It’s Up to Us

According to the Corporation for National Community Service, 25.3% of Americans volunteer,  62.8 million volunteers across the nation. In 2015, they averaged 32.1 volunteer hours per person, per year, which comes to 7.9 billion hours of service. With a value of $24.14 per hour, in 2016 volunteers in America contributed the equivalent of $184 billion in man power. Even with 141 billionaires who pledged to give half their wealth away, in a philanthropy effort lead by Warren Buffet, the fact is without the power of volunteers, many of the nation’s most ambitious and important social projects can’t be completed. For the last 3 years, the number of volunteers in America has slowly dropped.  At the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters we know the profound impact each person can have on the lives of others just by giving up a little time. That’s why we’re encouraging our members to make the pledge and join one of our CUPP committees. In honor of International Volunteer Day here are the volunteer states for each state according to the Center for National and Community Service.


43.2% of Utah residents volunteer ranking them first among the 50 states and Washington D.C. On average, every Utah resident spends just over 75 hours a year volunteering, far higher than any other state. In keeping with their charitable nature, about 5.6% of Utah residents said they do a favor for a neighbor at least once a day, and another 28.5% reported helping a neighbor a few times a month, both the highest in the country. With just 844,023 volunteers, residents of Utah contributed 75.6 volunteer hours per capita, 170.36 million hours total, and $3.8 billion in community service.


29.3% of Colorado residents volunteer, ranking them 18th among the states. With 1.2 million volunteers, Colorado’s 35.1 volunteer hours per capita added to a total of 143.55 million hours and $3.5 billion in community service in 2015.


23.9% of Californians volunteer, ranking them 34th among the 50 states and Washington, DC. In 2015 the state had over 7 million volunteers. Together they completed 29.9 volunteer hours per capita, 940.16 million hours of service, and $21.5 billion of service contributed.

New Mexico

In 2015, 23.6% of residents New Mexico volunteered ranking them at 35 just behind California. Even with just 356,415 volunteers, New Mexico volunteers combined for 33.5 volunteer hours per capita, and 54.77 million total hours of service worth $1.3 billion of service contributed.


In Arizona, 23.3% of residents volunteer, ranking them 38th among the 50 states and Washington, DC. In 2015, roughly 1.3 million volunteers combined their goodwill efforts to generate 36.4 volunteer hours per capita, 174.36 million hours of service, and $4.5 billion of service contributed.


In 2015 19.6% of Nevada residents volunteered, ranking them 48th in the nation. Combined 449,991 volunteers contributed 24.5 volunteer hours per capita, 56.86 million hours of service, and $1.3 billion in community service.