April is volunteer appreciation month, and we're proud to present you with an edition of Fun Facts that is dedicated to all the 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 new,
downloadable word cloud at the bottom of this column 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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Handful of Earth
This graph shows the rate of volunteerism (i.e. the number of volunteers who contributed at least one hour in each year per 100 participants) and the total number of volunteer
hours received per Center, by year from 2012 - 2016.
While the volunteerism rate (the red line) dropped steadily from 2012 - 2015, it rose substantially in 2016. In fact, the total number of volunteers across the Network rose by over 8% last year.
Also, the average number of hours a Center received from its volunteers jumped by nearly 550 hours in 2016. This is a big increase in the reliance on volunteers for each Center as well as an increase
in "productivity" for each volunteer.
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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!
I Want To Be The Air For You
The next chart looks at hours volunteered per person in 2016.
While nearly 1/3 of all volunteers contributed fewer than 10 hours in 2016, there is a significant portion of the volunteer base (almost 1 in 4) who contributed over 100 hours last year!
There are even some people who volunteered 500 or more hours in 2016 - that's over 10 hours per week! When we compare this data to a similar analysis we did in 2012,
we can see that 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 Handful of Earth graph.
Giving = Living
Volunteers do so much to help make the Center successful. This word cloud shows the most common volunteer activities across the MySeniorCenter Network in 2016.
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!
If there is a topic you'd like us to explore in a future issue of Fun Facts, please let us know.