A report just out from the Maine Commission for Community Service states a “Report on Volunteering and Civic Life Holds Good News About Maine.” According to the annual update, Volunteering and Civic Life in America, Maine teens and college students rank high among those in other states for commitment to volunteerism.
- The rate of volunteering among teenagers (44 percent) places Maine number one in the ranking of states. Like exercise and many other habits, volunteering and engagement in community or civic life are habits that, if formed early, last a lifetime. Equally important is the fact involvement in community life as a service volunteer rather than service recipient supports positive youth development.
- Maine’s strong showing with regard to volunteering by college students (37 percent of students, sixth highest in the nation) is followed by a strong rate of volunteering among young adults just beyond college age. The rate of volunteering among young adults (34 percent) earned Maine a rank of number two in the nation.
Here at UMaine, we know how involved our students are, and we are grateful for your service to your fellow students and the surrounding communities.
To read the entire press release for more highlights on Maine, click Maine Service Commission News.
For more information on how to get involved, visit the Bodwell Center on the 3rd floor of the Memorial Union or at www.umaine.edu/volunteer.