Louisiana consistently has ranked high in surveys that measure volunteer activity in the states. So we weren’t surprised that a new statewide survey shows one of every two adults in Louisiana does volunteer work in the community.

The survey, released by Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, was commissioned by Volunteer Louisiana, which acts as a clearinghouse for volunteer efforts across the state. The survey was conducted by LSU’s Public Policy Research Lab and involved telephone questioning of 720 people in all 64 parishes.

Those interested in pursuing volunteer opportunities in Louisiana can visit http://www.volunteerlousiana.gov or call (225) 342-2038. Cutbacks in state funding for services, coupled with the prospect of cuts in federal spending for community initiatives, make the role of community volunteers all the more important.

We urge residents to get involved. As most volunteers already know, those who stand to gain the most from volunteering are the volunteers themselves. The satisfaction that comes from helping someone else is difficult for any survey to measure.