Volunteering in America
More Americans volunteer during hard economic times
The Corporation for National and Community Service last month
released a report that showed a jump in volunteerism rates as the
highest since the early 2000’s. Instead of buckling under the pressure
of a down economy, Americans are donating more “sweat equity.”
More than 63 million people devoted more than 8.1 billion hours of
their personal time last year.
According to, Patrick Corvington, the corporation’s CEO, “People
are turning toward problems, working with their neighbors to
The Community Foundation of Broward has always believed that in
order to develop innovative solutions and create lasting change, people
have to be involved in the causes that matter to them. From that core
belief, civic engagement has become a key tenet of Foundation work.
A new leadership initiative of the Foundation called Re-Engage for
Good is based on that tenet. Re-engage for Good will enrich lives
in our community by encouraging retiring baby boomers to use the
second half of their lives for social good. The program is designed to
engage this generation as a civic resource and capitalize on the skills
and experiences they have gained over the course of their life so far
and use them to enrich the lives of others.
“Broward’s baby boomers are an untapped resource of extraordinary
proportions,” noted Sheri S. Brown, vice president grants and
initiatives of the Foundation. “They are the largest, healthiest, best educated
generation in history.