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2011 Volunteering in America Report

Published September 2, 2011

The Volunteering in America Report is a report that comes out annually which compares the volunteering statistics nationally, state by state, and city to city in order to determine both national and local trends in volunteering.  According to the 2011 Volunteering in America Report, Maine’s rate of volunteering adults decreased by 2% between 2009 and 2010.  Our ability to retain our volunteers also weakened 1%.  This was not the most drastic statistic that the report had to offer, however. Maine volunteers served an average of 6.6 hours less in 2010 than they did in 2009.  That adds up to a loss of 7 million hours of service, or $17 million in-kind work.

If you have recently stopped volunteering in Maine or have cut back on the number of hours you volunteer, we would like to know why! We have generated a short survey in order to figure out why. Click here to fill out the survey.

Not all of the news on the Volunteering in America Report is negative, however. We had an increase in volunteering of 5.2% among teenagers between the ages of 16-19, moving Maine up from 8th place to 2nd place among all 50 states and Washington D.C.  College students slid from 4th place to 6th place, young adults slid from 3rd place to 4th place, baby boomers went from 16th place to 17th, and older adults slid from 12th place to 15th place.  Our overall volunteer rate slid from 15th to 16th place and our retention rate went up from 16th place to 15th place.

People volunteered more in religious events, civic events, and hospitals and less in education, social services, and other categories.

While the state as a whole saw an overall decrease in volunteers, Bangor had an increase of 1,800 volunteers from 2009 to 2010.  The number of volunteer hours per resident also increased by 5.5 hours. In a comparison of 75 mid-size cities, Bangor went up from 5th place to 3rd place in the category of volunteer hours per resident.  That is an increase of 1.1 million volunteer hours from 2009 to 2010.

Portland did not follow the same trends as Bangor.  Portland had a decrease of 400 volunteers from 2009 to 2010.  In a comparison of 75 mid-sized cities, Portland went up in rank from 14th to 13th in the category of percent of residents to volunteer.  The average number of hours volunteered per resident increased by 3.5 hours. That adds up to 900,000 more hours of service in 2010 than in 2009.  In order to learn more about Maine’s volunteering trends, click here.