Young generation no slouches at volunteering
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today's young Americans are more serious about giving back than their parents were, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.
Those under age 30 now are 10 percentage points more likely than young people 30 years ago to say citizens have a "very important obligation" to volunteer, even as young people's commitment to other civic duties such as voting, serving on a jury or staying informed has dropped sharply.
Twenty percent of adults under 30 volunteered in 2013, up from 14 percent in 1989, according to census data analyzed by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
It seems likely that the Millennials' volunteering rate will climb higher, because past generations have peaked in their 30s and 40s, when many parents give their time to schools, youth groups or community improvement.