Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism                                                                                  March 2018
AmeriCorps Utah Member Gathering | 2018
UServeUtah hosted the AmeriCorps Utah Member Gathering on March 6 th , 2018 at the Provo Marriott for approximately 500 attendees. The event featured rousing keynote speeches from David Litvack and Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox. Breakout sessions focused on personal finance, the AmeriCorps Education Award, self care, recruiting and retaining volunteers, service and engagement, navigating conflict, and diversity and inclusion. The event also featured several large service projects which created stuffed monsters for children receiving treatment at the Utah Valley Hospital, hygiene kits donated to Lifting Hands International which will be sent to refugees overseas, and mats and quilts that were made in partnership with Stitching Hearts Worldwide.
Welcome New UserveUtah Staff!
Katrina Mamiya-Hruska
National Service Program Support Specialist
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Katrina moved to Salt Lake City in 2014 by way of Charlotte, North Carolina. She is a proud graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, as well as two AmeriCorps programs - Building Healthy Communities and the ACCESS Project. Prior to joining UServeUtah, Katrina worked with Catholic Community Services of Utah's refugee resettlement program, overseeing the Health Services program. She is currently attending the University of Utah part-time taking prerequisite classes to prepare for a career in healthcare. She is humbled to continue the important work of promoting the values of service and engagement across our vibrant communities in Utah.
Sara Dorsey
Outreach Coordinator
Sara is from Virginia and moved to Utah in 2007 to study public health and international development. Internships and job opportunities took her to Costa Rica and Washington, but she always found her way back to the mountains of Utah. As an Outreach Coordinator for UServeUtah she is working to promote volunteerism throughout the state, inspire Utahns to become engaged in their communities, and educate organizations on available resources to manage volunteers. Interests include design, health education, special education, and promoting STEM in schools. In her spare time she can be found trail running, hiking, rock climbing, and attending every possible pet adoption event.
AmeriCorps Funding Opportunity

UServeUtah is currently accepting applications for AmeriCorps grants. Organizations interested in applying must attend a Request for Proposal training. Please visit our 2018 funding cycle timeline page for details. Sign up today, as these training sessions are being held March 19th through 30th. 

AmeriCorps grants are open to non-profit, government and faith based organizations who are looking to increase their capacity, in order to address a compelling need in our community.

For more information on 2018 AmeriCorps funding, visit userve.utah.gov/americorps-funding-timeline.
Upcoming Training Updates
*NEW DATES* April 19 - 20 | Southwestern Utah | Register 
Professional Development Volunteer Management Training
Dixie Applied Technology College, St. George 

*POSTPONED*  Summer/Fall 2018 | Richfield, UT | Register
FEMA G-489  Management of Spontaneous Volunteers in Disasters
Location TBD

Learn best practices to effectively recruit, retain, motivate, and manage volunteers by registering for one our upcoming volunteer management training courses. To learn more visit our website at  www.userve.utah.gov/volunteer-management . For questions, e-mail Mary at mbuehler@utah.gov.
AmeriCorps Member of the Month
Ashley Murga
Ashley Murga ( center ), pictured with UServeUtah Commissioners Vikram Ravi, Todd Hansen, 
Karen McCandless and Jake Murakami ( left to right )
Ashley Murga of Boys & Girls Clubs of Weber-Davis is UserveUtah's March Americorps Member of the Month! Ashley mentors students at Hillcrest Elementary and the Boys and Girls Club afterschool program. She has established relationships with the students and has become an important member of the school community. Her efforts are helping students improve their attendance and academic performance. She has shown incredible initiative and has fulfilled every responsibility given to her with enthusiasm and competence. She is getting things done in her community and we thank her for her service!

AmeriCorps, also known as the Domestic Peace Corps, engages thousands of Americans nationwide in intensive, results-driven service in areas of education, public safety, health, and the environment. AmeriCorps members serve for up to a year and receive a modest living allowance, training,  and an education scholarship to pay for college or pay back student loans.
Other Announcements
Nonprofit Board Match at Westminster College

Westminster College Delta Mu Delta Honor Society is hosting a Nonprofit Board Match to connect nonprofits with current students In Westminster's Master in Business Administration, Master in Community Leadership, Master of Accountancy, and Master in Business Administration Technology Commercialization graduate programs. The Board Match event will take place at Westminster College on April 12th, 2018 from 6-7:30pm.Interested? Check here or contact Collin Bess at cbess@westminstercollege.edu or call him at 801-832-2207.
23rd Annual Prudential Spirit Award
Tabitha Bell, 17, and Abigail Slama-Catron, 12, both of Sandy, were named Utah's top two youth volunteers of 2018 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.

Tabitha raised more that $75,000 through her nonprofit, "Pawsitive Pawsibilities," to provide six service dogs to people who otherwise could not afford one. Learn more about her efforts here.

Abigail helped invent a "bionic scarecrow" to keep birds away from airplanes as they take off and land at airports, a device that is currently being used at Salt Lake City International Airport. Learn more about her project here.

For information on all of this year's Prudential Spirit of Community State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists, visit https://spirit.prudential.com.
Connect With Us!

The Lt. Governor's Volunteer Recognition Certificate program let's you nominate an outstanding volunteer. Submit your nomination here.  

 

Every volunteer has a story, and we want to hear yours! Share your story  here.