(Washington, DC) Volunteers in the District of Columbia continued to prove their commitment to the community in variety of critical ways last year, serving an average of 45.7 hours in 2010. The District ranks at No. 9 in the nation among the 51 largest cities, with an impressive volunteering rate of 32.1 percent according to the annual 2011 Volunteering in America report. Volunteers spent the most time supporting education and serving through faith-based institutions.
“From my time at the Covenant House through my years of civil service, I know firsthand the positive impact volunteers can have in the District,” said, Mayor Vincent C. Gray. “At a time when fiscal responsibility is paramount, volunteers are filling in the gaps to provide support. From tutoring to job training to supporting our veterans, they embody the meaning of ‘One City’ and improve the quality of life for all of us.”
The Volunteering in America research, released today by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), is part of the most comprehensive national study conducted on volunteerism. Nationally, volunteers were resolute in their commitment, serving nearly 8.1 billion hours in their communities – service valued at nearly $173 billion.
Robert Velasco II, the Acting CEO of CNCS, said, “As organizations are struggling to provide more services with fewer resources, volunteers of all ages are stepping up to help fill in the gaps. The commitment, time, and talent of District volunteers is admirable, further proving that everyone has a role in making America great.” CNCS supports Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and other national service programs that drive innovation and problem solving through service.
The Volunteering in America research is produced by CNCS as part of its efforts to expand the reach and impact of America’s volunteers. The complete report can be accessed at VolunteeringInAmerica.gov.
There are immediate opportunities to serve coming up soon:
- August 20, 2011: Volunteers are needed for DCPS Beautification Day, the annual event established as a citywide spruce-up of all DC Public Schools buildings in preparation for the first day of school.
- August 29 through September 2, 2011: The launch of the Eat More Salad Initiative, volunteers are needed during the second week of school to show students how to create balanced meals at new DCPS salad bars.
- September 11, 2011: Serve DC and HandsOn Greater DC Cares will commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 by hosting Tribute to Service – Honoring the Victims, Survivors, and Heroes of 9/11 at Freedom Plaza; volunteer leaders are needed to help direct attendees, provide critical information, and lead on-site service projects.