Despite Attempts to Boost Volunteerism, Rate Hits a New Low

Despite Attempts to Boost Volunteerism, Rate Hits a New Low 1

Courtesy of the Entertainment Industry Foundation

Volunteers, like these workers at a KaBoom playground-building event, are getting more rare: Two million fewer people gave their time in 2013 than in 2012, according to federal data.

Barack and Michelle Obama tried. The federal Corporation for National and Community Service tried. AARP and other nonprofits tried. Many corporations tried. Even Hollywood tried.

They, and many others, have tried over the past decade to boost the percentage of Americans who volunteer. But the numbers don’t seem to budge much.

In fact, the volunteerism rate in 2013 fell to 25.4 percent, the lowest since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began to collect the data in 2002.