Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism                                                                               October 2017
2017 9/11 DAY OF SERVICE  

We at UServeUtah would like to thank our 9/11 Day of Service grantees for giving back to their communities and empowering volunteers ac ross the state in service! Click  here  for more details about their specific projects.

Learn more about our Days of Service  grants.

Special guests, including the Mad Hatter, read to students in local schools and other organizations as part of Books for Brunch by Dixie State University-Dixie Serves.  Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties volunteers worked together to paint houses, clean yards, trim trees, build fences, and construct homes.
United Way of Eastern Utah volunteers weeded, cleaned, winterized, and painted. Lots of families chose to get involved. United Way of Utah County volunteers worked on an outdoor painting project at a local elementary school.
Boys and Girls Club of Northern Utah  held an education day for youth volunteers and helped them serve in honor of September 11.
West View Media volunteers pulled and bagged noxious weeds along several sections of the Jordan River Parkway and the 9Line Trail.

Ha ve 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 Volunteer Management Training on December 6 & 7 in Lehi. Our two-day, interactive workshop offers key tools and techniques fo r 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.


The UServeUtah AmeriCorps Member of the Month for October is Alex Cherry
Alex is serving at 4th Street Clinic and the University of Utah Hospital through the Utah Campus Compact Program. He is pursuing a double major in Biomedical Engineering and Chemistry at the University of Utah. Alex works to connect homeless, uninsured, and underinsured individuals with community, state, and federal resources, ranging from bicycles and cell phones to food banks and referrals to substance abuse therapy.

Alex was recently selected as the Community Events Chair for the Connect2Health Program, a position in which Alex researches ways that Connect2Health members can collaborate with established community events to provide services to more low-income or uninsured Utahns. He has also taken on a leadership role in training his program's new AmeriCorps members and volunteers, providing newcomers with the tools necessary to be successful in their service. 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.

Going to Utah Philanthropy Day this year? Now is the time to get your tickets (or tables)! The 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.

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

The proper recognition of volunteers is an important component in any volunteer program, large or small. UServeUtah offers volunteer  recognition certificates to help nonprofit, corporate, faith-based, and government organizations recognize exceptional volunteers within their organizations. The certificate is signed by the Lt. Governor and distributed by the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism on a bimonthly basis.

To nominate an outstanding volunteer, 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, as well as the California wildfires. 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 disaster survivors to meet their own needs.


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 the 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.