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Volunteerism on the Rise on Delmarva

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Kathy Croley of Delmar, Del. is searching online for jobs and volunteer opportunities. (Photo: WBOC) Kathy Croley of Delmar, Del. is searching online for jobs and volunteer opportunities. (Photo: WBOC)

DELMAR, Del.- Volunteerism is on the rise, both nationally and on Delmarva.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the percentage of American adults who volunteer rose slightly in 2009. Individual charities also have reported seeing more volunteers who are unemployed, like Kathy Croley of Delmar, Del.

"It's more important to help people instead of sitting around at home, worrying about what's coming next," said Croley, who has been looking for a job for more than a year.

Women are driving the increase in volunteerism, whose rate jumped from 29.4 percent to 30.1 percent last year. The ShoreCAN Volunteer Center, which serves Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties in Maryland, said that is true on Delmarva as well.

"Most of the volunteers we've seen are women," said ShoreCAN Volunteer Center Coordinator Jon Fitzsimmons. "Right now with the economy so bad, (non-profit organizations) aren't having a hard time finding volunteers."

Croley and Fitzsimmons agreed that volunteering is also something extra to add to a resume. 

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