Minneapolis Saint Paul ranks 1st in the country for volunteering

The Minneapolis Saint Paul area is ranked 1st in the country among the largest 51 cities for its volunteer rate of 37.1 percent, according to new research from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The research also found that over the past four years the retention rate for volunteers in Minneapolis Saint Paul was 73.7 percent, compared to the national average of 64.5 percent, and that on average Minneapolis Saint Paul volunteers contributed 40.8 hours of service per resident (based on 2008-2010 data).

The Volunteering in America research, released Aug. 9 by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), is part of the most comprehensive national study conducted on volunteerism. Nationally, volunteers served nearly 8.1 billion hours in their communities in 2010.

The Volunteering in America research is part of the CNCS’ efforts to expand the reach and impact of America’s volunteers. The research includes a volunteer data profile for all states, including the District of Columbia, and hundreds of cities, including data on volunteer rates, rankings, area-specific trends, and analysis.

Volunteers can contribute as little or as much as their time allowstheir ideas and talents are important to strengthening our communities and the nation. To learn how you can volunteer in your community, visit Serve.gov.

Published Aug. 16, 2011