Volunteering in Maryland
Volunteering is a Maryland tradition, reaching as far back as 1633 when the Maryland Charter established its first militia. From that point in history, Maryland citizens have continued to dedicate their time and effort to protecting and preserving the environment, mentoring and tutoring young people, feeding the hungry and homeless, donating time and money to nonprofits, and countless other services to communities.
Today, Maryland citizens continue to dedicate themselves to creating a stronger Maryland. According to a 2015 report on volunteering in the United States released by the Corporation for National and Community Service,
- 1.3 million Maryland citizens volunteer each year;
- Maryland volunteers provide 153.8 million hours of service;
- The value of Marylanders’ service is $3.9 billion to local citizens and communities.
- 60.6% of residents engage in “informal volunteering” (i.e. doing favors for their neighbors).