When you volunteer, you help drive the social well-being of our country.
More than 62.6 million Americans volunteer approximately 8 billion hours of work for good causes. That’s an economic impact of more than $162 billion dollars.
Last year IRTA members volunteered 1,083,605 hours—that's more than $25 million dollars given back to their communities. This is the 11th year in a row that IRTA members volunteered over a million hours.
By volunteering, not only are you making a difference in your communities, getting involved in a good cause is actually good for your health. Research shows that volunteering boosts self-confidence, self-esteem and self-worth. For retirees, it is a reason to get up in the morning and a way to pay it forward.
Before deciding to give your time to a good cause, you should consider what type of service best fits your talents. That information can help you determine how and where to volunteer.
Take this Volunteer Personality quiz to find out the kinds of volunteer activities best suited to you!