About this Website

Welcome to the Volunteering and Civic Life in America website. This site shows how states and cities rank on different factors related to volunteering and civic engagement.

Find out how Volunteering and Civic Engagement are measured

The data for this website were collected through two supplements to the Current Population Survey (CPS); the Volunteer Supplement and the Civic Supplement. The CPS is a monthly survey of about 60,000 households, (approximately 100,000 adults) conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The selected supplements collect data on the volunteering, voting, and civic activities of adults age 16 and older for volunteering and 18 and older for the civic supplement. 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. View the Technical Note for more information on how this information was collected.

Learn about efforts to mobilize more volunteers and promote civic engagement

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), an independent federal agency, plays a vital role in supporting the American culture of citizenship, service and responsibility and is a leading grantmaker in support of service and volunteering. In collaboration with partners, including volunteer and service-driven organizations across the country, CNCS produces Volunteering and Civic Life in America as part of its mission to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. Through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund, and other programs and initiatives, CNCS provides opportunities for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to serve their communities and address critical needs. CNCS also partners with the National Conference on Citizenship to annually assess the civic health of America's communities, providing civic leaders a means to identify ways to strengthen the participation of citizens in making a positive impact in their communities. To learn more, visit www.nationalservice.gov.

At the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), we believe everyone has the power to make a difference in how their community and country thrive.

We are a dynamic, non-partisan nonprofit working at the forefront of our nation’s civic life. We continuously explore what shapes today’s citizenry, define the evolving role of the individual in our democracy, and uncover ways to motivate greater participation. Through our events, research, and reports, NCoC expands our nation’s contemporary understanding of what it means to be a citizen. We seek new ideas and approaches for creating greater civic health and vitality throughout the United States.

NCoC was chartered by Congress in 1953 to harness the patriotic energy and national civic involvement surrounding World War II, and we’ve been invigorated by this charge ever since. In 2009, Congress recognized the importance of our role once again and expanded our Civic Health Assessment to become the nation’s largest and most definitive measure of civic engagement. Today, we continue to discover and share best practices in civic engagement. To learn more information, visit http://www.ncoc.net.

See more information on the data available on this website

The Data Definition Table defines terms used within the charts, graphs, and related information for the nation, U.S. regions, states, large cities, and mid-size cities.

Glossary

View the Glossary to find definitions to selected terms and phrases on this Website.

Questions?

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This is an official website of the U.S. Government and is the result of the partnership between the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the Congressionally-chartered National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC).