Utah ranks #1 in volunteerism for 10th straight year

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Utahns donated more volunteer hours than any other state in 2015, marking the 10th straight year the Beehive State has been recognized as No. 1 in the nation for volunteerism.

To celebrate, Gov. Gary R. Herbert kicked off the 2016 Pledge 10 campaign, asking Utahns to serve 10 people, volunteer with coworkers 10 times, or serve 10 hours at a charity organization in the upcoming year.

“Your long tradition of service makes Utah what it is,” Gov. Herbert told the crowd of volunteers assembled at the Pledge 10 kickoff. “We are proud of our culture of caring for one another. Where government would otherwise have to step in or grow, Utah’s exceptional Pledge 10 graphicarmy of volunteers step up to fill the need.”

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, Utahns put in enough volunteer hours to fill 93,000 full-time job positions. To put that in another perspective, that’s $4.5 billion in economic contributions. The average Utahn donates 92 hours of service per year, which is twice the average of the No. 2 state in the nation.

To find ways to serve your community, visit the Utah Commission on Service & Volunteerism website at Userve.utah.gov.