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Trends and Highlights Overview

Overall, in Washington in 2015:

  • 30.6% of residents volunteer, ranking them 16th among the 50 states and Washington, DC.
  • 1,644,364 volunteers
  • 37.7 volunteer hours per capita
  • 198.62 million hours of service
  • $5.0 billion of service contributed
  • 55.9% of residents donate $25 or more to charity

Civic Life in America (2013 data):

  • 95.4% frequently eat dinner with other members of the household
  • 88.8% frequently talk with neighbors
  • 48.3% of residents participate in groups and/or organizations
  • 64.9% 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 5,800 Senior Corps volunteers are meeting local needs, strengthening communities, and increasing civic engagement through national service in Washington. This year, CNCS will commit more than $35,800,000 to support Washington communities through national service.

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