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Copyright 1982 The figure was computed on the basis of the number of volunteers, the number of hours worked, and the median hourly income for people of the same sex, age, and educational level. Of the 12 volunteer-service categories used in the survey, only health had a higher rate of participation than education.

The survey, carried out by the Gallup Organization, Inc., included a representative national sample of people 14 and older.

The survey also found that:

Education volunteers themselves tend to be highly educated (26 percent of the college graduates polled had volunteered in the schools) and tend to come from middle- and high-income households.

Advertising was not particularly effective in persuading people to volunteer. Most respondents said they be-came involved because someone asked them to or because a friend or family member was involved.

People holding full- or part-time jobs were more likely to volunteer in schools than were those not employed.

In all volunteer categories, some 84 million Americans--including nearly 8 million teen-agers--contributed an estimated 8.4 billion hours of service.

Copies of the full report are available at $15 each from Independent Sector, 1828 L St. NW., Washington, D.C. 20036.


Action for Children's Television (act) is accepting submissions for this year's "Achievement in Children's Television Awards."

To be considered for an award, programs must be directed at young people and must be broadcast as part of a series with at least six new parts aired between March 1, 1981, and Feb. 28, 1982.

"Specials," public-service announcements, and programs shorter than 15 minutes are not eligible.

Interested broadcasters should send a sample videocassette of their program, along with the entry fee of $75, to act, 46 Austin St., Newtonville, Mass., 02160. The deadline for entries is March 1.

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