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In 2012, 1.79 million Virginians volunteered. Residents of Virginia on average contributed 221.7 million hours of volunteer service totaling $5.1 billion of service to the Commonwealth. With an average of 35.1 hours served per resident, Virginia ranked 21st among the 50 states and Washington, DC.

The total number of volunteers in the U.S. has continued to climb. In 2012, 64.5 million Americans volunteered at organizations in their communities. This is a slight increase from 2011 in which 64.3 Americans volunteered. Volunteerism reached it's highest level in five years in 2011 -- an increase of 1.5 million from 2010.


Based on data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, this report is the most comprehensive collection of data on volunteering and civic engagement and details America's volunteering demographics, habits, and patterns by state and region. The report reflects:

  • Number of people volunteering
  • Volunteer rate
  • Number of hours volunteered
  • Hours donated per year
  • Activities volunteers perform
  • Organizations where people volunteer
  • Civic engagement


Dollar Value of Volunteer Time

The 2013 National Average Hourly Value of Volunteer Time is $22.55*
The 2013 Virginia Average Hourly Value of Volunteer Time is $21.37**

*Independent Sector calculates by using the average hourly earnings of all production and non-supervisory workers on private non-farm payrolls (as released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics) and increasing it by 12% to account for fringe benefits. The figure is an estimated value. For more information visit Independent Sector's Web site.  2013 is the latest year for which state-by-state numbers are available.

**The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), Economic Information Services Division, uses the Current Employment Statistics annualized average hourly earnings for all production and non-supervisory workers on private non-farm payrolls in Virginia. The figure is an estimated value and is increased 12% to allow for benefits (effective April 2013). Contact VEC by phone at (804) 786-5880 for more information.  The VEC provides this information directly to OVCS staff and is generally more current than what is indicated on the Independent Sector's state-by-state guide found on their website.

Please note that the average hourly value of volunteer time figures are generally released annually in April. The figures listed above are the most current available; the 2014 figures will be available in late April 2015.