Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism                                                                          September 2017

UServeUtah is pleased to announce that Utah has received continued Amer iCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). UServeUtah has awarded grants to the f ollowing nonprofit organizations across the state:

Have you been searching for answers to questions such as:
  • What is the best way to recruit, retain, motivate, and manage volunteers?
  • How do I assess my volunteer needs?
  • How can I develop relevant, skills-based volunteer roles and opportunities that attract and retain high caliber volunteers to address critical social needs in my community?
Find the answers to these questions and more at our Introductory Volunteer Managment training on December 6 & 7 in Lehi. Our two-day, interactive workshop offers key tools and techniques for managing volunteers in nonprofits, government, and beyond.

Sign up by November 6 for the early bird price of $48. The regular cost is $65.

For more information, visit UServe.Utah.gov/volunteer-management or contact Mary Buehler at mbuehler@utah.gov.


Organizations that make volunteers a key part of their work and manage them well are able to see 3-6 times their return on investment. Still, buy-in from all stake holders is not always easy to achieve. This training gives volunteer managers the tools to approach program changes in a strategic way and increase overall organizational effectiveness. Volunteer coordinators who have attended UServeUtah's intro-level volunteer management training will dive deeper into topics like recruitment and retention and be introduced to new ones in this brand new, never-before-taught curriculum.

The Utah Nonprofits Association (UNA) Volunteer Management Credential Badge Training, presented by UServeUtah, is on November 1 & November 14 in Salt Lake City with a mandatory workshop on January 30.

For more information, visit UNA's website or contact Mary Buehler at mbuehler@utah.gov.


We at UServeUtah, in partnership with World Trade Center Utah, were excited to sponsor our first annual service project for September 11 Day of Service and Remembrance. Over 50 volunteers from 10 different organizations came together at the Catholic Community Services Day Center and Dining Hall, to serve 360 meals, prepare food for 1200 sack lunches, install 80 shelves, organize donations of art supplies, and pre-prep a fence for paint later in the week. See World Trade Center Utah's press release for more details.

Speaker Hughes cleaning up trays with Monica Rich, Volunteer Coordinator for Homeless Services at Catholic Community Services. Volunteers scraping rust off the fence at Catholic Community Services.
Volunteers from the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts prepping for lunch at the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall. Lt. Governor Cox serving lunch at the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall.

The UServeUtah AmeriCorps Member of the Month for September is  Anthony Roncher! Anthony became a new crew leader for  Canyon Country Youth Corps (CCYC) in 2017 after serving as a CCYC member in 2016. Anthony, along with his co-leader, worked hard to create a strong family-like crew with attentive and excited crew members. This is not an easy feat with 14-17-year-olds on their summer break, but Anthony succeeded. He has taught these new sawyers the skills and nuances of chainsaw use and maintenance, including keeping safety, efficiency, and preparedness in mind.  Anthony also guided a crew in building quality trails and fences in the La Sal Mountains during the summer. He continues to promote enthusiasm and attentiveness among his crew as they move forward to undertake new projects. Congratulations Anthony! 

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.

Luane is pictured with UServeUtah Commission Chair Debbie Hardy and Mark Thomas of the Lt. Governor's office.
UServeUtah was pleased to award the Power of Service Award to Luane Jensen at the September Commission meeting. Luane was recognized for her outstanding service to the city of South Jordan, where she has lived for more than 44 years. Jensen dedicates approximately 250-300 service hours to South Jordan City annually and has an even more extensive volunteer history as a dedicated scout leader. See our press release  for more details.

Power of Service Awardees are selected from the pool of Lt. Governor's Volunteer Recognition Certificate recipients.

UServeUtah is looking for feedback from businesses across Utah about employee engagement and employee volunteer programs. Please take a few minutes to share the following surveys with your community partners or business contacts, as the survey results will help inform the direction we give business who are looking to develop corporate social impact programs.

Businesses  with  an employee volunteer program, please use the following link:

Businesses  without  an employee volunteer program, please use the following link:


Join us for the 19th annual Utah Philanthropy Day luncheon on Thursday, November 16, at the Grand America in Salt Lake City. Utah Philanthropy Day, hosted by UServeUtah, Utah Nonprofits Association, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals Utah Chapter, celebrates philanthropic and volunteer efforts in Utah. S ee the press release for a list of the 2017 award honorees.

Through October 15, Utah organizations can still nominate individuals for the  Heart & Hands Award.  This award acknowledges individuals who make significant contributions through volunteer or philanthropic service. Each Heart & Hands Award honoree will receive a pin, a certificate, and be specially recognized during the Utah Philanthropy Day luncheon.

To attend Utah Philanthropy Day , please use the following link:

To nominate for the Heart & Hands Award, please use the following link:

Other Announcements

Many of you have asked us how you can help in the immediate aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. A financial contribution is the most effective way help those impacted by natural disasters. Contributions help fund response and recovery efforts, obtain goods and services locally, and provide direct financial assistance  to hurricane survivors to meet their own needs.

Our Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico sister organizations, (One Star Foundation, Volunteer Florida, and Comision de Voluntariado y Servicio Comunitario de Puerto Rico) are directing people to the Rebuild Texas Fund, the Florida Disaster Fund, and Unidos Por Puerto Rico.


The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is looking for Utah's top youth volunteers of the year. Two local youth will be selected as State Honorees to represent Utah.

Students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months. Students must complete the online application by November 7.
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.

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