One study found the net benefit from a British health service volunteer program equated to a $627 million boost for the economy.
Even volunteer work has gone remote. That approach has made it easier for more people to join in.
Cities around the country have long had to worry about roads. Now, with the help of volunteers, they’re also investing more heavily in trails.
Communities benefit greatly from experience that retirees offer.
Midland, which has only one homeless shelter with 20 beds but 264 homeless people, is resistant to government aid for its needy residents.
The group Independent Sector tracks the value of volunteer work. This year, it averages $24.69 per hour, up more than 2 percent from last year. Independent Sector says 63 million Americans volunteer about 8 billion hours of their time per year. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.
MLK Day has become a day of service for many. Those that are off may take the time to volunteer. For others, their employers may provide a day for annual volunteering, a benefit that is especially attractive to younger workers. Click the above audio player to hear the full story.