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Israel a world leader in volunteering, ahead of the US, Switzerland, study finds

The ultra-Orthodox sector, in particular, reports the highest volunteering rate, with as many as 60% engaging in such activity on a regular basis.

Rabbi Menachem Traxler, director of volunteering for Colel Chabad, with members of the Israel Defense Forces organizing gifts for children, including Ukrainian refugees. Credit: Pantry Packers.
Rabbi Menachem Traxler, director of volunteering for Colel Chabad, with members of the Israel Defense Forces organizing gifts for children, including Ukrainian refugees. Credit: Pantry Packers.

Israeli President Isaac Herzog was presented on Monday with the results of the annual survey on volunteerism in Israel, which showed that almost half of the population (42.5%) engage in such activities to various degrees.

The study, which included 503 participants, found that Israel is one of the leading countries in volunteering, along with Canada (79%), Britain (63%), Australia (57%), New Zealand (51%) and ahead of Switzerland (39.9%), the Netherlands (39%) and the United States (25%).

It further showed a balance between male volunteers (42.6%) and female ones (42.2%). In terms of age groups, 34% aged 18-34 said they volunteered on a regular basis, as well as 47.9% aged 35-54 and 42% aged 55 and older.

In addition, Israelis with tertiary education and those with higher-than-average incomes reported higher rates of volunteering. Sector-wise, the highest rate of volunteering was reported among the ultra-Orthodox (60%).

Most respondents said they preferred to volunteer in areas of welfare and assisting disadvantaged populations, followed by education, health, environment, religion and social change.

Upon receiving the survey, Herzog said, “Today, perhaps more than ever, it is up to us to boost social involvement and choose to see what unites us and brings us closer, not what divides and separates us.”

The poll was conducted by the National Council for Volunteering and the Hebrew University’s Center for the Study of Civil Society and Philanthropy with the help of the Welfare and Social Affairs Ministry.

Originally published by Israel Hayom.

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