Press release №2110
22.10.2018
VOLUNTEERING: HOW DO WE HELP EACH OTHER?

IN BRIEF

  • Over the recent year 22% of your Russians (18-24) have been volunteers
  • 36% have participated in Saturday cleanups

The most popular volunteer activities for Russians are to participate in Saturday cleanups, to raise money or gather items for people in need or to transfer money to public organizations. 

MOSCOW, October 22, 2018. Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) presents the data of a study devoted to Russian volunteering activities.

Over the recent year 36% have participated in Saturday cleanup day and community improvement activities. The most active participants live in rural area (42%).

A further 21% gathered funds and items for people in need; most of them come from Moscow and St Petersburg (25%). every fifth (19%) transferred money to public organizations; this share is 24% among residents of Moscow and St Petersburg. People aged 45-59 are more likely to do the above-mentioned activities than the other age groups (39%, 25%, 24%, respectively).

Eight percent of Russians have been volunteers; the share of volunteers among young Russians aged 18-24 is 22%.  At the same time, one-third of respondents (32%) have not participated in any public activity.    

The VCIOM-Sputnik survey was conducted on October 12, 2018. The survey involved 1,600 Russians aged 18 and over. The survey was telephone-based and was carried out using stratified dual-frame random sample based on a complete list of landline and mobile phone numbers operating in Russia. The data were weighted according to selection probability and social and demographic characteristics. The margin of error at a 95% confidence level does not exceed 2.5%. In addition to sampling error, minor changes in question wording and different circumstances arising during the fieldwork can introduce bias into the survey.

 

Have you personally participated in any kind of public activities over a year? If yes, what kind of activities? (closed-ended question, any number of answers, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents Aged  18-24 Aged  25-34 Aged  35-44 Aged  45-59 Aged  60 and more
Saturday cleanup, neighborhood improvement 36 34 38 36 39 34
Raising money, gathering items for people in  a difficult situation (terrorist attack, natural disaster, treatment) 21 17 20 23 25 18
I transferred money to public organizations when they needed   19 19 19 17 24 15
I worked as a volunteer (i.e.  provided free-of-charge support) 8 22 8 8 8 5
I worked at residents’ committees, cooperatives, territorial public self-government 7 0 4 6 10 9
Public hearings/discussions 6 5 5 7 4 6
Work of public organizations/NGOs 4 2 6 4 3 3
Actions, manifestations, riots 4 6 5 6 4 2
I participated in emergency relief operations (fires, floods, etc.)   4 4 5 4 4 2
None of the above-mentioned   32 35 31 29 27 37
Other   5 0 5 6 4 6
Don’t know 2 1 2 2 1

  

Have you personally participated in any kind of public activities over a year? If yes, what kind of activities? (closed-ended question, any number of answers, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents Moscow and St.Petersburg Million cities More than 500 ths 100–500 ths Less than 100 ths Rural area
Saturday cleanup, neighborhood improvement 36 26 38 32 35 38 42
Raising money, gathering items for people in  a difficult situation (terrorist attack, natural disaster, treatment) 21 25 18 19 20 20 22
I transferred money to public organizations when they needed  19 24 20 21 13 18 20
I worked as a volunteer (i.e.  provided free-of-charge support) 8 8 9 7 7 10 8
I worked at residents’ committees, cooperatives, territorial public self-government 7 11 9 10 6 5 5
Public hearings/discussions 6 5 5 6 3 5 9
Work of public organizations/ NGOs 4 9 4 3 3 3 4
Actions, manifestations, riots 4 8 6 3 4 5 3
I participated in emergency relief operations (fires, floods, etc.)  4 2 2 3 3 4 6
None of the above-mentioned  32 32 29 34 35 32 28
Other  5 4 7 4 6 4 5
Don’t know 2 1  0  0 1 2 3
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