Portraits of American Life Study
Hosted by The ARDA
The PALS seeks to understand the impact of religion in everyday life, and ultimately the connections between religious change and other forms of change among diverse individuals and families over the course of their lives.
Results & Summaries

Volunteering and Informal Helping

  All frequencies weighted by LOWEIGHT


In the past 12 months, have you done any volunteer work - that is, work for a nonprofit, charitable organization, school or group for which you did not receive pay? (VO_1W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
1) Yes55141.9
2) No76358.1
TOTAL1314100.0
In the past 12 months, have you done any volunteer work - that is, work for a nonprofit, charitable organization, school or group for which you did not receive pay? (VO_1) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Yes48037
2) No81963
Missing16 
TOTAL1299100.0
In a typical month do your volunteering activities take up more than one hour of your time? (VO_2W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
1) Yes32258.4
2) No22941.6
Missing763 
TOTAL551100.0
In a typical month do your volunteering activities take up more than one hour of your time? (VO_2) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Yes31265
2) No16835
Missing834 
TOTAL480100.0
About what percent of your volunteering in the past 12 months was for a religious organization or group? (VO_3W1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-4) Dont know1.2
1) 0%36065.6
2) 1-10%7814.2
3) 11-20%162.9
4) 21-30%234.2
5) 31-40%5.9
6) 41-50%91.6
7) 51-60%101.8
8) 61-70%3.5
9) 71-80%5.9
10) 81-90%3.5
11) 91-100%366.6
Missing763 
TOTAL549100.0
About what percent of your volunteering in the past 12 months was for a religious organization or group? (VO_3) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Zero25353.3
2) One-10 percent5712
3) 11-20 percent122.5
4) 21-30 percent234.8
5) 31-40 percent112.3
6) 41-50 percent173.6
7) 51-60 percent91.9
8) 61-70 percent91.9
9) 71-80 percent142.9
10) 81-90 percent194
11) 91-100 percent5110.7
Missing838 
TOTAL475100.0
[IF VO_2=2 OR DK/RF, SKIP TO VO_3; ELSE ASK VO_2A.] About how many hours in a typical week do your volunteering activities take up? (VO_2AW1) -- Wave 1 (2006) [See Wave 2 version below]
TOTAL%
-4) Dont know2.6
0) Zero92.8
1) One5316.5
2) Two8426.1
3) Three3811.8
4) Four4112.7
5) Five278.4
10) Six-104213
15) 11-15103.1
20) 16-2061.9
30) 21-3072.2
40) More than 403.9
Missing992 
TOTAL322100.0
About how many hours in a typical week do your volunteering activities take up? (VO_2A) -- Wave 2 (2012)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL13144.616.16
In the past 12 months, which have helped you directly by giving their time? Congregation members (RECCOW1) -- Wave 1 (2006)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused1.1
-4) Dont know4.3
0) No106981.3
1) Yes24118.3
TOTAL1315100.0
In the past 12 months, which have helped you directly by giving their time? Close family (such as parents, children, and adult siblings) (RECFAW1) -- Wave 1 (2006)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused1.1
-4) Dont know00
0) No26720.3
1) Yes104679.6
TOTAL1314100.0
In the past 12 months, which have helped you directly by giving their time? Other family and friends (RECFRW1) -- Wave 1 (2006)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused1.1
-4) Dont know00
0) No54741.6
1) Yes76758.3
TOTAL1315100.0
In the past 12 months, which have helped you directly by giving their time? Neighbors (RECNGW1) -- Wave 1 (2006)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused1.1
-4) Dont know00
0) No102077.6
1) Yes29322.3
TOTAL1314100.0
In the past 12 months, which have helped you directly by giving their time? None (RECNOW1) -- Wave 1 (2006)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused1.1
-4) Dont know00
0) No122793.4
1) Yes866.5
TOTAL1314100.0
Number of types listed respondent has been helped by in past 12 months (RECNUW1) -- Wave 1 (2006)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused1.1
-4) Dont know00
0) 0866.5
1) 151939.5
2) 240731
3) 317713.5
4) 4876.6
5) 5382.9
TOTAL1315100.0
In the past 12 months, which have helped you directly by giving their time? Strangers (RECSTW1) -- Wave 1 (2006)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused1.1
-4) Dont know00
0) No122393.1
1) Yes906.8
TOTAL1314100.0
In the past 12 months, which people, if any, have you been able to trust? Federal government (VO_7Z1F) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Completely trust473.7
2) Somewhat trust46736.6
3) Somewhat do not trust41632.6
4) Completely do not trust34527.1
Missing39 
TOTAL1275100.0
In the past 12 months, which people, if any, have you been able to trust? Scientists (VO_7Z1G) -- Wave 2 (2012)
TOTAL%
1) Completely trust947.4
2) Somewhat trust79662.9
3) Somewhat do not trust26220.7
4) Completely do not trust1138.9
Missing48 
TOTAL1265100.0


Instructions
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