Volunteering and Civic Life in America 2015

Posted by Corporation for National and Community Service on December 14, 2015

The statistics do not lie. Our numbers consistently show that Americans of all ages are working together to keep our nation strong.

  • Nearly 63 million Americans volunteered nearly 8 billion hours last year
  • This service has an estimated value of $184 billion (based on Independent Sector’s estimate of the average value of a volunteer hour)
  • More than 138 million Americans (or 63%) volunteered informally in their communities
  • Volunteering is a core American value. Last year one in four Americans volunteered through an organization, and two in three of us regularly helped our neighbors.

Top 10 States in Volunteering

  • Utah (Salt Lake City, UT is also #1 in top cities)
  • Idaho
  • Wisconsin (Milwaukee, WI is also #3 in top cities)
  • Minnesota (Minneapolis -St.Paul, MN is also #2 in top cities)
  • Kansas
  • Vermont
  • Nebraska
  • Alaska
  • North Dakota
  • Iowa

See How Your State of City Ranks

But there’s much more hard work to do. We need volunteers now more than ever. That’s why I’m asking all of you to:

  • Mobilize your networks to spread the word to #GoVolunteer
  • Visit our volunteering website and find an opportunity near you to volunteer in your community


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