Despite recession, more volunteering in America

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly 62 million Americans volunteered for something in 2008, the largest total in the past four years.

A report by the government-run Corporation for National and Community Service says that's more than 25 percent of the country's population, and Americans spent more than eight billion hours in volunteer work.

The top volunteer activity was fundraising, with collecting and distributing food second, general labor third and tutoring and teaching fourth.

California had the largest number of volunteers, with about seven million. But the largest percentage of volunteers actually comes from the nation's rural areas, at 28 percent. It's slightly less from the suburbs and 22 percent from urban areas.

And, while more whites spend time volunteering, blacks spend more time at volunteer activities.

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