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Utahns’ benevolent reputation continues to be cemented as the state is on an 11-year streak of having the most volunteer hours.
Those in the state volunteered more service hours than any other state in the nation for the eleventh year in a row, according to the Corporation for National & Community Service. Utah was also named the ‘most charitable state’ by WalletHub for the third straight year.
Utah had a 43 percent volunteerism rate, the national and community service corporation said, which was 18 percent higher than the national average of 25 percent. The monetary value of these service hours was estimated to be $3.8 billion, a hefty amount of money saved thanks to Utah residents’ generosity.
“It is an honor for Utah to once again be recognized as the No. 1 state for volunteerism,” Gov. Gary Herbert said. “The work of our exceptional volunteers reaffirms the greater sense of cooperation and charity that makes our communities strong and saves costs that would otherwise be absorbed by government of the taxpayer.”
As perhaps expected, the majority of volunteer hours were donated to religious organizations, while other volunteer hours were directed towards educational purposes and other social or community services.
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