There are many data sets available to the public that you can use to help answer your guiding questions or that you can use to help make meaning of your data.
The easiest way to find what data is publicly available is to search online using keywords like “open data set” and the topic of data you are looking for (e.g., “open data set volunteers in the United States”).
The U.S. Census Bureau conducts a national survey to obtain information about the number of individuals in the U.S. involved in unpaid volunteer activities and to measure the frequency with which individuals volunteer. The survey also identifies the types of organizations that facilitate volunteerism and the types of activities in which volunteers participate. The survey includes household members that are age 15 or older. It is a self-response survey that only takes proxy responses as a last resort.
You might be able to use this data to understand how individuals in your community compare to other respondents in different counties and states, as well as nationally. Access the data set.
Some data sets require you to download and analyze them yourself. For these kinds of sets, you may need a consultant to help you with the analysis.
Some data sets have built-in tools to help you pull relevant data.