MySeniorCenter Fun Facts

Friday, April 1st, 2016


April is volunteer appreciation month, so this issue is dedicated to all of those great volunteers who help us survive and thrive. In this issue you'll learn more about volunteerism rates, the number of hours donated, and profiles of volunteers from across the MySeniorCenter Network. Plus, there's a cool, downloadable word cloud at the bottom that shows some popular ways that volunteers help Centers.

Let's have a look.

Welcome to...Fun Facts - the Volunteer Appreciation edition

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Lean On Me

This graph shows the rate of volunteerism (i.e. the number of people who contributed at least one hour in each year) has been on a downward trend since 2012. However, the total average number of hours a Center receives per year from its volunteers has grown. This is a departure from 2009 - 2011 where the volunteerism rate increased each year. The "productivity" per volunteer is quite a bit higher recently with the average slightly more than 104 hours per volunteer in 2015. We'll go deeper into that below in the Thank You For Being A Friend section.

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Having an understanding of who your volunteers are now is imperative to recruiting new volunteers in the future. Here's an overview from across the Network:

So, the next time you come across a 70-year old married woman wearing yoga pants and sending a text outside a Starbucks, make sure you tell her about the great opportunities to volunteer at your Center!

Thank You For Being A Friend

The next chart looks at hours volunteered per person in 2015.

While nearly 1/3 of all volunteers contributed fewer than 10 hours in 2015, there is a significant portion of the volunteer base (almost 1 in 4) who contribute over 100 hours per year! There are even some people who volunteered 500 or more hours in 2015 - that's over 10 hours per week! When we compare this data to a similar analysis we did in 2012, we can see the the numbers have shifted out to the right. People are averaging MORE hours now than in 2012, which is consistent with what we see above in the Lean On Me graph.

United We Stand

Volunteers do so much to help make the Center successful. This word cloud shows the most common volunteer activities across the MySeniorCenter Network. The bigger the word, the more hours volunteered for that activity. To Download this word cloud, click here. To generate your own word cloud, you can export the results of your volunteer hours report (Statistics -> Volunteer Hours) into Excel and then copy and paste the results into the advanced section of this website: www.wordle.net. It's a fun site to play with and it's free!

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