Kansas ranks fourth in the nation when it comes to volunteering. Nice to hear at a time of the year when many of those volunteers are plenty busy helping their fellow citizens.
The report comes from the Corporation for National Community Service, the federal agency that helps Americans engage in volunteer activities. The Volunteering and Civic Life in America report says nearly 37 percent of Kansas residents volunteered in 2012. That amounts to nearly 808,000 volunteers giving 82.9 million hours of service. The worth of that service is estimated at about 1.6 billion dollars.
Nationwide, the group found that roughly one in four adults volunteered last year.
I’ve been doing our station’s public affairs program – “Issues 2013” – for about 14 years. The charitable organizations I’ve featured on the program always talk about their volunteers and how much they help. Many times I have heard the phrase: “We couldn’t get along without them”.
One more reason to be proud of Wichita and Kansas.