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Volunteering through Church, Frequency of

Measures how frequently a respondent volunteers for activities or service through their religious group


Below are 50 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. The ARDA staff further categorized these questions into 5 types:

CommonalityHoursHow OftenPercent ReligiousYes/No

CommonalityThis question type asks the respondent to estimate how many congregants volunteer through the congregation

  • VOLS from Faith Communities Today (FACT) 2000, Combined FileLEARN MORE
    • Of the total number of regularly participating adults, what percent would you estimate are: Currently holding volunteer leadership roles in your congregation, like serving on administrative committees, teaching [Sunday school], running outreach programs, etc. (VOLS) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PRGV2_98 from National Congregations Study, Panel Dataset (1998 and 2006-2007)LEARN MORE
    • (prgvol2_98) Of the regularly participating adults in your congregation, how many of them would you say did volunteer work at least once for one or more of these programs within the past 12 months? (PRGV2_98) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PRGV2_06 from National Congregations Study, Panel Dataset (1998 and 2006-2007)LEARN MORE
    • (prgvol2_06) Of the regularly participating adults in your congregation, how many of them would you say did volunteer work at least once for one or more of these programs within the past twelve months? (PRGV2_06) EXPAND/COLLAPSE

HoursHow many hours do respondents report volunteering through their congregation?

  • FVOLYTH from Young Adolescents and Their Parents: A National Study, 1984 - Father ComponentLEARN MORE
    • About how many hours per month do you do volunteer work with youth in community or church youth programs (such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, coaching a baseball team, directing a youth choir, etc.)? (FVOLYTH) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • FVOLUNTE from Young Adolescents and Their Parents: A National Study, 1984 - Father ComponentLEARN MORE
    • About how many hours per month do you do volunteer work through some organization (such as charity, church, social service agency, or club) to help the poor, sick, elderly, or handicapped? (FVOLUNTE) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • MVOLYTH from Young Adolescents and Their Parents: A National Study, 1984 - Mother ComponentLEARN MORE
    • About how many hours per month do you do volunteer work with youth in community or church youth programs (such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, coaching a baseball team, directing a youth choir, etc.)? (MVOLYTH) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • MVOLUNTE from Young Adolescents and Their Parents: A National Study, 1984 - Mother ComponentLEARN MORE
    • About how many hours per month do you do volunteer work through some organization (such as charity, church, social service agency, or club) to help the poor, sick, elderly, or handicapped? (MVOLUNTE) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • HRS_VOL from Arts and Religion Survey, 1999LEARN MORE
    • Approximately how many hours do you spend volunteering each week? (HRS_VOL) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • Q48A from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005LEARN MORE
    • Q48 On average, about how many hours per month do you volunteer..a. for the community, through your church (Q48A) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • Q48C from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005LEARN MORE
    • Q48 On average, about how many hours per month do you volunteer..c. for your church (Q48C) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • HRSRELIG from General Social Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • Id like your best estimate of the total number of hours you spent in the past month on each of the areas in which you have been a volunteer. How many hours did you spend in the past month working for: C. Religious organizations (HRSRELIG) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • VOLCOMM1 from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)LEARN MORE
    • Q82a. About how many hours per month do you volunteer for the community, through your place of worship? (VOLCOMM1) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • VOLWRSHP from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)LEARN MORE
    • Q82c. About how many hours per month do you volunteer for your place of worship? (VOLWRSHP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE

How OftenHow many times has the respondent volunteered through his/her congregation?

