The United Way Experiences a Growing Rate of Volunteerism

An elected Illinois-based policy maker, Jeff Pesek focuses on supporting education. In his free time, Jeff Pesek engages with several nonprofits, including the Wounded Warrior Project and the United Way.

A driving force for nonprofit and community organizations, volunteerism is essential for carrying out logistics that positively affect local neighborhoods and schools. Unfortunately, as stated in a report released by the United Way in June of 2014, the United States saw a significant decrease in the volunteer rate, which fell from 27.5 percent in 2002, the first year data was collected, to 25.4 percent in 2013, even with a population growth that resulted in a 9 percent increase in actual volunteers.

However, not all goodwill organizations were affected the same way. The United Way during the same time period saw a boost of 23.8 percent in volunteers. The United Way president and chief executive officer, Brian Gallagher, attributes the growing rate to the organization establishing solid partnerships with people and businesses. In addition, he states that the United Way’s focus on education, finance, and health, all of which are necessary for a strong community, contributes to the success of its volunteer programs.

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