Increased Interest in Volunteering Since the November Election

An article in Friday’s New York Times discusses the marked increase in volunteering, both nationally and in New York City, following the November election. A volunteer agency, New York Cares, reported a 137 percent increase in would-be volunteers the week after the election, compared with the same week in November 2015.

Nationally, the website VolunteerMatch reported an increase in activity from June 2016 to June 2017 of 7%, but of 199% in the “politics” category. Other categories with additional activity include crisis support advocacy, hunger, immigration, and veterans’ affairs. Sadly, in the “politics” category in Connecticut, there are listings for only two organizations with volunteer opportunities, and both are national rather than local.

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