Volunteering is a key contributor to community resilience. Organizations that have engaged volunteers are better prepared to respond and recover when emergencies strike. At the same time, volunteers benefit from the sense of social connection and participating in something greater than themselves.
In 2013, the U.S. Current Population Survey, compiled by Corporation for National & Community Service found that ¼ of adults and teenagers (15+ years) reported volunteering. The Survey draws from publically available dataabout volunteer rates and rankings, trends, and analysis in all 50 states, as well as 51 cities across the country.
In a Culture of Health, people not only feel that they’re part of and supported by a community, but are also engaged in the democratic process. Strong turnouts on voting day and increased participation in elections are indications that individuals feel empowered to take action and want to influence change.
Election turnout is a powerful indicator of civic engagement. Sources such as the U.S. Atlas and data from state election boards reveal what percentage of eligible voters participate in elections, as well as which states have the highest and lowest turnout.
SOURCE: U.S. Atlas on General Election Turnout, 2012