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Trends and Highlights Overview

Overall, in the District of Columbia in 2015:

  • 31.1% of residents volunteer, ranking them 14th among the 50 states and Washington, DC.
  • 173,526 volunteers
  • 38.5 volunteer hours per capita
  • 20.55 million hours of service
  • $502 million of service contributed
  • 52.4% of residents donate $25 or more to charity

Civic Life in America (2013 data):

  • 87.5% frequently eat dinner with other members of the household
  • 85.7% frequently talk with neighbors
  • 48.6% of residents participate in groups and/or organizations
  • 64.3% of residents engage in "informal volunteering" (for example, doing favors for neighbors)

National Service

National service refers to the Corporation for National and Community Service programs: Senior CorpsAmeriCorpsthe Social Innovation Fund, and other programs and initiatives. Participants in these programs address community needs in disaster services, economic opportunity, education, the environment, health, and veterans and military families.

More than 1,900 AmeriCorps members and 1,400 Senior Corps volunteers are meeting local needs, strengthening communities, and increasing civic engagement through national service in District of Columbia. This year, CNCS will commit more than $26,020,000 to support District of Columbia communities through national service.

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