Fifty-two per cent of Americans volunteered for the first time during a pandemic
Out of two thousand surveyed Americans, more than half reported volunteering in their communities for the very first time as a result of the circumstances brought on by the pandemic.
Delivering food to essential workers (35%), volunteering to help the elderly or incapacitated maintain their homes (23%) and volunteering at a food bank (20%) were among the most common ways respondents had volunteered since the start of the pandemic.
Yet seven out of ten respondents reported that, while the effects of COVID-19 on their community made them more eager to volunteer, they’ve hesitated due to safety concerns. For over a third of respondents, the motivation to volunteer came from close to home.
Best of all, nearly seven in ten reported that, as more people become vaccinated, they hope to increase their time spent volunteering.