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Report based on volunteerism survey data ranks Utah as number one state in nation


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A report recently released by the Corporation for National and Community Service ranks Utah as the number one volunteer state in the nation for the fourth year in a row.

The research report is based on annual surveys of approximately 100,000 individuals collected by the United States Census and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in partnership with the corporation.

A related federal government website contains nine years of data on volunteering, rankings, trends and demographic information for all states along with almost 200 large and mid-sized cities.

The nationwide survey is produced to help federal, state and local leaders better understand the trends and demographics and apply the data to develop effective strategies for recruiting as well as retaining volunteers, according to the statistic compiling agencies and the corporation. 

"While I am not surprised at the results of the latest volunteerism survey, I have to say that I'm very proud to see Utah ranked at the top of the list once again," indicated Sen. Orrin Hatch. 

"As I've said before, volunteerism is encoded into America's cultural DNA, and nowhere is that more true than in the great state of Utah. People from our state have, time and again, demonstrated their willingness to put their skills and experience to good use in improving our neighborhoods and communities.  I am continually in awe of those from our state who selflessly volunteer their time and talents to assist those in need," continued the senator.

Detailed findings from the latest report include:

•For the fourth year in a row, Utah posted a volunteer rate of 43.5 percent.

Nebraska ranked second in the nation at 38.9 percent.

Minnesota followed at 38.4 percent, Alaska at 38 percent and Iowa at 37.1 percent.

•In the mid-sized city category of the survey, Provo led the nation with a 62.9 percent rate.

•Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., ranked number one among large cities at 38.4 percent. 

"The number one ranking confirms what we already knew at the Utah Commission on Volunteers: Utahns are committed to their communities and passionate about helping those in need. We are thrilled with the news and strive toward continuing this legacy," noted director Shar Lewis.

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