What Affects Hispanic Volunteering in the United States

Comparing the Current Population Survey, Panel Study of Income Dynamics, and the AIM Giving and Volunteering Survey

Lili Wang, Carlton F. Yoshioka, Robert Ashcraft

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Abstract

This study examines Hispanic formal volunteering and the cultural, social, and community context factors that affect their decision to volunteer. Using data from three surveys in the United States, the study finds that religious attendance, cultural background, and education are the most consistent and significant predictors of Hispanic formal volunteering. Religious attendance has a stronger positive impact on Hispanic volunteering than on non-Hispanics. The impacts of income, social resources, and community characteristics on Hispanics' volunteering vary by surveys. Secular organizations serving children and youth and religious organizations are the favorite organizations for Hispanic volunteers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-148
Number of pages24
JournalVoluntas
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

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Keywords

  • Community context
  • Hispanic
  • Religion
  • Survey methodology
  • Volunteering

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  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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