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FYI: About 63.8 million people did volunteer work between September 2002 and 2003, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. It’s a six percent increase from the previous year. The share of all people over 16 years old who volunteered went up from 27.4 to 28.8 percent. Thirty-five to 44-year olds were the most likely to volunteer, while those in their early 20s were least likely. But, as usual, among all of those who did volunteer, seniors gave the most of their time: half of all those over 65 who gave time donated at least 88 hours, compared to 52 hours for all age groups. [12/18/03]

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