My observation in the last seven or eight years of teaching is that this young twenty generations was not brought up for volunteerism. If they don't get paid, they will not play. The next group up (those who were brought up before the Clinton/Bush years) seem to be able to understand it is not all about them. They are, in general, still at Church, they still organize community events, they come to games and school events unpaid. It is pretty pathetic to go to a school event and only have a handful of parents there (and even less teachers). Most parents simply drop their kids off and leave. Amazing!
It is a difficult thing to turn around.
Some say that it is because they are so used to both parents working- so they never saw THEIR parents.
Some say there is just a "need to be paid" to value them.
Most Catholic and good public high schools require a good amount of hours of volunteering to graduate. Eventually, many of those students see that their volunteerism will benefit society AND themselves. Some say that is forced volunteerism. Heck my first five or six times volunteering- my Dad went with me and so I learned to enjoy it.
Me thinks I am really glad that we have saved for my elderly stage. If there are no volunteers (and fewer children live anywhere near their parents - as my generation began), the money we have saved will keep us from being totally isolated.
Unless volunteering becomes the in thing to do- again!
Have you volunteered anywhere lately? How about your kids? Anything outside of your Church building?