Utah ranks number one for volunteering for ten consecutive years [UPH Wire]

**attached contains the following: *
For Immediate Release
Contact: Aimee Edwards
edwards@utah.gov
mobile: (801) 755-3085

*Utah ranks number one for volunteering for ten consecutive years*
SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 8, 2015) – For the tenth consecutive year, the
Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has ranked Utah first
in the U.S. for volunteerism because of Utahns’ generosity and commitment
to improve their communities.
Gov. Gary R. Herbert and UServeUtah, the Utah Commission on Service and
Volunteerism announced the 2015 Volunteering and Civic Life in America
(VCLA) report ranked Utah as the No. 1 volunteering state in the nation for
the tenth consecutive year. The announcement was held at a press conference
at the Capitol building in conjunction with release of the CNCS report.
“Utahns have an unwavering commitment to strengthen our communities and are
quick to lend a helping hand to their neighbors,” Gov. Herbert said.
“Volunteer work is an important part of our Beehive State values.”
Research from the VCLA 2015 report ranks Utah as the No. 1 volunteering
state in the nation with 46 percent of adults volunteering. The report is
part of the most comprehensive study of volunteering and civic engagement
across the country. The data is gathered annually through the Current
Population Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. Data was collected
on the volunteering and civic activities of Americans age 16 and older.
Senator Hatch, President Pro Tempore of the U.S. Senate and sponsor of the
Serve America Act of 2008 lauded Utah’s number one ranking in volunteering
for its 10th year: “A culture of volunteerism – giving time in service to
others – is one thing that sets our state apart. As Utahns, we seek to
serve selflessly and are always ready to lend a helping hand to those in
need. And in turn, that service transforms those who serve. I am proud to
represent a state that cultivates the spirit of volunteerism in its
citizens, young and old.”
The total economic value of volunteer service in Utah is $4.5 billion based
on the national hourly value in 2015. More than 950,000 volunteers served
approximately 193.7 million total hours, an increase of 38.8 million from
2014.
The spirit of Utah’s volunteerism is exemplified in individual cities. The
report also ranks the nation’s largest cities and metropolitan areas for
their volunteering and civic engagement rates. For the first time since the
report was released, Salt Lake City moved into the No. 1 ranking in the
metropolitan cities category nationally. For mid-sized cities Provo ranked
No. 1 again with Ogden coming in a close second. The complete report can
be accessed at VolunteeringInAmerica.gov.
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