More Americans than ever are volunteering.
A study by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) found the number of volunteers grew in 2018 to 77.3 million people, 30.3 percent of the population. This is up from 62.6 million (24.9 percent) in 2016. Americans volunteered nearly 6.9 billion hours, worth an estimated $167 billion in economic value. The top state for volunteers is Utah, with over half of the population (51 percent) volunteering. The state with the least volunteers is Florida, at 22.8 percent.
“The fabric of our nation is strengthened by the service of its volunteers. When we stand side-by-side to help others, our differences fade away and we learn that Americans have more in common than we realize,” said Barbara Stewart, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Each and every day, ordinary Americans are stepping up to support their fellow citizens to help with needs both great and small because they understand the power service has to change communities and lives for the better.”
How does your state rank? What about major cities? See the lists below to find out.