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Volunteerism

Update:
Volunteerism Public Policies Can Hurt Nonprofits, by Rick Cohen, for Blue Avacado (5/3/10)

Benefits of Volunteering

Volunteering is the practice of people working for charitable, educational, or a particular cause without payment for their time and services. Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity, intended to promote good or improve human quality of life ,but people also volunteer for their own skill development, to meet others, to make contacts for possible employment, to have fun, and a variety of other reasons that could be considered self-serving. Volunteering takes many forms and is performed by a wide range of people. Many volunteers are specifically trained in the areas they work in, such as medicine, education, or emergency rescue. Other volunteers serve on an as-needed basis, such as in response to a natural disaster or for a beach-cleanup. Since the popularization of the Internet, many volunteers (particularly with access to the Web) discover volunteer opportunities via online services. Resources like VolunteerMatch, which launched in 1998, have been instrumental in creating online marketplaces for volunteer recruitment between nonprofits and volunteers.

For Whom

Volunteer for a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Government, church.

 

Statistics

How many Americans volunteer each year.

 

Benefits

Helps neighbors and community.
Serves charitable causes rather than monetary contributions.


Benefits of Volunteering

Volunteering gives people satisfaction. By incorporating public service into their lives they can make a difference in their community and touch people‘s lives. Share your time and talents. Help solve problems, strengthen communities, and improve lives while connecting to others. Volunteering even provides individual health benefits. Read the Issues brief

National Service
AmeriCorps

Senior Corps
Learn and Serve America
Special Initiatives

Serve America Act

Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act of 2009
The Serve America Act, S. 277, legislation to reauthorize and strengthen the national service laws, was introduced by Senators Kennedy and Hatch on January 16, 2009. On March 26, 2009, the Senate voted 79-19 to pass national service reauthorization legislation, naming the bill the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.

Value of Volunteer Services
Volunteering in America Report
Volunteer Satisfaction Survey

Volunteer Milage Rate

Gas Rates, Volunteers, and Justice

Congressman Todd Platts (PA-19) has a bill pending in Congress that would raise the IRS Charitable Volunteer Mileage Rate tax deduction. H.R.2020 would increase the 14 cent per mile Volunteer Mileage Rate tax deduction to the Standard Mileage Rate that businesses receive (currently 50 cents per mile). In 2008, the Joint Tax Committee in Congress estimated the cost of H.R.2020 (similar to the current H.R.345 of 2009) at $5.5 billion over 10 years. It only sounds expensive. Volunteers are critical to the delivery of charitable, cultural and civic services, return significantly more to the community than they could possibly receive, and very well may be the key to survival of America's social safety net. * US Sen. Robert P. Casey, Jr. (PA) introduced a bill in 2008 similar to the Platts bill.

Platts Bill (H.R.345 ) Increases the volunteer mileage rate tax deduction (14 cents per mile by statute) to the standard business mileage rate (currently 50 cents per mile, adjusted annually).
Sponsor: Rep Todd R. Platts

Status: Languishing in the House Ways & Means Committee since its introduction on 1/8/2009. But this bill has 26 Cosponsors

Lewis Bill (H.R.524) Giving Incentives to Volunteers Everywhere (GIVE) Act of 2009 - Increases the standard mileage rate for use of a passenger automobile for charitable purposes to a rate not less than the rate used for the tax deduction for medical transportation expenses, and excludes from the gross income of charitable volunteers reimbursements paid to them for the use of a passenger automobile for the benefit of a charitable organization.
Sponsor: Rep John Lewis

Status: Languishing in the House Ways & Means Committee since its introduction on 1/14/2009. This bill has 6 Cosponsors

Cardin Bill (S.243) Giving Incentives to Volunteers Everywhere (GIVE) Act of 2009 - Increases the standard mileage rate for use of a passenger automobile for charitable purposes to a rate not less than the rate used for the tax deduction for medical transportation expenses, and excludes from the gross income of charitable volunteers reimbursements paid to them for the use of a passenger automobile for the benefit of a charitable organization.
Sponsor: Sen. Benjamin L Cardin

Status: Languishing in the US Senate Finance Committee since its introduction on 1/14/2009. This bill has 16 Senate Cosponsors

Latta Bill (H.R.271) Increases the volunteer mileage rate, but only for delivery of meals to elderly, disabled, frail and at risk individuals.
Sponsor: Rep. Robert ELatta

Status: Languishing in the House Ways & Means Committee since its introduction on 1/7/2009.

Note: The 111th Congress runs from January 2009 through December 2010. Any bill not passed by the end of the session dies in committee.

Social Innovation Fund

The Social Innovation Fund, a new public-private collaboration created by the 2009 Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, is designed to create new knowledge about how to solve social challenges in the areas of economic opportunity, youth development and school support, and healthy futures, and to improve our nation’s problem-solving infrastructure in low-income communities.

PennServe

The Governor's Office of Citizen Service with a wide mandate to encourage and support civic engagement in the Commonwealth. PennSERVE encourages, develops and facilitates volunteer and citizen community services which builds on the talents, strengths, opportunities and challenges of people and communities to enhance the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians. Learn more about us and the Commission on Community Service.

Links

Energize Inc.
Points of Light
Hands-on Network
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley
Meals on Wheels of America
Meals on Wheels of Northampton County

 

News

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