Tuesday, July 28, 2009

New volunteerism data, resources

My Twitter feed brought an unexpected gift this morning, word that the 2009 Volunteering in America report has been released.

Based on 2008 data, the report offers a rather detailed picture of the scope and the depth of the ways in which we give our time in service to others. Statistics are available at the national level. They also are available for individual states. Wyoming's latest volunteerism information can be found here.

A few highlights that stick out to me this morning:
  • 132,100 Wyoming residents volunteered their time in 2008, 32.4 percent of our state's population (29.6 percent of adults). We rank 16th amongst the 50 states and DC.
  • We donated 40.1 hours per individual, placing us 19th amongst the 50 states and DC.
  • The value of that human power is an estimated $331.2 million.
While perusing the site this morning, I also wandered to the Corporation for National and Community Service's research reports section. There I found several papers of interest, research that I look forward to reading in the days ahead. To check out what is available, visit that research portal by clicking here.

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