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It's Your Business 2018: Idaho 5th in nation for volunteerism

Volunteerism is heavy throughout Idaho County, keeping with the state rate of being fifth in the nation for the category. In Grangeville, volunteers work here on the former community garden at the Camas Prairie Food Bank

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Volunteerism is heavy throughout Idaho County, keeping with the state rate of being fifth in the nation for the category. In Grangeville, volunteers work here on the former community garden at the Camas Prairie Food Bank



Idaho is a pretty generous state, volunteer-wise.

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service’s recent data, Idaho ranks fifth in the U.S. in number of Idaho residents who volunteer (34.1 percent).

Idaho has 382,220 volunteers with 37.5 volunteer hours per capita. There are 53.42 million hours of service with $1 billion of service contributed annually. 53.5 percent of Idaho residents donate $25 or more to charity per year.

The statistics also show civic life in Idaho shows 94.4 percent of Idaho residents frequently eat dinner with other family members; 88.7 percent talk with their neighbors; 42.5 percent participate in groups and/or organizations within their communities; and 68.4 percent of residents engage in informal volunteer work (such as doing favors for neighbors or co-workers).

Top volunteer activities in Idaho include (highest to lowest by percent): tutoring or teaching; mentoring youth; general labor; collecting, preparing or distributing food; fund-raise; provide professional or managerial services; music/performances; making or distributing clothing; coach/referee; being an usher, greeter or minister; and providing medical services or counseling.

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A volunteer stacks shelves at the Camas Prairie Food Bank in Grangeville

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Grangeville High School students pose with Edna Whitcomb following helping her with yard work.

Nearly half of volunteer services in Idaho are provided under a religious organization, while education and youth organizations make up about one-fourth of all volunteer efforts.

States ahead of Idaho included Utah (43.23 percent), Minnesota (35.43 percent), Wisconsin (35.34) and South Dakota (35.3).

The bottom five states are Arkansas (20.56), Nevada (19.61), New York (19.25), Florida (19.11) and Louisiana (18.43).

Idaho’s other neighboring states’ ranks were: Montana (12th); Oregon (13th); Washington (16th); and Wyoming (19th).

For details go to: https://www.nationalservice.gov/vcla/state-rankings-volunteer-rate



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