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Trends and Highlights Overview

Overall, among Veterans in 2015:

  • 25.1% of veterans volunteer
  • 4.8 million volunteers
  • 801 million hours of service
  • $18.9 billion of service contributed
  • 72 median hours

Civic Life in America (2013 data):

  • 99.4% frequently eat dinner with other members of the household
  • 96.9% frequently talk with neighbors
  • 42.8% participate in groups and/or organizations
  • 90.8% engage in "informal volunteering" (for example, doing favors for neighbors)

National Service

National service refers to the Corporation for National and Community Service programs: Senior CorpsAmeriCorpsthe Social Innovation Fund, and other programs and initiatives. Participants in these programs address community needs in disaster services, economic opportunity, education, the environment, health, and veterans and military families.

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