Utah leads the nation in volunteering — again

by | Jun. 15, 2010

News from Utah

Karen and Dan Adams laugh when they recall how seeing their children's high school band load a tuba on top of a bus launched Dan on a quarter-century of cleaning and hauling equipment and instruments, building props and organizing other dads.

The American Fork couple, both Silver Beavers in Scouting and lifelong volunteers, are two of 855,600 reasons Utah is No. 1 nationally when it comes to donating time and talent. That's how many Utahns regularly volunteer.

It's also Utah's fifth straight year at the pinnacle of the Volunteering in America report, helped there by three Wasatch Front cities — Salt Lake, Provo and Ogden — that were singled out as volunteer hubs in the nation.

Utah also earned eight other No. 1 state rankings, including number of volunteer hours per resident (No. 2 Iowa's 40.1-hour-average is less than half Utah's 86.9-hours-average) and for its 80.1 percent volunteer retention rate. The other six top scores were a sweep across age groups: 40.6 percent of older adults, 48.9 percent of Baby Boomers, 42.3 percent of college students and 40.2 percent of young adults volunteer. So do youngsters: 44.5 percent of teenagers 16-19 and 39.4 percent of "Millennials" (those born in '82 or later).

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