The good news is in 2008 30.7 percent of people in Austin volunteered. That rate puts the city at #11 among large cities in the United States. This is indeed a totally decent ranking.
The bad news is in 2007 35.3 percent of people in Austin volunteered, which put us at #5.
Did I also mention that in 2006 37.9 percent of people in Austin volunteered, which put as at #3?
In just two years we lost 7 percent in our rate of volunteerism. This is not because we don’t need more volunteers.
Why are we sinking? I know there are many people who are trying to figure that out so they can do something about it. All I know is, if we were dropping like this in our ranking of “best places for start-ups” or “best places for tech” more people would be doing some serious scrambling. Where will we rank in volunteerism for 2009?