NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The vast majority of Americans are willing to volunteer to help others, according to the most recent Hankook Tire Gauge Index.
Released Sept. 25, the Hankook Tire Gauge Index examines trends related to community service and social responsibility.
According to the index, 93 percent of people will drive up to 50 miles to volunteer their time. Twenty-eight percent are willing to spend their volunteer time behind the wheel, driving others to the places they need to go, Hankook said.
There is a difference between generations in the charities they choose to support, according to the index. Thirty-five percent of millennials (age 19-34) are more inclined to support charities that have a global impact, whereas 38 percent of Gen X members (age 35-54) prefer charities that support their local communities, it said.
Thirty-six percent of people will support a charity they have a personal connection to, the index said. Most Americans—73 percent—have a relative who served or is serving in the military, and 13 percent of Americans overall support veterans' causes, it said.
Hankook is in its fourth year of helping the veteran community through its partnership with Disabled American Veterans, the tire maker said. It has also launched its 2018 Hankook Heroes recognition program, encouraging Americans to share their stories about why veterans are heroes to them.
Hankook is accepting submissions to the Hankook Heroes program at hankookheroes.com. All submissions will be entered for a chance to win a set of Hankook tires, and the company will donate a second set to a local DAV chapter member who is instrumental in helping his or her veteran community, Hankook said.