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News Releases | August 2nd, 2011

According to study 51 percent of Louisianians volunteer


Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne is announcing the results of a study showing one in two Louisiana adults volunteer in their communities. The study, commissioned by Volunteer Louisiana and conducted by LSU's Public Policy Research Lab, reveals that in the past year, 51 percent of Louisianians 18 or older volunteered, and more than 85 percent indicated they would continue to volunteer during the next year.

The study was conducted in April 2011 and called on 720 respondents from 216 cities and all 64 parishes.

"These findings suggest the lasting benefit of encouraging people to volunteer. Once people begin volunteering, they will continue this behavior," Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne said. "We are gratified to know that so many citizens are volunteering their time."

Lt. Governor Dardenne and Volunteer Louisiana hope to drive volunteer numbers even higher next year using the "All We Need is U" campaign, a statewide call for volunteers. The campaign is designed to rekindle the spirit of service, citizenship and volunteerism among all Louisiana citizens.

"Louisiana has a proud history of neighbors helping neighbors," Lt. Governor Dardenne said. "This campaign features Louisiana volunteers of all ages and all walks of life. Our hope is that you will see yourself in the faces of these Louisianians and join the call to volunteer."

As part of the campaign, Volunteer Louisiana is kicking-off "Show Us Your U," a statewide photo contest. The "Show Us Your U" photo campaign asks volunteers to upload photos to Volunteer Louisiana's Facebook page showing their volunteer efforts or service project in action.

The report also found:

  • Volunteering rates vary demographically:
    -58 percent Latino
    -54 percent White/Caucasian
    -42 percent Black/African American/Native American
  • Men and women volunteer in equal numbers
  • The highest rate was among 35 to 44 year olds at 6 percent, followed closely at 53 percent by ages 45-54
  • People volunteer for religious organizations more than any type of organization

The campaign drives potential volunteers to www.VolunteerLouisiana.gov which matches volunteers to opportunities in communities throughout the state.

"National research shows that 62 percent of people volunteer simply because someone asked them. We believe these photos will inspire their friends, family and communities to get involved in solving local needs," Lt. Governor Dardenne said.

All participants in the photo campaign will receive an "All We Need is U" window sticker. Winners of "Show Us Your U" will be selected weekly and receive an "All We Need is U" t-shirt and be featured on the Volunteer Louisiana microsite and Volunteer Louisiana Facebook page.

To learn more about the campaign, visit http://www.VolunteerLouisiana.gov and become a fan of Volunteer Louisiana on Facebook.

Volunteer Louisiana was legislatively created in 1993 in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. The mission of Volunteer Louisiana is to build and sustain high quality programs that meet the needs of Louisiana's citizens and promote an ethic of service. Volunteer Louisiana encourages citizen participation through volunteering and national service.