To Our Readers

THERE'S GOOD NEWS to report. Charitableness is alive and well and on the rise. A survey from last year shows that 56 percent of adults in the US volunteered a total of 19.9 billion hours of their time in 1998. That's up from a decade ago. Assign an average hourly wage to that number and you have a value of nearly $226 billion worth of time spent volunteering.

People are giving voice to their charitableness through a broad range of venues: halfway houses, day-care centers, neighborhood parks, Meals on Wheels, prisons, shelters for battered women and children, retirement centers, as well as libraries, hospitals, and youth organizations.

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