CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Civic participation shows a community’s willingness to address the unmet needs of its residents. This can be impacted by several factors, including how connected residents feel to the place they live.

 

The majority of Miami-Dade County residents are transplants from out of the state or country, which may explain our lower engagement rates. Encouragement from employers, along with the continued investment in Miami’s growing volunteer platforms and civic leadership incubators, will help address this issue.

 

We identified the following goal and metrics below as a good target for our success:

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Goal: Miami-Dade Has an Engaged Citizenry

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

Civic engagement leverages the time and talent of residents to address unmet needs within a community and increases the responsiveness of government.

WHAT ELSE IS AFFECTED?

Volunteering increases the likelihood that residents will stay employed.

VOTER PARTICIPATION
High levels of voter turnout help ensure that public policy reflects the desire of the electorate.
Miami-Dade residents vote at levels that are comparable to major metros, and higher than the U.S. average.
Source: Florida Department of State
Data Showing: Central County

% OF RESIDENTS THAT VOLUNTEER
Volunteering provides positive benefits to both the community and the volunteers themselves.
In a recent study, Miami metro residents were found to volunteer the least among major metros. Just 15% of residents volunteer, versus 27% for the US.
Source: Florida Department of State
Data Showing: Metro-level

CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS (AS A % OF ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME)
Charitable giving is crucial in addressing community needs that can’t be solved by local government.
Miami-Dade county residents donate to charities at a much lower rate than residents at other major metros.
Source: IRS
Data Showing: Central County

% OF RESIDENTS AGE 25 TO 34 THAT VOLUNTEER
Early participation in volunteer activities promotes lifelong civic involvement.
Young adults in Miami-Dade volunteer at a lower rate than other major metros.
Source: Corporation for National & Community Service Data Showing: Metro-level