Volunteering is generally considered an activity that provides community service and is intended to promote good or improve human quality of life. In return, this activity can produce a feeling of self-worth and respect and there is no financial gain involved. Volunteering is also renowned for skill development, socialization, and fun. There are different types of volunteering work to be distinguished, such as skill-based volunteering, environmental volunteering, volunteering in emergencies, school volunteering and also community voluntary work. During the 2010 Census some questions regarding voluntary work were incorporated in the questionnaire. In this paper the data obtained will be presented in relation to the characteristics of the volunteers and the respective organizations such as the age, sex, level of education and employment status of volunteers, the frequency with which volunteers do voluntary work and the type of organization they offer their services to. It should be noted that the questions regarding volunteering were solely adressed to the population 14 years and older.

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