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October 28, 2015

New Jerseyans do not volunteer much, at least in comparison with folks in other states. The Corporation for National and Community Service, which tracks volunteering and civic life in America, estimates that 22.4 percent of New Jerseyans volunteer, ranking the state 45th. Still, that means there are 1.45 million volunteers in the state who gave 206.3 million hours of service in 2013, which equates to 27.5 volunteer-hours and $4.6 billion of service contributed.

When asked if they “informally volunteered” -- meaning doing such things as favors for neighbors -- 65.5 percent said they did.

When asked what type of volunteering activities they engaged in, the largest number (27 percent) said they helped fundraise, and 22 percent said they collected or distributed food. Asked where they volunteered, 30 percent said religious institutions and 26 percent said educational institutions, followed by social-service agencies (13 percent), health agencies (11 percent), civic organizations (6 percent) and sports or arts clubs (4 percent).

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