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Bloomington Volunteers More than State and National Averages

February 21, 2012

For more information, please contact:
Bet Savich, City of Bloomington Volunteer Network, 349.3472,
Brian Robinson, Interim Communications Director, City of Bloomington, 349.3406,

Bloomington Volunteers More than State and National Averages

Bloomington IN - According to research released by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service, more people in Bloomington volunteer than both the Hoosier and the national averages. The average volunteer rate in Bloomington is 34%, the Indiana rate is 28% and the U.S. rate is 26%.

Bloomington residents also volunteer more hours per year, averaging 50 hours in 2010. In contrast, Hoosiers volunteered 37 hours per resident and the national average was 34 hours. (Volunteering in America Report 2010;

"I'm not surprised to learn that people in Bloomington volunteer as much as they do," said Mayor Mark Kruzan. "Bloomingtonians really care about this town. Volunteers fill crucial voids in our community. Without their time, their expertise and their labor, we wouldn't have the quality of life we enjoy. We have so many fine nonprofit organizations where people can put their talents to work, volunteering in leadership positions, as pro-bono professional consultants, and throughout the organizations at all levels."

Eighty one local organizations responded to the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network's 2011 member agency survey, a 36% response rate. They reported a total of 437,885 volunteer hours logged locally. Using Independent Sector's estimate of the dollar value of volunteer time, Bloomington volunteers at those reporting agencies provided services valued at over $7.5 million to our community. Clearly, volunteers provide a powerful economic and social benefit.

The survey results also made clear the importance of Indiana University student volunteers, with 83% of the respondents considering them either essential, very important or important to their operational success.

In addition, the survey shed light on who is managing these critical volunteer resources in our nonprofits. Approximately 19% of local organizations employed a paid, full-time volunteer resource manager, 49% paid someone to manage volunteers on a part-time basis, and 32% utilize volunteers as volunteer managers.

The City of Bloomington Volunteer Network mobilizes volunteers to address community issues and build on community assets. It seeks to build a strong, healthy and engaged community by connecting volunteers of all ages with opportunities to serve and by providing resources to volunteers and agencies to build creative and effective volunteer projects, programs and partnerships. Membership in the Volunteer Network is free and open to all area nonprofits and governmental programs that utilize volunteers.

For more information, contact Bet Savich, City of Bloomington Volunteer Network, 349.3472, For volunteer opportunities, visit

View 2011 Annual Report (PDF 9.80 MB)

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