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Volunteering & Civic Life in Maine

Published January 31, 2013

Maine's teenagers volunteer at a rate (44%) that earned the number one spot in the nation. Also making a strong showing are college students (37%, ranking 6th in the nation) and young adults (34%, ranked 2nd). Overall, nearly 1 in 3 Maine residents volunteer (32.7%) earning a ranking of 12th in the nation.

The volunteer retention rate - the ability of a volunteer program to keep someone recruited until they've completed the assignment - finally hit 70 percent after many years of showing 32 percent or more of volunteers leaving programs early. The Maine Commission for Community Service and its volunteer center partners have worked hard in this area, providing leaders of volunteer programs with the management skills to support volunteers' success.

The findings come from Volunteering and Civic Life in America, a report issued by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) in partnership with the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC). For the first time, the report includes volunteer data related to parents.

Use this LINK to read press release for more highlights on Maine.

Use this LINK to view full report.