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Level of volunteerism in America hits record low
790waeb.com ^

Posted on 03/06/2014 4:43:14 AM PST by Red in Blue PA

Last year, the percentage of people in America donating time to charity hit its lowest level since the government began tracking volunteerism.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statics, the volunteer rate declined 1.1 points to a rate of 25.4 percent in 2013. Some 62.6 million people performed unpaid work through or for organizations from September 2012 to September 2013. The BLS notes that the volunteer rate for 2013 was the lowest since it began tracking the data in 2002, when the volunteer rate was 27.6 percent.

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Everyone is too busy trying to fend for themselves in this disastrous economy.
1 posted on 03/06/2014 4:43:14 AM PST by Red in Blue PA
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To: Red in Blue PA

Sometimes taxpayers feel like they already gave.


2 posted on 03/06/2014 4:48:02 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Red in Blue PA
"Everyone is too busy trying to fend for themselves in this disastrous economy."

Can't argue with that. I see the same thing.

My son goes to a local public high school, and it appears that school kids now have to do some form of 'volunteer' service in order to graduate and get their diploma, to the tune of 100 hours' worth of time at the local nursing homes, homeless shelter, cat shelter, what have you.

That sort of edict strikes me more as 'mandatory' than 'volunteer', but 'volunteer' sounds much nicer, I suppose.

I wonder: Are these hours being counted in these statistics? Because that constitutes a sizable chunk of free labor.

3 posted on 03/06/2014 4:49:46 AM PST by Joe Brower (The "American People" are no longer capable of self-governance.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
that and i think some of the volunteers see that many of those being helped are simply there for a handout and not really interested in helping themselves...
4 posted on 03/06/2014 4:50:26 AM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Bingo......when I see someone begging I think to myself “call obama since you likely voted for him.”


5 posted on 03/06/2014 4:50:26 AM PST by Josa
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To: Red in Blue PA

I believe .gov could also be having a ‘crowding out’ effect against charity. When they’re taking away more of my income than ever(at gunpoint) to give to someone else, it sure as hell makes me feel less charitable.

I’d be more inclined to have someone go down to the ‘welfare office’ and sign up for an FSA card, because I already gave to the IRS...


6 posted on 03/06/2014 4:51:14 AM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Red in Blue PA

This is not even a little bit surprising.


7 posted on 03/06/2014 4:54:00 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: KoRn

>>I already gave to the IRS...<<

HA! Love it! I’m going to start using that line from now on whenever I’m solicited for donations.


8 posted on 03/06/2014 4:59:06 AM PST by ItsOurTimeNow ("Scheming demons dressed in kingly guise, beating down the multitudes and scoffing at the wise.")
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To: ItsOurTimeNow

I tell charities that all of my donations are going to conservative political campaigns and will continue to do so until we have restored free enterprise and our Constitution.


9 posted on 03/06/2014 5:05:42 AM PST by gspurlock (http://www.backyardfence.wordpress.com)
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To: Red in Blue PA
The Leftist thugs currently in control want to discourage volunteering--it takes away from dependence on the regime.
10 posted on 03/06/2014 5:07:21 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Pearls Before Swine

That’s right. When every free penny you have either gets taxed away or eaten up with hidden inflation in food and fuel prices, you can’t get blood out of a stone.


11 posted on 03/06/2014 5:11:55 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: hinckley buzzard
America is one big charity case right now, thanks to the socialist marxist democrats.
12 posted on 03/06/2014 5:18:41 AM PST by TruthFactor (Tag-free, for now.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

That’s my story and am sticking to it.

My spouse does tons of volunteer stuff and I am proud of her for it.

I’ve helped with animal shelters some when my schedule allows.


13 posted on 03/06/2014 5:19:16 AM PST by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Right, the people who USED to volunteer, are now working at part time jobs in ADDITION to their straight boogie, just to get by.

There’s no time left in the day to volunteer!

It’s the same with income... there is no money left to donate as in the past, to your favorite charity. The FED took so much of what you make, because THEY feel they know best what to do with YOUR mone...

FINE... now THEY can take care of the sick, the little old ladies and the orphans, etc., the WE USED to help out when we had $$$$ to spare.


14 posted on 03/06/2014 5:20:33 AM PST by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

It’s bad for community spirit when the government takes the lion’s share and becomes the source of most charity, especially when that charity is politically manipulated.

That’s something that’s little spoken of in the discourse about societal fairness and generosity.


15 posted on 03/06/2014 5:26:24 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Red in Blue PA

I used to Volunteer for a EMS back in the 80s. There were so many people you had to fight to get a shift.
Now they struggle for fill in the slots and the people they do get are only there for the uniform.
People need to work two jobs or a lot of Overtime to put food on the table and gas in the tanks.
Thanks to Obama and his people, volunteerism is just about dead.


16 posted on 03/06/2014 5:27:13 AM PST by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: Red in Blue PA
Two Reasons:

  1. Democrats think charity is when they use government power to take money from someone they don't like and give it to someone they do.

  2. Republicans and Conservatives are almost out of money (see item 1.).


17 posted on 03/06/2014 5:28:57 AM PST by Iron Munro (Albert Einstein: The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Biggest reason? (I guess)

The women that moved from being homemakers to volunteer work are older and not as capable to volunteer any more.

The next generation coming up is healthier, can work longer and is of a generation where women work, at least after their children are grown.


18 posted on 03/06/2014 5:49:33 AM PST by jaybee
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To: Red in Blue PA

How many organizations that look for volunteers are non-profits with CEOs (and others) making huge salaries?


19 posted on 03/06/2014 5:50:15 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Red in Blue PA

It’s pretty clear to me that there exists a deep-seated collective resentment among the sentient people in the USA. From a variety of causes, starting at the white house.
TC


20 posted on 03/06/2014 5:53:47 AM PST by Pentagon Leatherneck
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To: jaybee

You are correct......

also, women volunteers don’t pay taxes


21 posted on 03/06/2014 5:57:03 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I agree that only employed people are more charitable, because they can be. This year, with so many unemployed, and Obamacare taxes hitting below the belt, the level of economic stress is just intolerable for many.


22 posted on 03/06/2014 6:09:01 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I used to work at the American Red Cross many years ago. We knew that when the economy is poor, people don’t volunteer or donate money as much. Volunteerism is linked to wealth and self esteem. When you’re out of work, you have less of both and therefore, less volunteerism.


23 posted on 03/06/2014 7:10:08 AM PST by virgil
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To: Joe Brower

Yeah, kids in high school are now coerced to “volunteer”. The effect of this is creating conservatives, as the kids volunteering see about 10% of the people who actually need help, and 90% of the rest fat, lazy, and extremely rude, while wondering why they have to help people perfectly capable of helping themselves. It was an eye opening experience for them.


24 posted on 03/06/2014 7:15:13 AM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: dsrtsage
Creating more conservatives? I'd like to think so too. And for another reason in addition to what you point out.

Can't say for sure what the overall effect is -- but my son and his friends all know the reality of 'volunteer' requirement, because I've pointed it out to them and they get it.

Other kids might see it for themselves, and others will just accept it without realizing what is being done. Not that they won't figure it out later.

25 posted on 03/06/2014 8:13:23 AM PST by Joe Brower (The "American People" are no longer capable of self-governance.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Does the 40% in slave taxes I pay count?


26 posted on 03/06/2014 10:24:43 AM PST by Organic Panic
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