More than a third of the state’s total population, 36.1 percent, volunteered in a formal setting, the report found. More than a quarter of residents reported collecting and distributing food to the needy, while 23 percent said they spent time raising money for their favorite causes.
When looking beyond teens, Utah’s volunteerism rate is higher than anywhere else. The majority of Utah volunteers, 66 percent, serve religious organizations. In Kansas, by contrast, 35 percent of volunteers said they gave time to religious groups, while 26 percent said they helped educational organizations. (Utah residents’ generosity with their money and time earned the state our Best State award in May.)
Volunteering isn’t only good for the community — it can also be good for the economy. A June 2013 report from the Corporation for National and Community Service found that unemployed people who volunteer are 27 percent more likelyto find paying jobs. And people without a high school diploma were 51 percent more likely to find employment if they volunteered than if they didn’t.
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