Survey says ... Idaho volunteers rock to tune of nearly $1 billion

Statesman staffDecember 19, 2013 

The Gem State ranks No. 3 in giving

This is according to the recently released Volunteering and Civic Life in America report from the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that helps connect people to volunteer activities.

Nearly 37 percent of Idahoans volunteered in 2012

That means a total of more than 425,000 volunteers gave 58.2 million hours of service — worth an estimated $939 million.

Idaho vs. U.S.

Nationally, one in four adults, or 26.5 percent, volunteered in 2012, the report said.

By age

The volunteer rate of Generation X (those born between 1965 and 1981) has trended upward over the past 11 years, to 30.1 percent. Americans 65 and older donated nearly twice as many hours per volunteer than the population as a whole — 90 volunteer hours in 2012 compared to 50 hours for the general population.

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