In The News: Volunteering and Unemployment


In a recent article by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Peter Bolton writes, “States in which a big share of people volunteer, vote, and participate in other civic events tended to suffer the least-drastic increases in joblessness during the downturn, according to a new report” (

Volunteerism has always been a huge part of my life.  Even though I am fortunate enough to have a full-time job in this economy, my wide variety of volunteer interests are a huge part of my life.  When volunteering, I can have an immediate impact on childhood health, hunger, and poverty through the Junior League of Greater Orlando.  As Collegiate Alumni Chair of the Central Florida Chi Omega Alumnae Association, I can help young college women transition into working alumni.  As one of the sponsors of the Student Government Association (SGA) on my campus, I can help transform students into campus leaders.  Volunteering is important to me because helping others is a crucial part of being a fully developed human being.

Sadly, our great state of Florida doesn’t lead the pack when it comes to volunteerism.   In his article, Bolton adds: “On the other end of the spectrum, the states with the lowest rates of volunteering and helping neighbors had the highest rise in unemployment during that time: Alabama, California, Florida, Nevada, and Rhode Island” (

Let’s help change that statistic, Florida!  Get involved in your community.  If you are an Orlando native, check out Hands On Orlando here.  Nation-wide, you can find volunteer opportunities with Catchafire in your area by clicking here.  Depending on the type of volunteer work you’re looking for, Catchafire can help match you with something amazing.

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