This week, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) released the 2018 Volunteering in America report to highlight the impact volunteers are making on the nation. And we are happy to report, that impact is growing.
The report, which is compiled by the CNCS Research and Evaluation team using data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, found that 77.34 million adults (30.3 percent) volunteered through an organization last year. Altogether, Americans volunteered nearly 6.9 billion hours, worth an estimated $167 billion in economic value, based on the Independent Sector’s estimate of the average value of a volunteer hour for 2017.
We also revealed the top states and and cities for volunteering, which could explain some of the cheering you may have heard earlier this week from Utah (the top state) and Minneapolis-St. Paul (the top large city) when the rankings were released.
We are big fans of civic pride. You can discover the top-ranking states and large cities on the Volunteering in America website.
Volunteers’ contributions to society are greater than those that can be measured empirically — they are also a unifying force for our country.
“The fabric of our nation is strengthened by the service of its volunteers,” said Barbara Stewart, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “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.”
That sounds like something worth remembering as we prepare to journey over the river and through the woods for Thanksgiving. And, hopefully, it can inspire us to join our families, friends, and neighbors as volunteers in the weeks and months ahead.
Director, Office of External Affairs
P.S. Our CEO Barbara Stewart discussed the importance of volunteers in a blog on Medium earlier this week. Take a few moments to check it out.