Trending Now: Volunteerism in America

Colleges prefer applicants with community service experience. People flock to food banks to help serve holidays meals. In the 2010- 2011 academic year, KOREH L.A. held over 31 training sessions for 794 people, who committed one hour every week to read with a child. Volunteerism has become increasingly popular for many Americans.

So where does California stack up?

Based on data gathered from 2008-2010, California was ranked 36 out of the 50 states and District of Columbia, with 24.8% of citizens engaging in philanthropic endeavors (compare this to Utah, who ranked the highest, with 44% of citizens volunteering).

What types of volunteer work are most popular?

• 31.9% of volunteers worked in education

• 30% of volunteers engaged in religious endeavors

• 13.5% of volunteers worked in social services

As you might guess, various factors play a significant role in determining the rates of volunteerism for different communities. While some factors such as education levels or a strong attachment to a particular community encourage volunteerism, others factors such as poverty, unemployment, and a high rate of foreclosures in a city result in lower volunteer rates.

If you'd like to read more about the factors that influence national volunteering levels, click here.

Click here for more information about volunteerism in California.

Click here for more information about volunteerism in Los Angeles, specifically.

Californians, let's give Utah a run for first place in 2012! For starters, urge your friends and family to become KOREH L.A. reading mentors. For a list of upcoming KOREH L.A. trainings, please click here.

Tags: Education News Roundup, KOREH L.A. News

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