Utah tops nation in volunteer hours donated for 11th year

For the eleventh straight year, Utahns have donated more volunteer hours than any other state in America. In 2015, 844,023 Utahns volunteered a total of 170 million hours of service, according to a report from the Corporation for National & Community Service.

“It is an honor for Utah to once again be recognized as the No. 1 state for volunteerism,” Gov. Gary R. Herbert said. “The work of our exceptional volunteers reaffirms the greater sense of cooperation and charity that makes our communities strong and saves costs that would otherwise be absorbed by government or the taxpayer.”

Utah had a 43 percent volunteerism rate, which was 18 points higher than the national average of 25 percent. The total economic impact of volunteer hours donated in Utah was $3.8 billion.

As the holiday season approaches, Gov. Herbert urged Utahns to volunteer and donate to neighbors, friends, veterans and others as a mark of gratitude for the blessings they enjoy.

To find opportunities to serve in your community, visit userve.utah.gov.

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