Volunteering

Parents of children aged 12-17 years were asked how often their children had participated in community service or volunteer activities during the previous year, including activities at school, church, and in the community. Among children in this age group, 37.6 percent of children participated in these types of activities once a month or more during the previous year, while 41.1 percent did so a few times that year and 21.3 percent had not participated in any community service or volunteer activities in the previous year.

Girls aged 12-17 years were more likely to have volunteered a few times a month or more than boys of the same age group. Of girls aged 12-17, 42.0 percent had volunteered a few times a month or more, while 33.5 percent of boys did so.

Participation in community service or volunteer activities did not vary dramatically by household income. The proportion of children aged 12-17 years who volunteered at least a few times a month ranged from 34.4 percent of children with household incomes below the Federal poverty level (FPL) to 39.3 percent of those with incomes of 400 percent of the FPL or more.