Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism                                                                                January 2018

Our staff and Commissioners took some time out this month to plan the next year of programming at our annual Commission retreat. We are grateful to Kaira Esgate from American Service Commissions (ASC) who facilitated the discussion.

We are excited to announce that the first Volunteer Management Training  of the year is being held in St. George on March 22 and 23. Need help recruiting and retaining high quality volunteers? Want ideas on helping your staff work with volunteers? Want to develop skills-based volunteer opportunities that address critical social needs in your community? Our Volunteer Management Training is a two-day workshop offering key tools and techniques for managing volunteers in nonprofits, government, and beyond. Sign up by February 22 to receive an Early Bird discount of $75. The regular cost is $100. Materials, lunch, and light refreshments are provided. For more information, visit the UServeUtah website or contact Mary Buehler at mbuehler@utah.gov.

Pictured left to right: UServeUtah Commissioners Richard
Gonzalez and  Jake Murakami,  Nic Bringham,  UServeUtah National Service Program Manager Greg Bates.
Coach Nicole "Nic" Bringham of Playworks Utah is UServeUtah's January AmeriCorps Member of the Month! Nicole is an AmeriCorps member serving at Millcreek Elementary. Her service there has been highlighted by incredible program quality on the playground, as well as a deep commitment to the students of Millcreek. She's gone above and beyond engaging students with special needs in her recess programming and engaging staff at the school to ensure that safe, healthy, inclusive play is happening every day for all kids. Her exemplary service is a model for all AmeriCorps members. Ann Kane, the principal of Millcreek adds "Coach Nic brings a positive energy to Millcreek! She is dedicated to providing a quality play environment for our students. She has been learning what it takes to keep everyone working towards the same goal all while having fun. Students and teachers alike enjoy having Coach Nic be a part of our learning team." Thanks Nic 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

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

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Nominate an outstanding Utah volunteer for  Youthlinc's annual Young Humanitarian Award The Young Humanitarian Award recognizes service-minded Utah high school juniors, seniors and undergraduate students with a $5,000 college scholarship and $8,500 in runner-up awards. The application deadline is March 1.

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.