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DATE: July 28, 2009 7:13:50 AM PDT
Washington Campus Compact Announces Cumulative Service Numbers
College-Student Volunteers Contribute More Than 800,000 Hours of Service

Contact: Brian Heinrich, (360) 650-4147, brian.heinrich@wwu.edu

BELLINGHAM – In conjunction with the release of Volunteering in America, a report on national volunteering by the Corporation for National and Community Service, Washington Campus Compact (WACC) has released data on the scope of volunteering through national service programs at its 35 member campuses throughout Washington state.

During the 2008-2009 academic year, more than 15,000 college students volunteered through WACC-managed national service programs such as Learn and Serve and AmeriCorps. College students volunteered more than 800,000 hours of time and, based on the Independent Sector’s valuation of $20.37 per hour of volunteer time, their time was worth over $17 million in value to the communities where college student volunteers live and attend college.

The WACC-directed national service programs, Learn and Serve, the AmeriCorps Retention Project, WACC VISTA, and Students in Service AmeriCorps, reported the following volunteer numbers for the 2008-2009 academic year:

“These programs benefit both the students and the communities that are served by them,” said Jennifer Dorr, executive director of Washington Campus Compact. “For example, college students that participate in Washington Campus Compact programs indicate that they have increased their work-force skills and are also better prepared for a career after graduation.”

The National Report on Volunteering reports that 36.9 percent of college students in Washington state actively volunteer. The National Report on Volunteering lists the national average for college student volunteering at 26.3 percent; Washington ranks 5th nationally for college student volunteering.

“Volunteering in America 2009” is based on data obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics through a “volunteering supplement” to the Current Population Survey from 2002 to 2008. Volunteers are defined as persons who did unpaid work through or for an organization. The report includes information for all 50 states, Washington DC, and 198 cities, including 51 large cities, 75 mid-size cities, and 72 additional cities, based on Metropolitan Statistical Areas.  This information includes the volunteer rate; the types of organizations through which residents serve; their main volunteering activities, the average hours per year and volunteer rates for age and gender demographic groups, and key trends and highlights. View the report at VolunteeringInAmerica.gov

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that each year engages four million Americans of all ages and backgrounds through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America programs. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

Established in 1992 and hosted at Western Washington University, WACC is committed to providing meaningful experiences for students to become active, engaged leaders in their communities, furthering the civic and public purposes of higher education, and strengthening communities. WACC has 35 college and university members throughout Washington state. It is an affiliate state office of Campus Compact, a national organization comprised of more than 1,200 colleges and universities committed to the civic and public purposes of higher education.

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