2.4 Million Illinoisans Give $7.3 Billion in Service
SPRINGFIELD –(ENEWSPF)–November 18, 2016. The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) is commending the state’s more than 2.4 million volunteers who made a difference through volunteerism last year. The Chicago metropolitan area also had the highest volunteerism rate among the four largest cities. Illinois volunteers served nearly 287 million total hours, which is valued at $7.3 billion (based on the value of volunteer time in Illinois).
“Illinoisans volunteer hundreds of millions of hours to help their neighbors,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director of the Serve Illinois Commission. “These volunteers make our state a great place to live. They support our veterans, give comfort to the homeless, help educate our children, respond to disasters, and so much more.”
The recently released 2015 Volunteering and Civic Life in America report shows that 2.4 million Illinoisans volunteered and helped to make Illinois the top volunteering state out of the five most populated states in the country.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) issued the annual report in partnership with the National Council on Citizenship, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Bureau for Labor Statistics. The complete report is available at www.VolunteeringInAmerica.gov.
According to CNCS, 62.6 million Americans (or 1 in 4 adults, 24.9 percent) volunteered 7.8 billion hours last year. Based on the Independent Sector’s estimate of the average value of a volunteer hour, the estimated value of this volunteer service is nearly $184 billion.
Additionally, volunteers are almost twice as likely to donate to charity as non-volunteers. Eighty percent of volunteers donated to charity, compared to 40 percent of non-volunteers. Volunteers are 27 percent more likely to find a job. This likelihood increases for rural volunteers (55 percent) and volunteers without a high school diploma (51 percent).
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