Fun Facts


•  Volunteers are happier, healthier and sleep better than those who don’t volunteer – doctors should recommend it.
•  96% of volunteers say that it “makes people happier”.
•  95% of volunteers say that volunteering is related to feelings of wellbeing.
•  Volunteering results in a “helper’s high”, a powerful physical and emotional feeling experienced when directly helping others.
•  Just a few hours of volunteer work makes a difference in happiness and mood.
•  Sustained volunteering is associated with better mental health.
•  Altruistic emotions and behaviours are associated with greater well-being, health, and longevity.
•  A strong correlation exists between the well-being, happiness, health, and longevity of people who are emotionally kind and compassionate in their charitable helping activities.
•  The experience of helping others provides meaning, a sense of self-worth, a social role and health enhancement.
•  Volunteering is highly associated with greater health and happiness.
•  Volunteers contribute $200 billion to the Australian economy annually.
•  The number of volunteers in Australia has doubled from 1995 (3.2 million) to 2010 (6.1 million).
•  The rate of volunteering by young people in Australia increased from 16% in 1995 to 27.1% in 2010.
•  Of the 600,000 not for profit organisations in Australia only 60,000 have paid staff.