The numbers released on Thursday, December 17 by the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service show that Illinois residents volunteer numbers and time at a rate that exceeds other top-5 states. The numbers, taken from the 2014 Volunteering and Civic Life in America report, included an hour-count of more than 274 million hours of service time volunteered by Illinois residents in 2014. The service hours were donated by 2.5 million Illinoisans. Their time, valued at $6.8 billion, helped make Illinois the top-volunteering state out of the most populated states in the top tier of the U.S. census. Smaller and rural states tended to demonstrate a higher overall rate of volunteer activities than larger ones.
The Serve Illinois numbers were released in cooperation with the national Corporation for National and Community Service. The CNCS summary for Illinois contains informational data on the current state of volunteering in the Land of Lincoln. Illinois volunteering activities include tutoring, fundraising, and the collection and distribution of food to the hungry. Bodies that organize Illinois volunteer work include churches and synagogues, schools, social service agencies, and health-care institutions.