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Iowans among best at volunteerism

December 28, 2012
Alissa Klenk - Reporter , Dysart Reporter

If you attend any event in Dysart, you are sure to see droves of volunteers happily serving the community. It turns out that this trend of volunteerism is Dysart is also true for not only the state of Iowa, but for the nation as a whole.

According to the findings from Volunteering and Civic Life in America, a report issued by the Corporation for National and Community Service in partnership with the National Conference on Citizenship, volunteering among Americans has hit a five-year high.

With 38.4% of residents volunteering, Iowa is ranked as number three in the top five states for volunteering. The other four states include Utah, Idaho, Minnesota, and South Dakota. In Iowa, this data averages out to 41.9 hours of volunteering per resident with a total of 99.3 million hours of service.

In 2011, 64.3 million Americans volunteered through a formal organization, which is a 1.5 million increase from 2010. This doesn't even take into account the 143.7 million Americans (65.1% of Americans) who volunteered informally by helping out others. 44.1% of Americans actively volunteered in civic, religious, and school groups.

The report also found that parents of school age children were among the top volunteers, indicating that schools are an important part of community activity. Ilir Zherka, Executive Director of the National Conference on Citizenship, feels that the data in this report indicates a "quiet civic reawakening" in America.

Volunteerism in Dysart is the glue that holds the community together. At the next Dysart event you attend, say thank you to the various individuals who quietly serve in these integral places within our community.



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