Minneapolis metro area once again leads the nation in volunteering

For the fourth year in a row, the Minneapolis Saint Paul metro area has been ranked the top metro in the nation for volunteering by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that uses Census Bureau data to rank cities across the country.

The report found that despite the current economic conditions, 37.4 percent of Minneapolis Saint Paul residents or about 905,000 volunteers serve in their communities. Volunteers averaged 43.9 hours per resident, ranking them first within the 51 largest cities surveyed. And by donating their time, the report estimates that the Twin Cities metro area volunteers make an economic contribution of $2.2 billion annually.

The study found several factors contribute to Minneapolis’ high volunteer rates: shorter commutes to work, higher home ownership, higher education levels, and higher concentrations of nonprofit organizations providing opportunities to volunteer.

Following Minneapolis Saint Paul, were Portland, Salt Lake City, Seattle, and Oklahoma City rounding out the top five large cities for volunteerism. Minnesota once again was the third-highest ranked state for volunteering, following Utah and Iowa. For more information on the study, visit www.volunteeringinamerica.gov .

Published Jun. 15, 2010