Today–the 12th anniversary of 9/11, and the country’s annual Day of Service—is an apt time to investigate how much Americans are volunteering. The good news: About 64.5 million people volunteered through or for an organization at least once between September 2011 and September 2012, according to a 2013 report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The bad news: That number only accounts for 26.5 percent of the population (and it’s a .3 percent decline from the year before).
Fortunately, it’s not too late to bring up our numbers for 2013. Pledge to perform a good deed today (submit your plans here, so you have some accountability). Want to make a really big impact? Use these tips to get your community involved.