“What did we find?” Canaan asked. “For religious activities, [church-going Mormons] give on average 242 hours; for church-affiliated volunteering to help meet social needs of people in the church, 96 hours; for church-affiliated activities helping people outside the church, 56 hours; and for [volunteer] activities outside of the church totally, 34 hours.
Mormon volunteerism got the attention of the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. The research and survey group hosted an event titled “Mormons and Civic Life,” during which University of Pennsylvania professor Ram Canaan presented recent findings about Mormon volunteerism and charitable giving in the United States.
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