Colo., nation volunteering more

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Between 2008 and 2009, Colorado’s volunteerism ranking rose from 17th to 16th among all states.

The Volunteering in America report showed that 1.3 million Coloradans volunteered 161.9 million hours in 2009 – an increase of nearly 18 million hours over 2008. During the same time period, the national rate of volunteering also increased.

Among mid-sized cities, Boulder and Fort Collins both ranked in the top 10, nationwide. Fort Collins ranked 4th and Boulder ranked 8th among 75 mid-size cities.

“This new report recognizes Colorado as a state that values and promotes volunteering and working on behalf of the less fortunate even during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression,” said Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien.

The Governor’s Commission on Community Service, part of the Lt. Governor’s Office, is working to further increase volunteerism through a Volunteer Generation Planning grant that works with the AmeriCorps program to expand operations at local organizations and attract more volunteers.

The Volunteering in America 2010 report is based on data obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics through a volunteering supplement to the Current Population Survey from 2002 to 2008.

To view the full report, visit the VolunteeringInAmerica web site.