Virginia Shines in Volunteerism Report

Virginia ranks 3rd in the U.S. for number of hours volunteered per resident in the U.S.last year! The annual Volunteering and Civic Life in America report released by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), revealed that more than 30 percent of Virginians volunteer contributing more than $6 million in economic impact to the Commonwealth, based on the Independent Sector’s estimate of the average value of a volunteer hour.

Individual volunteers not only serve more hours, but are committed to their service continuing to volunteer on a repeat basis! Check out how we stack up to the rest of the nation in this report:

  • Virginia ranks 16th overall for Volunteerism (up from 18 in 2014)
  • Virginia ranks 3rd for Volunteer Hours per Resident
  • Virginia ranks 5th for Veterans volunteering
  • Virginia ranks 9th for Volunteer Retention Rate
  • Virginia ranks 9th for Parents volunteering
  • Virginia ranks 13th for Millennials volunteering
  • Virginia ranks 14th for Baby Boomers volunteering
  • See the full Virginia Report.

Nationally, this year’s report found that 62.6 million adults (24.9 percent) volunteered through an organization last year.  Altogether, Americans volunteered nearly 7.8 billion hours in 2015, worth an estimated $184 billion. The volunteer rate consistently remains stable and strong. Over the past 14 years, Americans have volunteered 113 billion hours, service worth an estimated $2.3 trillion.

The data for this report were collected through two supplements to the Current Population Survey (CPS): the Volunteer Supplement and the Civic Engagement Supplement. The CPS is a monthly survey of about 60,000 households (approximately 100,000 adults), conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau on behalf of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The selected supplements collect data on the volunteering, voting, and civic activities of adults age 16 and older for volunteering and 18 and older for the civic supplement. Volunteers are considered individuals who performed unpaid volunteer activities through or for an organization at any point during the 12-month period (from September 1st of the prior year through the survey week in September of the survey year).

See the full report.

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