Independent Sector has released their findings for the value of volunteer time in 2019
Independent Sector, in partnership with the University of Maryland’s Do Good Institute, has just released the new Value of Volunteer Time. This national estimate averaged $27.20 an hour across the country in 2019, up from $25.53 in 2018. California volunteer time is valued at $31.51/hour while Texas volunteers receive a value of $25.47/hour. Go to Independent Sector to learn more about the methodology behind the new Value of Volunteer Time and to gain access to detailed figures for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
Volunteers are critical assets in all communities across the country, especially in this time of COVID-19. Board members, committee members, and community volunteers contribute in many and varied ways. In 2020, we have seen volunteers step up to provide front-line services as our nation faces the current pandemic. Whether it is providing food to people experiencing homelessness or hunger due to COVID-19, water to protesters fighting racial injustice, or remote digital literacy training to older adults through CTN’s Home Connect program, nearly 63 million volunteers are working alongside nonprofit staff to provide essential services to the people who need it the most.
The 2019 update to the Value of Volunteer Time was created in partnership with the University of Maryland’s Do Good Institute working with a recent graduate of the School of Public Policy, Michael Sousane. He modernized the study by revisiting the methodology used in prior years and updated the assumptions behind the method.
Regardless of the value of a volunteer assigned by the Independent Sector and the Do Good Institute, CTN’s staff and board leadership all agree that our volunteers are indeed PRICELESS. Special thanks go out to all of our volunteers and the volunteers of our funding and training partners. Their support helps ensure that we are able to fulfill our mission: to transform the lives of older and low-income adults through digital literacy.