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Twin Cities ranked second among large cities in volunteerism rate

A national survey of volunteerism ranks the Twin Cities as second among large metro areas for percentage of residents who chip in.

Among states, Minnesota is fourth, according to the survey by the Corporation for National & Community Service.

In the Twin Cities, 35.5 percent of residents, or 975,200 people, volunteered in 2014. And nearly 60 percent donated $25 more to charity.

The Twin Cities had been at the top of the list in the past, but Salt Lake City topped us this time, with 37.5 percent of residents volunteering.

Statewide, Minnesota showed a 35.3 percent volunteerism rate; that’s about 1.5 million people. And 60.6 percent donated $25 or more.

The national volunteerism rate was 25.3 percent, according to the survey.

Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, said:

“Whether tutoring students or connecting veterans to services or responding to natural disasters, Americans are doing extraordinary things to improve lives and strengthen communities. As they serve others, volunteers help themselves by learning new skills, increasing job prospects, and even improving their health.”

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