Utah named number one volunteer state for ninth straight year

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Utahns donated more volunteer hours than any other state in 2014, with more than 900,000 volunteers serving approximately 154.9 million total hours. This is the ninth consecutive year Utah has claimed the top spot in the nation for volunteerism.

“It is an honor to be recognized as the number one state for volunteering for the ninth straight year,” said Gov. Gary R. Herbert. “I am proud of Utahns for prioritizing service to others and making volunteer work a key component of our state identity. Hard work is a Utah value that earned us our Beehive State nickname, and the work we donate to take care of each other is an important part of that.”

Research from the VCLA 2014 report ranks Utah as the No. 1 volunteering state in the nation with 45.3 percent of adults volunteering. The total economic value of volunteer service in Utah was $3.5 billion based on the independent sector annual estimate of the average value of a volunteer hour, which was $22.65 in 2013.

You can read the full news release here.