Mini Poll: City of Volunteers


Which of the following is the way you are most comfortable helping out in your community?


Giving money to a cause:
 34%
Volunteering time for a cause:
 44%
Encouraging my friends or family to help out a cause with money, time, or prayer:
 6%
Working at a worthwhile job in the community despite the relatively low pay:
 11%
Prayer:
 1%
Something else:
 5%

 


Do you or your partner volunteer regularly in the community?


Yes, we both do:
 38%
My partner does, but I do not:
 6%
I do:
 36%
Neither of us does:
 19%

 


How often did you yourself do volunteer work locally in the past year?


Frequently:
 48%
Occasionally:
 30%
Seldom:
 13%
Never:
 10%

 


Which of the following factors would be most important to you in having a positive experience as a volunteer?


I care about the cause:
 53%
People notice my work:
 2%
The cause is convenient or nearby:
 2%
The time fits my schedule:
 8%
The cause uses my skills or experience:
 9%
The cause lets me develop new skills, gain experience:
 2%
My friends will be doing it, too:
 2%
I can make a difference:
 24%

 


Have you ever taken a vacation on which you also did charitable work?


Yes:
 20%
No:
 80%

 


Does your employer give you paid time off to do volunteer work in the community?


Yes:
 19%
No:
 81%

 


Which of the following celebrities is most likely to inspire you to contribute money to a charity or cause?


Bono:
 15%
Ellen DeGeneres:
 20%
Jerry Lewis:
 3%
Brad Pitt:
 5%
Marlo Thomas:
 8%
Sean Penn:
 2%
Angelina Jolie:
 3%
Brigitte Bardot:
 3%
Betty White:
 8%
Tony LaRussa:
 14%
Wyclef Jean:
 3%
George Clooney:
 17%

 


Which of the following reasons do you think is the most important one why other people volunteer their time?


They can help others:
 29%
Their job or school requires it:
 4%
They get to use their skills:
 1%
They can contribute to a cause they care about:
 38%
They want to be involved in their neighborhood or community:
 29%

 


Which of the following reasons do you think is the most important one why other people don't volunteer more of their time to community charities?


They prefer top give in other ways:
 10%
They don't know where to begin:
 15%
They have had bad experiences in the past:
 3%
Their health won't let them:
 2%
They don't think they have time:
 46%
They just haven't found the right opportunity:
 11%
They are just selfish asshats:
 13%

 


Do the reasons you just attributed to other people also pretty much apply to you, too?


Yes:
 46%
No:
 54%

 


To which of the following causes are you most likely to give time or money?


Animals:
 14%
Children or teens:
 16%
People with diseases/research:
 9%
Food/Nutrition:
 4%
Seniors:
 2%
Arts:
 5%
Historic restoration:
 4%
Religion:
 8%
People in other countries:
 0%
Social issues:
 16%
Political candidates:
 8%
Environment:
 5%
Poverty:
 8%

 


Do you think that buying Girl Scout cookies is charitable donation?


Yes:
 51%
No:
 49%

 


Do you list your volunteering services on your resume or on job applications?


Yes, always:
 29%
Yes, sometimes:
 30%
No:
 41%

 


Should a certain number of hours of volunteer community service be a condition for graduation from a high school or college?


Yes, for both:
 61%
Yes, for high school:
 19%
Yes, for college:
 1%
No:
 19%

 


What dollar amount is closest to what you would value an hour of your time doing community service?


Minimum wage:
 13%
Ten dollars an hour:
 18%
Twenty dollars an hour:
 34%
Fifty dollars an hour:
 20%
One hundred dollars an hour:
 11%
Five hundred dollars an hour:
 4%

 


Have you contributed money to a charitable organization in the past year?


Yes, directly to an organization:
 91%
No, but I have given through my church and/or employer:
 4%
No, but I have given directly to a person in need:
 2%
No:
 4%

 


Have you attended a fundraising event for a charitable organization in the past year?


Yes:
 80%
No:
 20%

 


Did you give more money in 2010 to charitable organizations or to political candidates/campaigns?


Charity:
 83%
Candidates/campaigns:
 11%
I gave to neither:
 7%

 


Do you follow @STLVolunteen on Twitter?


Yes:
 6%
No, but I will:
 13%
No:
 81%

 


Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.