Oregon ranks #3 nationwide for volunteering

From: Gari Johnson, Clackamas County Public and Government Affairs, 503-742-4370

Media and Interested Parties

Volunteerism around the nation has reached record numbers totaling nearly 6.9 billion in donated hours – yes, billion with a B – according to the 2018 Volunteering in America report announcing Utah, Minnesota and Oregon with the highest rate of volunteering. Oregon moved up to the third-ranked state from the 13th for rate of volunteering the previous year.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) released the new study last month revealing over 77 million adults volunteered through organizations such as AmeriCorps or Senior Corps, with millions more volunteering to support friends, family and neighbors.

Research for the report also revealed that veterans are some of the most neighborly Americans, because they visit with and do favors for their neighbors, plus donate to charity at a higher rate than civilians. Another finding shows that people who give of their time through volunteering donate to charity at twice the rate of non-volunteers – confirming that Americans are very generous.

In addition to showing the graphical representations of the volunteer rates for all 50 states, the study shows the volunteer rates for the 50 largest metropolitan statistical areas. While Oregon ranked as a top state, the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro OR-WA area, which includes Clackamas County, ranked as one of the top metro areas. Find the complete report at www.VolunteeringInAmerica.gov.

“Volunteering raises everyone’s spirits and there is a volunteer opportunity to fit any schedule,” said Wendy Hays, Clackamas County Social Services’ Volunteer Connection, RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) Coordinator. “Just a couple hours a month can make a huge difference for someone who needs a ride to the doctor, help with paying bills, or is in need of food – the gift of volunteering could save a life, and is life-changing and heartwarming for all involved.”

This past year, Clackamas County has connected hundreds of volunteers with opportunities to provide support for individuals in need through a variety of programs. Programs currently in need of volunteers include the following:

Learn more about the county’s Volunteer Connection programs, including details about specific volunteer positions, and read the 2017/2018: Year in Review report at https://www.clackamas.us/socialservices/volunteer.html.  

To discover all of the volunteer opportunities offered by Clackamas County, contact Wendy Hays at wendyhay@clackamas.us or call 503-650-5796.

To search for all volunteer opportunities in and beyond your community, go to the Corporation for National and Community Service website at https://www.nationalservice.gov/serve/search.

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Gari Johnson at gjohnson2@clackamas.us or 503-742-4370.