Iowa ranks second in United States for volunteering
Governor Chet Culver announced that more Iowans are volunteering, giving Iowa the second-highest volunteer rate in the country. Iowa ranks second in the nation in volunteer rates with 38.7 percent of Iowans devoting time to help others in 2009. That surpasses last year’s rank of fifth, according to the recent “Volunteering in America” report released by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
The “Volunteering in America” report also found that Iowans are volunteering more of their time, averaging 47 hours annually, which is 11 hours more than in 2007.
Iowans devoted a total of 109 million hours to volunteering in 2009, an increase of 28 million hours compared to 2007’s total. The rise in volunteerism produces an increase of more than $560 million in services to Iowa.
The spirit of Iowa’s volunteerism is exemplified in individual cities as well. Iowa has more cities than any other state in the Top 20 of overall rankings.
Additional highlights from the report include:
• Iowa City has the second highest volunteer rate nationally for cities, with 50 percent of residents volunteering.
• Des Moines has the sixth highest volunteer rate nationally for cities, with 39.7 percent of residents volunteering.
• Iowa’s college volunteer ranking has increased from 32nd to second in the nation.
For more information, see the June 15 edition of the Mt. Pleasant News