Study shows 1 in 4 SC residents volunteer time, give back

Study shows 1 in 4 SC residents volunteer time, give back

SC (WMBF) - The holiday season tends to highlight acts of kindness and opportunities to give back. One in four South Carolinians volunteered through an organization and two-thirds helped their neighbors in 2013, according to a new federal study.

Based off research from the the annual Volunteering and Civic Life in America, shows that service to others continues to be a priority for hundreds of thousands of South Carolinians.

Nearly 25 percent, or 776,000 South Carolina residents gave their time and volunteered through an organization last year.

Altogether, South Carolinians volunteered nearly 96.7 million hours last year, the study shows. The estimated value of this volunteer service is nearly $2.2 billion, based on the Independent Sector's estimate of the average value of a volunteer's hours.

More than 66 percent helped neighbors through informal volunteer opportunities, like: watching their children, helping with shopping, or house sitting.

Other civic health indicators from the report found that 92.5 percent of South Carolinians (well above the national average of 68.5 percent) have dinner with their family virtually every day, while 45 percent frequently talk with neighbors.

The research shows that the overall national rate of volunteering is slightly lower than the previous year yet remains strong and stable, and that Americans' commitment to volunteering spans across generations.