AR Volunteers

September 18, 2003  -- Posted at 7:18 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  --A new state study finds that more than 349-thousand Arkansans spent time volunteering last year.

The annual Economic Impact of Arkansas Volunteers survey says volunteers logged about 18 and a-half (m) million volunteer hours, valued at more than 339 (m) million dollars.

The first copy of the 2002 booklet was presented to Governor Huckabee at a celebration yesterday at the Governor's Mansion.

The study was compiled by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and includes information from 781 public and private agencies. A spokeswoman with the Department of Human Services' Volunteerism Division says the study helps Arkansas agencies and private nonprofit groups gauge support they're getting.

Agencies also can use the figures to show their potential for garnering donations, as required for some grants.

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