Volunteering in America

Volunteer at your local pet shelter. The need is staggering and the rewards can change (and save) lives.


Volunteering and Civic Life In America

Volunteering and Civic Life in America, a report issued by the Corporation for National and Community Service in partnership with the National Conference on Citizenship, shows that Americans significantly increased their commitment to volunteering and civic engagement in 2011, with the national volunteer rate reaching a five-year high.

The report also finds that parents of school-aged children contributed more than 2.5 billion hours of their time to volunteer efforts in 2011, most of it to school-based projects, underscoring the pivotal role that schools play as hubs for local volunteer efforts.

Overall, 64.3 million Americans (more than one in four adults) volunteered through a formal organization last year, an increase of 1.5 million from 2010. The 7.9 billion hours these individuals volunteered is valued at $171 billion. Among citizens who volunteered through an organization, the top activities included fundraising or selling items to raise money (26.2%); collecting, preparing, distributing, or serving food (23.6%); engaging in general labor or transportation (20.3%); or tutoring or teaching (18.2%).

The data for this report was collected through two supplements to the Current Population Survey (CPS): the Volunteer Supplement and the Civic Engagement Supplement. The CPS is a monthly survey of about 60,000 households (approximately 100,000 adults), conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau on behalf of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The selected supplements collect data on the volunteering, voting, and civic activities of adults age 16 and older for volunteering and 18 and older for the civic supplement. Volunteers are considered individuals who performed unpaid volunteer activities through or for an organization at any point during the 12-month period (from September 1st of the prior year through the survey week in September of the survey year).

Volunteering and Civic Life in America provides an opportunity for policy makers, nonprofit and business leaders, and interested individuals to interact with their local data and access analysis on volunteering trends across the country. The site also hosts tools and effective practices designed to help local leaders target volunteer recruiting efforts more effectively, match local programs with available volunteer resources, fill service gaps, and do a better job of retaining their volunteers.

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Language And Travel Guide To Indonesia

Indonesia is a fascinating country and a rewarding destination for business and pleasure. The people are warm and friendly and they have rich cultural traditions and stunning arts and crafts. With more than 17,500 islands, there is something for everyone–from the spas and resorts on Bali to the ancient temples of Borobudur and Prambanan on Java.

Indonesia has some of the largest and most exotic islands in the world, including Bali, Borneo, Java, Komodo, New Guinea, and Sumatra—more than 17,500 islands in all. With more than 210 million people, Indonesia is the fourth most-populous country in the world. These islands only represent one percent of the world’s land area, but they are home to more than 10 percent of all mammal species—more known mammal species than any other country. As a result of a growing human population, Indonesia now has more endangered mammals than any other country, including the orangutan, Javan rhinoceros, Komodo dragon, Sumatran tiger, and the Sumatran elephant.

“Indonesia has some of the most amazing biodiversity in the world, but many ecosystems are under siege by the economic pressures of this rapidly growing nation,” Chandler said. “The country is doing its best to balance development and conservation, but it’s a challenge. If we can help this beautiful country expand its eco-tourism opportunities, it will help the locals support their families, while defending their ecosystems, which will benefit the country and the world.”

Language and Travel Guide to Indonesia

Language and Travel Guide to Indonesia.

Chandler penned his first Indonesian guidebook in 1994. He also has written eight other books about environmental success stories from around the world. The new Indonesian guidebook  has been updated, expanded and published to emphasize wildlife and marine destinations across numerous Indonesian islands.

If you are looking for adventure, you can go in search of wildlife, go scuba diving or surfing. Take a volcano trek. Your options are as diverse as this massive archipelago.

This photo tour of Indonesia will give you a quick introduction to Indonesia and its major islands. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj7_1qw1cyg


For more information, visit http://indonesiantravelbook.com/indonesia-travel-information/ Be sure to order your copy of the best language and travel guide available to make sure that you get the most from your vacation, adventure, or business trip. Author Gary R. Chandler offers excellent travel advice and simple language tips that will make a difference in your overall experience.

Chandler is the founder of Crossbow Communications, a firm that specializes in public affairs, public relations and issue management. The company is based in Denver and Phoenix. Chandler is donating all proceeds from this book to wildlife conservation causes in Indonesia. http://crossbowcommunications.com/advertising-and-public-relations-agency/

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