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Idaho No. 2 In Volunteering

Idahoans residents volunteer at a rate that is second to only one other states, according to the 2011 “Volunteering and Civic Life in America” Report. Idaho's volunteer rate of 38.8% (with a value of $1.4 billion) is second only to Utah's 40.9%. Idaho finished ahead of Iowa (38.4%), Minnesota (38%) and South Dakota (36.8%) to round out the top five. The Gem State also was tied for fourth with Georgia for the greatest increase in volunteering from the previous year — 3.7%. You can see the complete rankings here.

Volunteering and Civic Life in America reports the following findings re: Idaho:

  • 58.4 volunteer hours per resident.
  • 72.9% do favors for their neighbors.
  • 92.8% eat dinner with their family a few times a week or more.
  • 58% discuss politics a few times a month or more.
  • 455,920 volunteers.
  • 68.7 million hours of service.
  • $1.4 billion of service contributed.

Question: Do you volunteer? Where?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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