New Jersey has an estimated 1.5 million volunteers, which translates into 170 million volunteer-hours a year. That sounds like a lot, but actually New Jersey ranks pretty low among states when it comes to volunteerism.
In 2011, the Garden State ranked 47th among states and Washington D.C., faring better than only Nevada, Hawaii, New York, and Louisiana, according to Volunteering in America. Utah, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota ranked highest when considering volunteer-hour per capita.
Still, New Jerseyans spend about 25.2 volunteer hours per resident. The majority of hours (30 percent) are spent with religious organizations and educational organizations (28.5 percent).
If you know someone who should be recognized for his or her volunteer efforts, consider a nomination for the governor’s Jefferson Awards for Public Service.