Alaska ranks 5th in volunteer rate nationally

Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2010

ANCHORAGE - A new federal report on the increasing number of community volunteers across the country shows the volunteer rate in Alaska ranked fifth in the nation.

Alaska ranked even higher, at No. 2, for the average hours contributed per resident in the report released Tuesday by the government-run Corporation for National and Community Service.

The report showed that between 2007 and 2009, about 188,000 volunteers in Alaska contributed nearly 30 million hours of service, based on the average over those three years.

Individually, Alaskans volunteered more than 59 hours of service per year on average during that period.

The report said that service was worth about $622 million a year.

The most common activities for Alaska volunteers included general labor, fundraising, collecting and distributing food, and mentoring youth.

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