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Wanted: Helping hands

Stephanie Dickson, a team leader with the Youth Volunteer Corps, helps Andres Rodriguez, 9, with a game of pin-the-nose-on-the-clown. The children were at Camp Creativity at Arts for All. The Youth Volunteer Corps is a program of the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona.

Stephanie Dickson, a team leader with the Youth Volunteer Corps, helps Andres Rodriguez, 9, with a game of pin-the-nose-on-the-clown. The children were at Camp Creativity at Arts for All. The Youth Volunteer Corps is a program of the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona.

Volunteering has become something of an American passion.

After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, President Bush urged Americans to step forward and volunteer to help their fellow citizens. And the call was heeded.

Between 9/11 and the devastation of Hurricane Katrina four years later, the numbers of Americans who donated their time to community causes increased by almost 10 percent – from 59.8 million volunteers in 2002 to 65.4 million in 2005.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, an agency of the federal government, said the upward trend in volunteering “represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to tap into Americans’ ingenuity, civic mindedness and generosity to build powerful new solutions to old problems in our communities.”

But in Arizona, we are less likely to volunteer than are people in many other states.

Nonetheless, there are many outstanding examples of people in our own community who donate their most precious resource: time.

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VOLUNTEERING RATE

Percent of the residents who regularly volunteer:

1 Utah 48%

2 Nebraska 42.8%

3 Minnesota 40.7%

4 Iowa 39.2%

5 Alaska 38.9%

45 Arizona 24.9%

47 West Virginia 24.6%

48 Florida 24.1%

49 Louisiana 22.7%

50 New York 21.3%

51 Nevada 18.8%

VOLUNTEERING INTENSITY

Hours per year the median resident volunteers:

1 Utah 96

2 Idaho 64

3 Arizona 60

3 Maryland 60

3 Montana 60

47 Nebraska 44

48 Iowa 43

49 South Dakota 40

49 Wisconsin 40

51 North Dakota 36

Source: Corporation for National and Community Service

SENIOR VOLUNTEERS

Percent of people older than 65 who regularly volunteer:

1 Utah 51.8%

2 Minnesota 42.2%

3 Nebraska 40.6%

4 South Dakota 38%

5 North Dakota 35.7%

23 Arizona 25.7%

46 Louisiana 18.6%

46 Tennessee 18.6%

46 Rhode Island 18.6%

49 Hawaii 17.6%

50 New York 17.4%

51 Nevada 13.7%

BABY BOOMER VOLUNTEERS

Percent of those born 1946-64 who regularly volunteer:

1 Utah 50.7%

2 Nebraska 48.2%

3 South Dakota 46.9%

4 Minnesota 46.1%

5 Iowa 45.1%

5 Wyoming 45.1%

44 Arizona 28.2%

47 Florida 27.4%

48 West Virginia 25.9%

49 Louisiana 25.7%

50 New York 25.3%

51 Nevada 21.9%

Eddy Bustillos, 10, looks at his painted face with volunteer Daniela Lopez.

Eddy Bustillos, 10, looks at his painted face with volunteer Daniela Lopez.

Volunteers Gilbert Ruiz (right) and Matthew Rodriguez (rear) hold a limbo stick.

Volunteers Gilbert Ruiz (right) and Matthew Rodriguez (rear) hold a limbo stick.

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HOW TO VOLUNTEER

Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona: www.volunteersoaz.org

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