If you live in Minneapolis, Salt Lake City or Austin, you're more likely to volunteer in your community than if you live in other metro areas, says a report out today by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
It's not that people in those cities are necessarily kinder or gentler. They just have the right circumstances for volunteering: They feel connected to their communities, have more education, own their own homes, spend less time commuting and have more opportunities to give back, the report says.
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For instance, 70% of Minneapolis-area families own their own homes. It had the highest overall volunteer rate at 40.5%, says the report. By contrast, Honolulu, where only 49% own homes, ranked 42nd with a 23.3% rate of volunteering.
And New York City where the vast majority of people rent? We came in at #48, with an 18.7% rate of volunteering.
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When you live in a community that's seen as a temporary stop on the way to somewhere better, send your kids to crappy schools and spend half your time getting back and forth to work, then what's the point?