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Wisconsin has 8th highest percentage of volunteerism

MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - Wisconsinites are more generous than most in donating their time to improve their communities.  

New rankings released Monday show that Wisconsin had the nation's 8th-highest percentage of residents who volunteered for something last year.  

The Corporation for National and Community Service said an estimated 36 percent of Badger State adults were volunteers -- higher than the national norm of 25 percent.  

The group said Wisconsin volunteers served for an estimated 165 million hours in 2012.

Corporation CEO Wendy Spencer said Wisconsinites should be proud of what she called their "strong leadership in volunteering." She said volunteers enrich their communities, connect with their neighbors, and use their talents for the common good.  

Nationally, about 64.5 million American adults volunteered for almost eight billion hours. If you were to buy those services, it would have cost around $175 billion.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)