OURAY COUNTY: Local volunteerism steady despite nationwide decline
By Sheridan Block
Despite the troubling trend nationwide showing a decline in volunteerism, the spirit of serving remains consistent in Ouray County.
In a report titled "So Volunteerism is Declining: Now What?" released earlier this spring, organized by Bridget Hartnett and Ron Matan, Certified Public Accountants at Sobel and Co., LLC, in New Jersey, the number of volunteers nationally in 2013 dropped to a new record low since the data was first collected in 2002.
Last year, the percentage of Americans over the age of 16 who said they volunteered with an organization at least once during the year fell from 26.5 percent in 2012 to 25.4 percent. The report noted that the decline represents millions of people who are no longer contributing their time and effort to organizations where volunteerism is essential for the organization's success.
Volunteers are important because they save the organization money; bring diverse skills and experiences; are enthusiastic, energetic and passionate; and, are effective at communicating the organization's mission to the community.
The report noted that at least...