The Sentinel recently published an article discussing how the numbers of volunteers to local organizations and the community have been increasing at a fast pace over the past few years. Nationally, the article gives these statistics:
“In 2009, the United States saw an increase in both the number of volunteers and the volunteer rate in the population as a whole, according to a recently released report from the government-run Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees national service programs such as AmeriCorps.
The report, which included volunteers ages 16 or older who served through formal organizations and nonprofits, says 1.6 million more Americans volunteered in 2009 than in 2008, a number that reflects the largest single-year increase since 2003 and the highest total since 2005.”
The West Side Neighbors are trying to coordinate with some of these local organizations so we can get the word out on where volunteers are needed. If you are interested in volunteering, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.