Twitter Chat: Why is the U.S. Volunteer Rate Dropping?

Join VolunteerMatch for #VMatchChat on volunteer rates.Earlier this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics issued their annual report on volunteering in the United States. The report is packed with essential statistics and information on volunteerism. And it shows us that volunteer rates have been steadily declining in the U.S.

What the report did not tell us was why.

That’s why we’re taking to Twitter — to hear your thoughts on what some potential causes might be, and to share possible solutions. We want you to join the conversation, so don’t miss out!

Who Should Participate?

Individuals, nonprofits, and companies who have input to share and want to make a difference on the declining volunteer rate in the U.S.

How to Join

Prepare for the Twitter chat by reading the questions below in advance. These questions will be posed by the folks at VolunteerMatch, to be answered by many others (including you!).

Then, log onto Twitter on Tuesday, April 12 at 11:00 a.m. PST/ 2:00 p.m. EST, and follow along using the hashtag #VMatchChat. Answer our questions as indicated by Q1, Q2, Q3 with your responses, beginning with A1, A2, A3, etc. Remember to always include the hashtag #VMatchChat.

Feel free to talk to others in the chat, ask questions, be thoughtful, and most importantly — be social!


  • Q1: How do you currently attract volunteers to your org, or how do you find volunteer opportunities? #VMatchChat
  • Q2: How have volunteers helped your nonprofit or organization (or how have you volunteered) over the past year? #VMatchChat
  • Q3: What cause does your nonprofit represent, or what cause(s) have you volunteered for? #VMatchChat
  • Q4: Have you experienced a decline in volunteerism over the past year? #VMatchChat
  • Q5: Do you think there are discrepancies between certain causes losing more volunteers over others? #VMatchChat
  • Q6: What do you think declining volunteer rates in the U.S. could be attributed to? #VMatchChat
  • Q7: How can individuals, nonprofits, and/or corporations in the U.S. do their part to reverse this trend? #VMatchChat
  • Q8: What opportunities (e.g. technological advances) could the future bring to solve this problem? #VMatchChat

You’ll meet new people (virtually), learn a lot about volunteerism, and most importantly, have fun! Our aim is to leave you feeling refreshed and inspired, with some food for thought on what could be done to increase volunteerism in the future.