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Annual Maine Profile: Volunteering and Civic Health

Each year the Corporation for National Community Service and the National Conference on Citizenship along with its partners at the US Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics update a very comprehensive look at volunteering and civic life in the 50 states, District of Columbia, 51 major cities, and 140 mid-sized cities across the country. Data includes volunteer rates and rankings, civic engagement trends, and analysis.

The annual report data for the entire nation along with several years of prior report information can be found at VolunteeringinAmerica.gov

What is Civic Health?

people walking downtownCompiled civic health indicators show the overall wellbeing of a community. Civic health has a direct bearing on whether an area prospers or struggles and is a critical piece of community development.

A community with strong civic health is more resilient when hardship hits, has more effective governance, and is a better place to live. A weak level of civic health usually indicates a community facing difficulties and finding it hard to address pressing public problems. 

How do communities with strong civic health shine?

Communities with strong civic health have residents that:

  • have experience pulling together all segments of the community to deal with shared concerns through deliberation and action;
  • understand governance and the role of public bodies as well as the opportunities and challenges that arise when public, nonprofit, and/or for-profit entities interface; and
  • have a history of voluntarily contributing their time, talent, and resources to projects or activities that benefit others in the community.
  • have strong personal supports in family and friends;
  • are connected to community members and have a basic sense of trust;
  • form opinions and plans based on not just their personal views but also impartial information;

View the sections on the right to see multiple years of Maine data.