Millennial Views on Community Engagement

COM16MM_Charity_1200X900B-01Express Employment Professionals recently teamed up with the School of Media and Strategic Communications at Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Stillwater, OK, to conduct research about Millennials and their attitudes toward the American Dream. Also known as “Gen Y,” Millennials were born between 1979 and 1995 and make up 30% of the population. As they enter the workforce and establish career paths, it’s important to understand the motives and desires behind this robust generation.

Express and OSU students surveyed Millennials, the majority of whom are working full or part time, to examine this generation’s commitment to their communities.

Community Involvement
The importance of community involvement is evident across all generations. When asked if community involvement is important, 96% of Millennials responded that it is important and 97% of Non-Millennials agreed. While zero Non-Millennials answered “no” to whether or not community involvement is important, 2% of Millennials said it’s not.

Charitable Giving
According to the survey, 85% of Millennials are likely to donate to a charity or nonprofit in the next 12 months, and 85% believe their donations are helpful.

As technology has increased, the ways in which people can give to charitable organizations have also increased. When asked to rank in order of frequency the ways in which they give to charity or nonprofit organizations, Millennials responded:

  • In person
  • Online
  • Mail
  • Text
  • Email
  • Phone

Items Donated
According to the survey results, Millennials may be more willing to give their time rather than their money because time is something they have more of. In fact, one survey participant said, “You can gain and give a lot more when you actually put time into something. I don’t have a lot of money, but I have a lot of time.”

How You Can Give Back
On Saturday, June 11, Express Employment Professionals offices across North America will gather together for Brand It Blue Day. The event is a day of service aimed at helping in the fight against hunger, and you can be a part of it! Whether you’re a job seeker who just graduated or someone who has been out of the workforce for an extended period of time, volunteering adds valuable experience to your resume. Not only does volunteering help set you apart from the competition, it can also provide a sense of fulfillment as you give back to your community. Visit ExpressPros.com to learn more about this event and find out how you can participate.

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