Wednesday, June 10, 2015


It's interesting to see what can occur when a metro area has short commutes and a manageable cost of living (more on that later.)  One would expect that the populace would have more time and a world view that does not revolve around finances...i.e. a perfect blend for a high rate of volunteerism and charitable giving.  But does this outcome actually occur? Here are two data points which would suggest that the answer is yes:

  • According to a report by the Corporation for National and Community Service which looked at data from 2010-2012, Rochester had the second highest rate of volunteerism (35.1%) among 51 large metro areas.  What makes this statistic even more impressive is that 2013 data showed New York State to have the second lowest rate of volunteerism among all states.  Having lived in downstate New York, it's obvious that just getting to work and worrying about what you're going to buy at the mall can be quite time consuming.
  • The United Way of Greater Rochester exceeded its 2015 fundraising goal.  For perspective, the $24.3 million raised was more than the Buffalo and Syracuse areas combined.

1 comment:

  1. Always love to see the stats about generosity of people around Rochester.