CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Volunteerism

Volunteerism is an indicator of community connectedness. It contributes to both healthy neighborhoods and communities, as well as civic pride.

Click "Change Filter" in the above chart to view volunteer rates prior to 2012.

20.6%

Volunteerism
 in Clark County in 2017

24.4%

Volunteerism
in Nevada in 2017

30.3%

Volunteerism
in the U.S. in 2017

Southern Nevada's volunteer rate among lowest in the country

One in five Southern Nevadans volunteer in their community, which is nearly a third less than the average American. At just over 20 percent, the region ranks 49th among the 50 largest metro areas, ahead of only Miami at 18.7 percent.


The silver lining: Southern Nevada's volunteer rate is back above 20 percent for the first time since 2011 and has been on the upswing since 2012. Since 2004, the first year data is available, the region's volunteer rate has jumped more than 50 percent. During the same time frame, the national volunteer rate increased 5 percent.


Nationally, approximately one in three adults (30.3%) volunteered through an organization in 2017, the highest rate since the Corporation for National and Community Service began tracking volunteering data.


Among cities, Minneapolis-St. Paul (46.3 percent) once again ranks first, with Rochester, N.Y. (45.6 percent), Salt Lake City (45 percent), Milwaukee, Wisc. (44.6 percent), and Portland, Ore., (44.3 percent) trailing just behind.

About the data

Volunteers are considered individuals who performed unpaid volunteer activities through or for an organization at any point during the 12-month period (from September 1 of the prior year through the survey week in September of the survey year), according to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).


CNCS compiles and calculates national data on volunteering. It publishes "Volunteering in America" annually as part of its efforts to expand the reach and impact of volunteers in the U.S. The report uses data collected through a supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS): the Civic Engagement and Volunteering Supplement. The CPS is a monthly survey of about 60,000 households (approximately 100,000 adults), conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau on behalf of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The selected supplements collect data on the volunteering, voting, and civic activities of adults age 16 and older.


CNCS is a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and leads the nation's volunteering and service efforts. CNCS's ongoing research is among the most comprehensive data on American volunteering, and it includes a volunteer data profile for all states and major metropolitan areas.


To learn more about volunteering in Southern Nevada or for additional information on the data presented above, contact Southern Nevada Strong.

Last updated: March 2019