The organization IndependentSector.org released a document identifying the value of volunteers in America. The study indicates that the average value of a volunteer’s time was $20.85 per hour in 2009.
According to the report, that number was as high as $28.52 here in New York State in 2008.
The question is, how do we apply that dollar figure to the volunteer fire service in such a way that our stakeholders truly understand our value?
Certainly, on a national basis, if we were to multiply that number times the quantity of volunteer firefighters across the country and the average number of hours they spend volunteering — the number would be staggering.
Or would it? (more…)