Utah in Top 10 for Americorps Volunteerism
For the first time since its inception 20 years ago, Americorps has released the states and cities that produce the highest number of volunteers. Provo is ranked number four among mid-size cities and Utah is ranked eighth overall, which Americorps director Bill Basl says is not surprising.
“Because that is the background, the culture of people who live in Utah: helping one another, serving community needs, and Americorps is a perfect fit for individuals who want to do that,” he says.
Basl credits local Americorps members with taking the lead on efforts in Salt Lake City to end chronic homelessness, particularly among veterans.
“What we see is individuals who are very willing to give of themselves and give of their time and do something that has, if you will, a higher value, a higher return personally," says Basl.
In 2013, Utah residents contributed more than 150 million volunteer service hours. The Corporation for National and Community Service has ranked Utah first in the nation for volunteerism for nine years in a row.