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Only 19.1 percent of Florida residents report participating in volunteer activities, placing Florida in 50th place nationally.

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Volunteerism and US Civil Society

Social scientists have long noted that volunteerism plays a significantly larger role in American civic life than it does in other countries. In fact, Americans are 15 percent more likely to volunteer their time than the Dutch, 21 percent more likely than the Swiss, and 32 percent more likely than Germans. And yet, despite these statistics, they have begun to raise alarm bells about a decline in US volunteerism.

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A number of factors influence Florida’s civic infrastructure. Florida is a retirement destination for many who move from other states as well as residents who divide their time between Florida and their home state. This transitory nature of Florida’s residents can result in a reduction in the overall lack of concern for the state’s long-term issues. In addition, Florida’s vast geography from the Panhandle to the Keys results in regional differences in economy that while adding to Florida’s rich diversity also presents challenges for implementing state-wide policies.

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  • Florida was ranked 44th in 2016 ranking of the Most
    Charitable States
  • 19.1% of residents volunteer, ranking them 50th among the 50 states and Washington, DC.



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