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Volunteering in Utah

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Reaching out to others is second nature for most Utahns, so it doesn't come as a surprise that the Beehive State, once again, is shown to have the highest rate of volunteering in the nation.

For the second year in a row, this significant recognition comes from the Corporation for National and Community Service. The group's analysis of census data and other surveys lists Utah's volunteerism rate at 45.9%, nearly 3% higher than the next state, which is Nebraska. The number of average volunteer hours per Utah resident per year is an astounding 81.9, which exceeds the next state, Idaho, by nearly 25 hours.

Here are more button-bursting facts:

Utah has the highest rate of volunteers among seniors and young adults, with baby boomers coming in a very close second. Among college students, the Utah rate is 7% higher than the next closest state.

Of the many lists put out each year by national organizations ranking states for this or for that, KSL finds this evaluation of community service among the most gratifying. It distinguishes Utah as a place where people strive to live the Golden Rule and help one another.

What a meaningful accomplishment! What a satisfying compliment! Let's all make sure the tradition continues.

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