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Iowa ranks second for volunteerism

DES MOINES (KWWL)---  Governor Chet Culver announced Tuesday that more Iowans are volunteering, giving Iowa the second-highest volunteer rate in the country. In fact, 38.7 percent of Iowans devoted time to help others in 2009.  That surpasses last year's rank of fifth, according to the recent "Volunteering in America" report released by the Corporation for National and Community Service.  Utah took the top spot with the highest number of volunteers nationwide.

"These numbers are a representation of the character of Iowans, and I am proud that our residents are committed to serving their neighbors and communities. But more is still needed – as we reflect on these successes, I want to renew the challenge we made last year and ask that Iowans continue to give their time and talents to help our fellow Iowans," Governor Culver said.

Iowans devoted a total of 109 million hours to volunteering in 2009, an increase of 28 million hours compared to 2007's total. The rise in volunteerism produces an increase of more than $560 million in services to Iowa.

Want to volunteer?  Click here to find service opportunities in your area.

KWWL Reporter: Kera Mashek

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