Top Ten List: The Most Popular Causes at VolunteerMatch

As part of the special VolunteerMatch 2011 Annual Report Infographic, we took a look at the most popular causes at VolunteerMatch – meaning which causes have the most volunteer listings in the network.

Top Ten Causes at VolunteerMatch in 2011

Here’s a list of the top 10 causes on VolunteerMatch in 2011:

  1. Community
  2. Children & Youth
  3. Education & Literacy
  4. Health & Medicine
  5. Seniors
  6. Arts & Culture
  7. Advocacy & Human Rights
  8. Women
  9. Disabled
  10. Homeless & Housing

To be honest, this list doesn’t hold any huge surprises. These ARE very popular causes, and we’re glad that our nonprofit members that work on these issues are using VolunteerMatch services to connect with volunteers. The top three causes on the list alone account for more than one hundred thousand ways for people to give their time and make a difference.

Did you know, though, that there are actually 29 different cause areas to choose from on VolunteerMatch? From Crisis Support to Animals to Sports & Recreation, the list is actually far more diverse than what is represented above.

So why aren’t there more volunteer listings in these causes? What happened to Environment, for example, or Hunger? Where are all the LGBT listings, and the Faith-Based opportunities?

Over the course of the next year we’ll be making sure our network is as diverse as possible, so that when your community members come to VolunteerMatch, they will find ways to connect with the causes they care about.

What cause areas would you like to see on next year’s “Top Ten” list?

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10 thoughts on “Top Ten List: The Most Popular Causes at VolunteerMatch

  1. I am looking for something interesting. Maybe something on the computer. I am not computer tech savvy. But I can learn. I am retired.

  2. I AM CURRENTLY RESEARCHING WHICH CAUSE(S) I WOULD LIKE TO SUPPORT. I HAVE HAD A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH SOME OF THEM BUT NOT TOO MUCH EXPERIENCE ON HOW OTHERS VIEW MY RELATIONSHIP WITH OR VIEW THEIR OWN RELATIONSHIPS WITH THESE CAUSES. GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS YOU ON WHICHEVER LEVEL YOU MAY BE ON.

  3. I think the numbers reflect what people may not be finding in their own communities. I live in a military community, so there are quite a few programs that help military families, active AND retired, as well as our wounded warriors. We also have groups helping with the homeless, the hungry, and the battered. And being on the east coast, there are programs involving sea turtles and other aquatic life, along with environmental issues, and our local newspaper has a special feature every Sunday regarding pet adoption. It would be interesting to see the numbers based on demographics.

  4. I really liked the comments that people have given but I’m looking forward to engage in your organization do plz let me know the way.
    thanks
    with regards
    Bheshraj

    • Hi Vickie,

      Good question! In this case, we measured the number of particular volunteer listings that are tagged with these various causes. It would be interesting to see how things might be different if we were looking at organizations, instead!

  5. Very interesting that the homelessness, housing and poverty is the less supported. There’s still a lot of stigma when it comes to these top issues that are facing many lives…

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