St. Louis, Kansas City rank high in volunteerism

St. Louis, Kansas City rank high in volunteerism

Credit: AP Images for Rebuilding Together

** COMMERCIAL IMAGE ** In this photograph taken by AP Images for Rebuilding Together, Chris Chase and Nell Alexander take time off from their jobs at Sears in Chicago to volunteer with Rebuilding Together's Fifty for Five, to help rebuild 50 homes in five days in the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010. Rebuilding Together, a national non-profit, created Fifty for Five to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and has rebuilt more than 750 homes in the Gulf Coast since 2005. (Cheryl Gerber/AP Images for Rebuilding Together)

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Associated Press

Posted on December 17, 2013 at 6:13 AM

 ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A new report says the St. Louis and Kansas City areas are among nation’s most generous metro regions when it comes to volunteering.

The Volunteering and Civic Life in America report released Monday ranked the St. Louis metropolitan area eighth and the Kansas City region 11th for volunteer service in 2012. Minneapolis-St. Paul ranked No. 1 among cities, followed by Rochester, N.Y.

Missouri as a whole ranked 15th among states. Utah was No. 1, followed by Minnesota.

The report says about one-third of residents in Missouri’s two largest metro areas did some form of volunteering in 2012.

The report was released by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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