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Idaho Volunteerism Efforts Ranks Third In The Nation

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By Paul Johnson

Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - More than one in three Idahoans volunteered their time to improve their communities and help those who need assistance making the state third in the nation in volunteerism. On the list, released today by the Idaho Department of Labor, Utah is number one in the nation and Louisiana is last.

The latest research by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the National Conference on Citizenship found that 36.5 percent of Idahoans – more than 425,000 – volunteered over 58 million hours of service in 2012. Only Utah and Minnesota had higher rates of volunteerism. The rate is based on a three-year moving average.

“Volunteers are raising funds; collecting, preparing, distributing and serving food; providing transportation; tutoring or teaching and offering general support to organizations,” Wendy Spencer, chief executive of the Corporation for National and Community Service, told Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter in advising him of the state’s achievement. “While organizations across the country struggle to provide more services with fewer resources, volunteers help fill the gap.”

While Idaho’s volunteer rate was unchanged from 2011, the state moved ahead of Iowa and South Dakota in the national rankings. Idaho’s rate was up nearly two and a half percentage points from 2010, when the state ranked 10th nationally.

In addition to the tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the state, there were more than 350 AmeriCorps members and 3,800 Senior Corps volunteers meeting local needs, strengthening communities and increasing civic engagement through national service, which is coordinated by Serve Idaho. The Corporation for National and Community Service is committing more than $6.7 million to support Idaho communities through national service this year.

Percent of Population Volunteering in 2012

1 Utah 43.8%
2 Minnesota 37.7%
3 Idaho 36.5%
4 Kansas 36.4%
5 Iowa 36.0%
5 Nebraska 36.0%
7 South Dakota 35.7%
8 Wisconsin 35.6%
9 Washington 34.5%
10 Vermont 34.4%
11 Oregon 34.1%
12 Alaska 33.2%
13 Colorado 32.8%
14 Maine 32.5%
15 Missouri 30.7%
16 North Dakota 30.4%
17 Connecticut 30.2%
18 Montana 29.9%
18 Wyoming 29.9%
20 DC 29.1%
21 Maryland 28.5%
21 Virginia 28.5%
23 New Hampshire 28.4%
24 Indiana 28.0%
25 Michigan 27.9%
26 Oklahoma 27.7%
27 Ohio 27.4%
27 Illinois 27.4%
29 New Mexico 26.7%
29 Pennsylvania 26.7%
31 Massachusetts 26.5%
32 Mississippi 26.0%
33 North Carolina 25.8%
34 South Carolina 25.5%
35 Alabama 25.1%
35 California 25.1%
37 Delaware 24.8%
37 Tennessee 24.8%
39 Rhode Island 24.5%
40 Georgia 24.3%
41 Arizona 24.2%
42 Texas 24.0%
43 Kentucky 23.7%
44 West Virginia 23.1%
45 Hawaii 23.0%
46 New Jersey 22.9%
47 Arkansas 21.8%
48 Florida 21.4%
49 Nevada 20.7%
50 New York 20.6%
51 Louisiana 20.4%
Source: Corporation for National and Community Service


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