West Virginia may be an economically depressed state, but when it comes to helping others, money is no object.
Some will say the people who have the least give the most. West Virginia is proving that to be true. A recent report from the financial website Wallet Hub shows West Virginia as a top state in regards to charitable donations.
In fact, the Mountain State was ranked 11th in the nation for having the most generous people. The study was based on how much money was given to charity and how many volunteer hours were worked, among other factors.
“It says we have some really amazing people here in West Virginia and it doesn’t surprise me a bit. We watched it during the flood, we had people from all over West Virginia and from all over the country but a lot of people in West Virginia came together to help people and it’s truly amazing,” said Teri Harlan, United Way Resource Development Director.
Harlan says the United Way receives calls every day from people who need a little help recovering from a challenging life circumstance. In addition to helping people directly, they also work with 44 non profit agencies, like the Red Cross, who can help people get back on their feet.
“Thankfully we have a lot of great partners and resources where we can send people for help. Then we have funding here where we can help them directly,” Harlan added.
If you’re trying to save money for the holidays but would still like to see West Virginia as the top state for charitable contributions, you can contact the United Way of Southern West Virginia to learn more about volunteer opportunities.