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Oregonians "Give Back" in Record Numbers

November 2, 2009

PORTLAND, Ore. - The unemployment rate in Oregon may be high, but so is the rate of volunteerism. In the last year, about one million Oregonians contributed more than 120 million hours of their time for charitable and community service projects. In this economy, you might assume people would pass up working for free, to look for paying jobs, but Bandana Shreftha, director of community engagement for AARP Oregon, says that hasn't been the case.

"You know, it's an interesting phenomenon. I think that, because times are so hard, people realize that their neighbors need help. There seems to be a greater desire to give back and to help each other."

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, Oregon has climbed in the rankings by state for its number of volunteers, from 16th to 13th. One-third of Oregonians do some form of volunteer work; that's more than the national rate of 26 percent.

Shreftha says job seekers have discovered that volunteering is an excellent way to network as well as to stay busy, and most volunteer opportunities don't require a lot of special skills.

"You don't need a great deal of training and, most of the time, the organizations will provide you with the training and support you need. That's the great thing about volunteering -- you can choose to use skills that you may already have, or you may learn something -- and organizations are there to help you and support you."

AARP has a new Web site,, where people can post or find volunteer opportunities by ZIP code. Shreftha says they're now recruiting volunteers for the "Tax-Aid" program, to help low-income and older adults file their income taxes in the spring.

Chris Thomas, Public News Service - OR