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Service News Digest: CNCS In the News, VIA Edition

by Kate Enos

The Service News Digest is a regular feature on the Serve.Gov blog. In this series, we showcase news highlights that feature national service and Corporation for National and Community Service programs. In this edition, take a look at some of the great stories that featured the recent Volunteering In America report.

Americans Spent 8 Billion Hours Volunteering in 2010
Reuters, August 10, 2011

More than 60 million Americans volunteered 8.1 billion hours of their services in 2010 in work valued at nearly $173 billion, according to a new report. Whether it is tutoring and mentoring students, fundraising, job training or assisting during natural disasters, volunteers have contributed to their communities, the report by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) showed. Read More >>

South Dakota Ranks Fifth in Volunteerism
Rapid City Journal, August 10, 2011

Block is among the more than 37 percent of state residents who volunteered between 2008 and 2010, helping the state earn its Top 5 ranking in the 2011 Volunteering in America report issued Tuesday by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Read More >>

Editorial: Volunteering At a High Rate
Pioneer Press, August 8, 2011

The dollar value of such time is significant but the value to our nation, our states, and our cities and communities is incalculable. John Gomperts, director of AmeriCorps, the federal community-service program, visited us on Tuesday and told us how Americans are responding to problems through direct action. That includes immediate disasters such as the Joplin tornado in May, as well as long-term problems such as reading skills among preschoolers. Read More >>

Utah Tops the Nation in Volunteering
Salt Lake Tribune, August 9, 2011

Based on research by the U.S. Census and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2011 Volunteering in America report released Tuesday, Utah's 884,000 volunteers dedicated 177.1 million hours to service last year, with an estimated economic value of $3.8 billion in labor and expenses put back into the state. Lt. Gov. Greg Bell said those benefits are certainly important, but it's the way volunteering impacts people that is what makes it worthwhile. Read More >>

Twin Cities Lead Nation in Giving Back to Communities
USA Today, August 9, 2011

Minneapolis-St. Paul had the highest rate of volunteering in the country last year among large metro areas, according to a report released Tuesday. Just over 37% of people in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area did volunteer work at schools, community groups, religious organizations and other non-profits, says the annual Volunteering in American report from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Utah topped states in the percentage of volunteers, at 44.5%. Read More >>

Nonprofits Tap Surge of Volunteerism
The Tennessean, August 9, 2011

The report, released through the Corporation for National and Community Service, ranked 51 major cities across the country based on their rate of volunteering for the past three years. Nashville's 28.5 percent volunteerism rate ranked 18th, a steep rise from the city's 37th-place ranking in 2010's report. Read More >>

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