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Volunteer Commission urges Kansans to volunteer more

Posted: Dec 1, 2016
Author: Ann Bush

Kansas ranked seventh in volunteerism among states

While volunteering in Kansas remains strong, the Kansas Volunteer Commission encourages more Kansans to volunteer to meet the critical needs of their neighbors and communities. 

The “2016 Volunteering and Civic Life in America” report, released mid-November, shows Kansas ranked seventh nationally in volunteerism. On average, one out of 35 individuals volunteer in Kansas.

“We’re thrilled to see that Kansas is seventh in the nation for veteran volunteers, ninth for older adult volunteers and 10th for millennial and parent volunteers,” said Jessica Noble, executive director of the Kansas Volunteer Commission. “We are proud of the volunteer spirit in our state. We want Kansans of all ages to build upon these numbers and strive to do more in 2017 and beyond.”

The report states more than 688,000 Kansans contributed more than 76 million hours of service in 2015. Based on the Independent Sector's estimate of the average value of a volunteer hour ($23.56), the estimated value of volunteer service for Kansas is more than $1.8 billion. In addition, more than 56 percent of Kansas volunteers donate $25 or more to charity.

The Kansas Volunteer Commission urges you to volunteer with your family and friends this holiday season and into the New Year. To find local volunteer opportunities, visit https://www.volunteerkansas.org/ or http://www.serve.gov/. 
 

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