Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism                                                                           December 2017

During the holidays, the spirit of giving is alive and well in Utah and organizations see many individuals looking for ways to give back. But volunteers are needed all year long! UServeUtah is sponsoring the Holiday Service Pledge Drive to encourage individuals to volunteer during the holidays as well as pledge to serve throughout 2018.
We know many people who would love to receive a gift of a service pledge from a loved one in lieu of a gift at the holidays, so take the  pledge  and download a Certificate of Service (available at  UServe.Utah.gov/pledge ).
We hope you'll join the Holiday Service Pledge Drive and commit to help meet community needs in 2018!


Pictured left to right: Principal Aaron Wilson, UServeUtah Commissioner Todd Hansen, Brody's parents, Brody Mangum, UServeUtah Commissioner Richard Gonzalez, and UServeUtah National Service Program Manager Greg Bates.
Brody Mangum is UServeUtah's December AmeriCorps Member of the Month! Brody has served for three years with Read.Graduate.Succeed. at Granite Park Jr. High and is dedicated to making sure that the students he works with have the skills to succeed in school and graduate. He always has a positive attitude and loves the students he works with! Brody has serves as a study group leader. In this role, he facilitates group meetings and discussions with other AmeriCorps members in his area. He has become a mentor to other AmeriCorps members he collaborates with. Brody is not only committed to making a difference in his school, but also in his community. He also volunteers at the Utah food bank and has received the Bronze Presidential Service award. Thanks Brody 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.

Each January, UServeUtah asks Utahns to address the question "What are you doing for others?" by planning projects and volunteering with local nonprofits to celebrate Dr. King's legacy. This annual tradition is known as the Martin Luther King Day of Service, and in celebration, Americans across the country will participate in service projects. Visit MLKDay.gov to find a volunteer opportunity near you, view resources for MLK Day, and register your MLK Day event.

Each year the UServeUtah staff work together and donate a tree for Intermountain Healthcare's Festival of Trees fundraiser. This year the tree was in honor of Utah volunteers, who are the everyday superheroes in our lives. The tree was sold at auction, with 100% of the proceeds going towards helping children at Primary Children's Hospital.

UServeUtah hosted its final  Volunteer Management Training  of the year in Utah County on December 6 and 7. Forty individuals participated in the two-day interactive course, which teaches best practices to recruit, motivate, retain, and manage volunteers.

UServeUtah holds several volunteer management trainings each year in locations throughout the state. Stay tuned to our newsletter or visit our website for more information on training opportunities in 2018.

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.