Volunteers Commended By State Volunteer And Community Service Commission

(CHICAGO, IL) — The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service is commending the state’s more than 2.5 million volunteers who made a difference through volunteerism last year. Illinois volunteers served nearly 275 million total hours, which is valued at $6.8 billion, as it is based on the value of volunteer time in Illinois. The recently released 2014 Volunteering and Civic Life in America report shows that 2.51 million Illinoisans volunteered and helped to make Illinois the top volunteering state out of the five most populated states in the country. The Corporation for National and Community Service issued the annual report in partnership with the National Council on Citizenship, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Bureau for Labor Statistics. According to CNCS, 62.8 million Americans or 1 in 4 adults, volunteered nearly 7.9 billion hours last year. Illinois rates above the national average with 25.9 percent of residents volunteering. Additionally, volunteers are almost twice as likely to donate to charity as non-volunteers. 80 percent of volunteers donated to charity, compared to 40 percent of non-volunteers. Overall, half of all Americans donated at least $25 to charity in 2014.