The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the volunteer rate among Americans was approximately 27 percent in 2011. In that year, about 64.3 million people volunteered through an organization at least once. They didn’t measure those of us who help on a more personal, one-to-one level.
First, I must admit that I am not yet a vegan (pronounced “veegun”). I’m not even entirely vegetarian – yet. At 59, I’m moving toward a plant-based diet and away from consuming animal products for a number of reasons, the first of which is that my teenage daughter has fully embraced veganism.