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The Today File

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December 16, 2014 at 9:49 AM

What’s special about Seattle? We’re all about volunteering, study says

The Seattle metro area has the highest young adult (16-24) volunteer rate in the country, according to a report released Tuesday by a federal agency.

Overall, the Corporation for National and Community Service’s report found that Seattle had the fourth highest volunteer rate with 34 percent of the area’s residents–972,400 people–volunteering in 2013. Collectively, the area gave 121.9 million hours of service worth $2.75 billion. The study said more of the area’s residents, about 67 percent, participate in “informal volunteering” activities that include helping sick neighbors shop for groceries or watching each other’s children.

Minneapolis-St. Paul, Salt Lake City and Rochester beat Seattle on the volunteering front for 2013. But, hey, look at the bright side: There’s still about two weeks in 2014 to tip the scales in our favor next year.

The study also breaks down volunteering rates by age group, demographic and types of volunteer opportunities for each state. Washington had the ninth highest volunteering rate at 35 percent.

Nationally, the report found that 25 percent of adults volunteered, contributing about 7.7 billion hours of service worth $173 billion.

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