Asheville Volunteerism Rates - Higher Than National Average

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A new report by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) finds 1 in 4 Americans volunteer.  Asheville’s volunteer rate is higher than the national average at 30.4%  and ranks 34 among mid-sized cities.  

According to the report, 64.5 million Americans volunteered nearly 7.9 billion hours last year. The estimated value of this volunteer service is nearly $175 billion, based on the Independent Sector’s estimate of the average value of a volunteer hour.

This past year, Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, our volunteer center, helped to connect nearly 3,000 community members to volunteer opportunities that benefitted local nonprofit organizations and the people they serve.

“It is our mission to help our community volunteer. We do this by getting the word out about area nonprofits, managing our own quick impact volunteer opportunities that benefit area nonprofit clients, connecting individuals and groups to volunteer opportunities through our easy to use online database, and providing best practices training for volunteer managers.  But I have to say our work is made easier because there is a great culture of caring in our area,”  said Michelle Bennett, director of Hands On Asheville-Buncombe.

Giving back does more than just help your community. Being a volunteer has been shown to improve overall health and recently, another report by CNCS, “Volunteering as a Pathway to Employment”, found that volunteers have 27 percent higher odds of finding a job while out of work than non-volunteers. 

To find volunteer opportunities that fit your schedule and interests visit today.


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