Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism                                                                                  February 2018

Learn best practices to effectively recruit, retain, motivate, and manage volunteers by registering for one our upcoming volunteer management training trainings. To learn more visit our website at www.userve.utah.gov/volunteer-management . For question, e-mail Mary at mbuehler@utah.gov.


March 22 - 23 | Southwestern Utah | Register 
Professional Development Volunteer Management Training
Dixie Applied Technology College, St. George 

April 12 | Richfield, UT | Register
FEMA G-489  Management of Spontaneous Volunteers in Disasters
Location TBD

May 9 - 10 | Salt Lake County | Register
Professional Development Volunteer Management Training
Department of Human Services Building, Salt Lake City

June 28 - 29 | Southwestern Utah
UNA Volunteer Management Credential Badge Training (Intermediate)
Dixie Applied Technology College, St. George 

August 14 & 21 | Salt Lake City
Location TBD
Registration will open at a later date.

December | Utah County
Professional Development Volunteer Management Training
Mountainland Applied Technology College - Thanksgiving Point Campus
Registration will open at a later date. 

UServeUtah will be accepting applications for the operation of Utah State AmeriCorps programs. AmeriCorps provides support to nonprofits, community organizations, and public agencies committed to addressing critical issues in areas such as education, public safety, health, economic opportunity, the environment, and other human needs. Grantees and sponsoring organizations are responsible for recruiting, selecting, and managing members. New programs selected through this process will begin operation in the fall of 2018.

The application process will be explained in detail in mandatory AmeriCorps Funding Technical Assistance Meetings. Those interested in applying must attend one of the following meetings:
March 19 - Provo, UT
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Provo City Library Rm 309, 
550 North University Ave .
March 22 - Salt Lake City, UT
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Utah State Library Rm 219, 250 North 1950 West
March 28 - Ogden, UT
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Pleasant Valley Branch Boardroom, Weber County Library, 5568 S Adams Ave.  
March 30th -  Webinar, if needed
1:00 - 4:00 PM
RSVP for Webinar information
To reserve a space at any of these meetings, please contact 
Corynn Benoit at  cbenoit@utah.gov.

For more information on 2018 AmeriCorps funding, visit userve.utah.gov/americorps-funding-timeline.

UServeUtah hosted AmeriCorps Day on the Hill at the Capitol on January 31st to educate legislators on the purpose and impact of AmeriCorps programs in Utah. This included recognition of AmeriCorps on the House and Senate floors, sponsored by Rep. Becky Edwards and Sen. Ann Millner. We extend our deep gratitude to each of them. We also wish to thank Representatives Stratton, Weight, Edwards, Robertson, Briscoe, Cutler, Kwan and Dunnigan, as well as, Senators Weiler, Bramble and Dayton for attending our open luncheon in the Capitol's Centennial Room. The event was a great opportunity to network and spread the word about the impact AmeriCorps is creating here in Utah.

Alex Gale of Boys & Girls Clubs of Utah County  is UServeUtah's February AmeriCorps Member of the Month! She is doing her second term of service with the AmeriCorps Uta h STEM Initiative. Alex has worked to develop and implement engaging STEM lessons during each day, especially through activities relating to the various kids' interests. Some of the clubs she's worked with this year include: Gingerbread Architecture where kids planned, drew blue prints, modeled, and then made gingerbread houses; CSI Club where kids learned about DNA and the science of crime scene investigations, and got to examine their fingerprints; and a 5-Senses club where 1st-3rd grade students get to do different activities that explore how their five different senses work.  All of her hard work, willingness to help however she can, and her excitement for her AmeriCorps service make her an invaluable asset to this program. Alex exemplifies the values in the AmeriCorps pledge. She "gets things done" and makes a huge impact on the youth she serves. Thanks Alex for your 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
Carbon, Emery, Grande, San Juan, or Tooele Counties

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) Utah State Office is offering a grant funding opportunity for eligible organizations to operate and manage a Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) local project in the geographic area indicated above. FGP provides a way for volunteers ages 55 and over to stay active by serving children and youth in their communities. Foster Grandparents are role models, mentors, and friends to children with exceptional needs. To learn more, visit : www.nationalservice.gov/SeniorCorps_Replacement_Grants

Join United Way of Salt Lake  and 250 volunteers to promote reading! March 2 is Dr. Seuss Day, and we need all Seuss fans to share their love of reading with students. Volunteer for a couple of hours in an elementary school to read with students and help them with Dr. Seuss themed activities, games, and crafts. Pick from a variety of projects and schools in Kearns, South Salt Lake, Midvale, Sandy, or West Valley. Learn more and sign up at  seuss.uw.org

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.