University of Iowa leads nation in volunteering

<p>Article: Iowa</a> City No. 2 in nation for volunteering | press-citizen.com | Iowa City Press Citizen</p>

<p>Sounds like a great community. The city is second in the nation for volunteering, the Iowa college vontuneering is second, and the rate of mentering adults jumped to 5th in the nation.</p>

<p>What could have influence Iowa City community leading second for volunteering?
Possibly the Pick One program required for all entering freshmen, and also the flood of 2008 which from my reading the worst recorded.
<a href="http://www.uiowa.edu/admissions/undergrad/majors/pick-one.htm%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.uiowa.edu/admissions/undergrad/majors/pick-one.htm&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Thanks for posting this, CB...</p>

<p>Rather than programs like PickOne influencing this number, I think it is the other way around. I think PickOne is an outgrowth of a culture that seems to permeate Iowa and Iowa City, around community engagement and outreach. I think people in Iowa are very down-to-earth, kind and caring people, and one of the reasons I am very happy that my D decided to enroll there. </p>

<p>I would hypothesize that this grows out of a work ethic in an economy centered around farming and manufacturing, a relatively stable population, and a state where people live and move to raise families, not to get rich quick. </p>

<p>Iowa and Iowa City is not without issues, challenges, and problems by any stretch (you can read the headlines about crime, drugs, poverty, etc.), but when I think of Iowa and Iowa City in general, the terms wholesome, warm, thoughtful, genuine and caring come to mind.</p>