndependent Sector is the leadership forum for charities, foundations, and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good in America and around the world.
2007 estimated dollar value of volunteer time: $19.51 per hour.

The estimate helps acknowledge the millions of individuals who

dedicate their time, talents, and energy to making a difference.
Charitable organizations can use this estimate to quantify the
enormous value volunteers provide.

Charts for:

1) Dollar Value of a Volunteer Hour: 1980 – 2007

2) Dollar Value of a Volunteer Hour, by State: 2006 *
~ Please note that 2006 is the latest year for which state-by-state numbers are available. There is a lag of almost one year in the government's release of state level data

Notes: The value of volunteer time is based on the average hourly earnings of all production and nonsupervisory workers on private nonfarm payrolls (as determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics). Independent Sector takes this figure and increases it by 12 percent to estimate for fringe benefits.

Other Reports of Interest

Volunteering in America: 2007 City Trends and Rankings (photo)by Corporation for National and Communtiy Service

~ uses volunteer data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics from 2004-2006. It ranks and includes profiles for 50 of the largest cities including: volunteer rate, types of organizations, main volunteering activities, average hours per year, rates for age and gender and key trends and highlights. Some of their other reports:

~ Still Serving: Measuring the Eight-Year Impact of AmeriCorps on Alumni
~ AmeriCorps: Changing Lives, Changing America
~ The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research

Volunteering in the United States, 2007Bureau of Labor Statistics
About 60.8 million people volunteered through or for an organization at least once between September 2006 and September 2007. The proportion of the population who volunteered was 26.2 %. This 0.5 % decrease in the volunteer rate follows a decline of 2.1 % points in the prior year. The volunteer rate had held constant at 28.8 % from 2003 thru 2005, after rising slightly from its 2002 level of 27.4 %.

Visit America's Literacy Directory to volunteer in literacy programs in your area.

Join Friends of Libraries USA and support your local library.

Find a volunteer opportunity in your community or nationwide @ Volunteer Match.

Monday, May 19, 2008

VALUE: Adult Learner Involvement Survey

Voice of Adult Learners United to Educate

VALUE is updating its research on adult learner involvement throughout the U.S.

If you would like to share information about adult learner involvement in your state or in your local program, please complete the 10-question survey. Some sample questions.

~ state conferences that include students as participants or planners
~ if you have a student group, how is it structured
~ what areas of leadership have students made achievements
~ is there funding for involvement outside the classroom
~ what positions do students hold in programs

The results of this research will be posted in the "In the States" section of the VALUE web site.

Friday, May 9, 2008

National Library Legislative Day: May 13-14

May 13 and 14

Support your local library. Librarians and library supporters will rally in Washington D. C. to advocate for libraries. Urge your representatives to support libraries.

Can’t travel to Washington, DC ?

You can still participate in National Library Legislative Day by organizing Virtual Library support @ FOLUSA in your state by phone, fax, and email from May 12 and 16.

3 to 1: U.S public library cardholders vs Amazon customers worldwide

8 million questions a week answered by Reference Librarians
~ the line of people would stretch from New York City to Anchorage, Alaska

$ 31.00: Annual expenditure by Americans for public libraries
~ about the cost of 1 hardcover book

Return On Investment (ROI)
~ Florida’s public libraries return $6.54 for every $1.00 invested

~ Estimate your ROI for every $1.00 in taxes you invest in your library

CLICK for more:
~ Economic Benefits of Libraries
~ Library Facts for Legislators

American Library Association