Some service agencies say they don't have the money to support everyone who wants a position as a long-term volunteer. A recent survey says nearly two-thirds of liberal arts graduates are interested in careers in public and community service.
Service directors say college graduates are more willing to serve because of a tight job market and an urge to give back after the September eleventh terrorist attacks, but as a result, demand for service positions among recent graduates can be just as competitive as the job hunt.
Last year, 35 nonprofits competed for $46 million in federal grants. This year, 60 organizations competed for $31 million in grants.