  • VOLWKREL from General Social Survey, 1998LEARN MORE
    • Has respondent volunteered in the last 12 months: Religious and church related activities (helping churches and religious groups) (VOLWKREL) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • MONREL from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2001LEARN MORE
    • ASKED ONLY OF RESPONDENTS WHO VOLUNTEERED FOR ANY CHURCH OR RELIGIOUS GROUP IN THE LAST YEAR (VOLREL). In the past month, on about how many days, if any, have you volunteered for a church or religious group? (MONREL) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • FREQV0L from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2001LEARN MORE
    • ASKED ONLY OF RESPONDENTS WHO INDICATED THEY ATTEND CHURCH ONCE OR TWICE A MONTH OR MORE (ANSWERED 1-3 FOR FREQATND). Please indicate how often, if ever, you do each of the following activities. How often do you do community volunteer work through your place of worship: frequently, sometimes, hardly ever or never? (FREQV0L) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELALT5 from Americas EvangelicalsLEARN MORE
    • (ASK IF NOT Protestants, Roman Catholics, Mormons, Orthodox Church, and Other Christians IN RELIG1A) Now I want to ask you about some of the activities you are involved in. For each one, please tell me whether you have done the activity within the last two years 1-2 times, 3-5 times, more than 5 times, or not at all? (RANDOMIZE LIST) Volunteered for a church program that services the local community (RELALT5) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELALT11 from Americas EvangelicalsLEARN MORE
    • (ASK IF NOT Protestants, Roman Catholics, Mormons, Orthodox Church, and Other Christians IN RELIG1A) Now I want to ask you about some of the activities you are involved in. For each one, please tell me whether you have done the activity within the last two years 1-2 times, 3-5 times, more than 5 times, or not at all? (RANDOMIZE LIST) Go on a religious mission to another country (RELALT11) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELALT25 from Americas EvangelicalsLEARN MORE
    • (ASK IF Protestants, Roman Catholics, Mormons, Orthodox Church, and Other Christians IN RELIG1A) Now I want to ask you about some of the activities you are involved in. For each one, please tell me whether you have done the activity within the last two years 1-2 times, 3-5 times, more than 5 times, or not at all? Volunteered for a church program that services the local community (RELALT25) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELA2_11 from Americas EvangelicalsLEARN MORE
    • (ASK IF Protestants, Roman Catholics, Mormons, Orthodox Church, and Other Christians IN RELIG1A) Now I want to ask you about some of the activities you are involved in. For each one, please tell me whether you have done the activity within the last two years 1-2 times, 3-5 times, more than 5 times, or not at all? Go on a religious mission to another country (RELA2_11) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • ACTVOL1 from Religious Influence and Identity Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • Now I want to ask you about some of the activities you are involved in. For each one, please tell me whether you have done the activity within the last two years a lot, some, or none?: Volunteered for a church/synagogue program that serves the local community? (ACTVOL1) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • MISSION from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 2 (2005)LEARN MORE
    • (mission_w2) Q:7. In the last two years, how many times, if any, have you gone on a religious missions team or religious service project? [PROBE: Just give me your best guess.] [RECORD NUMBER, RANGE = 0-20, RANGE 20=20 OR MORE] (MISSION) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • MISSION from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 3 (2007-2008)LEARN MORE
    • (mission_w3) Q:7. In the last two years, how many times, if any, have you gone on a religious missions team or religious service project? [PROBE: Just give me your best guess.] [RECORD NUMBER, RANGE=0-20, RANGE 20=20 OR MORE] (MISSION) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • Q14D from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005LEARN MORE
    • Q14 How often did you participate in the following religious activities last month - d. Community or missionary outreach programs (Q14D) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • MISSION from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 1 (2003)LEARN MORE
    • Y234. How many times, if any, have you ever gone on a religious missions team or religious service project? [PROBE: Just give me your best guess.][RECORD NUMBER, RANGE= 0-20, 98=DK, 99=REFUSED, RANGE 20=20 OR MORE] (MISSION) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • Q28B from U.S. Religious Landscape Survey - Continental DatasetLEARN MORE
    • IF WORSHIP MORE THAN SELDOM (Q.20=1-4), ASK: And still thinking about the church or house of worship where you attend religious services most often, please tell me how often, if ever, you do each of the following. How often do you do community volunteer work through your place of worship? Would you say at least once a week, once or twice a month, several times a year, seldom or never? (Q28B) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • Q28B from U.S. Religious Landscape Survey - Alaska and Hawaii DatasetLEARN MORE
    • IF WORSHIP MORE THAN SELDOM (Q.20=1-4), ASK: And still thinking about the church or house of worship where you attend religious services most often, please tell me how often, if ever, you do each of the following. How often do you do community volunteer work through your place of worship? Would you say at least once a week, once or twice a month, several times a year, seldom or never? (Q28B) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELCON5 from Religion and Americas Role in the WorldLEARN MORE
    • How often have you done each of the following activities in the last 12 months- every day, once or twice a week, once or twice a month, once or twice a year, or never: Volunteer for an organization or program connected with your place of worship (RELCON5) EXPAND/COLLAPSE

Percent ReligiousHow much of respondents' volunteer work is performed through a religious organization?

  • VOLREL from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 2 (2005)LEARN MORE
    • (volrel_w2) [IF HAS VOLUNTEERED A FEW TIMES, OCCASIONALLY, OR REGULARLY] [IF H:11=2,3 OR 4] H:14. How much, if any, of this volunteer work or community service was organized by a religious organization or congregation? Was it . . . (VOLREL) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • VOLREL from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 3 (2007-2008)LEARN MORE
    • (volrel_w3) [IF HAS VOLUNTEERED] H:14. How much, if any, of this volunteer work or community service work was organized by a religious organization or congregation? Was it . . . (VOLREL) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PVOLREL from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 1 (2003)LEARN MORE
    • P12A. [If parent respondent or spouse/partner has done volunteer work or community service with a group or organization] [IF P11=1] About how much of that volunteer work or community service was done through a religious organization. Would you say… (PVOLREL) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • VOLREL from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 1 (2003)LEARN MORE
    • Y117. [If teen has done volunteer work or community service a few times, occasionally, or regularly in the last year][IF Y114=2,3,4] How much, if any, of this volunteer work or community service was organized by a religious organization or congregation?[READ LIST] (VOLREL) EXPAND/COLLAPSE

Yes/NoThis question type asks respondents report whether or not they volunteer through their congregation.

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