Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism                                                                           July 2017
APPLY NOW FOR A 9/11 DAY OF SERVICE GRANT


UServeUtah is now accepting grant applications for the 2017 9/11 Day of Service. Grants up to $1000 will be awarded to Utah nonprofit organizations to assist in creating projects that occur between September 8-16 and use a minimum of 100 volunteers. Grants are limited, but your service dreams are not! The grant timeline, eligibility requirements, and instructions can be found at userve.utah.gov/911dayofservice. The deadline to apply is Thursday, August 3.

Contact Mary Buehler at mbuehler@utah.gov with questions.
UTAH AMERICORPS MEMBER OF THE MONTH




Our Utah AmeriCorps Member of the Month is  Taylor Kevern!
Taylor is currently in the first year of BYU's Family, Home, and Social Sciences Master of Social Work program. He is completing his AmeriCorps term of service at Primary Children's Hospital's Residential Treatment Center. Taylor has been serving at the hospital since the end of April where he has been involved with individual and family therapy. He is taking an online class to enhance his knowledge and expertise in working with children with trauma. 

Taylor also mobilized a group of volunteers to prevent extensive possible flood damage in a family home. These efforts were planned in an effort to protect the home from further damage that could come due to storms. This family did not have the funds to provide the materials or the labor necessary to complete the project. The project included cleaning, digging trenches, laying foundation work, and installing structural walls. This was an exceptional reflection of the AmeriCorps pledge in that it strengthened the community through service to fellow citizens. This project was completed in one Saturday and proved to be an enormous blessing for this family in need.

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
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION FOR UNA CONFERENCE OPEN

Utah Nonprofits Association's Annual Conference is coming up on Thursday, September 14This year's conference keynote, Vu Le, will speak about unleashing the power of the nonprofit sector and what that looks like in practice.

Attend the conference to find out what Vu has to say and to network, stay current, and participate in some brilliant breakout sessions.
IMPORTANT PHILANTHROPY SURVEY

We need your voice! Complete this brief survey as part of a research study on philanthropy in Utah. Your participation will help inform and improve Utah's philanthropic activity, and you'll be eligible to receive a free iPad!
LEGACY OF LOWELL DAY OF SERVICE

Register now for Legacy of Lowell Day of Service! Bring your friends and family to this annual event that brings hundreds of volunteers together to work on more than 30 different service projects. Sponsored by the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center at the University of Utah, this year's event kicks off the U's Homecoming activities. It's feel-good fun that improves our community!

This day of service will be held on Saturday, September 30 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. unless otherwise stated on the project description.  Choose how you want to serve by registering for a project today!
UNITED WAY OF SALT LAKE'S ANNUAL STUFF THE BUS

Every student needs a set of basic school supplies to ensure they have the tools they need to learn. This year, more than 800 volunteers are invited to help United Way of Salt Lake collect and sort school supplies and stuff backpacks to impact more than 10,000 students!

Ways to Help:
1. Donate school supplies! Stop by the Columbus Community Center in South Salt Lake (2531 South 400 East) with a bag of school supplies. We need crayons, markers, notebooks, folders, pencils, pens, glue sticks, highlighters, and erasers.
2. Count and sort school supplies to prepare them to be stuffed into backpacks. Learn more at stuffthebusprep.uw.org.
3. Stuff school supplies into backpacks on Saturday, August 12! 
Learn more at  stuffthebus.uw.org .
DISNEY SUMMER OF SERVICE


YSA and The Walt Disney Company are working together this summer to inspire kids and families to make a positive impact in their communities through the Disney Summer of Service campaign.  Kids who volunteer -- with their friends or family, or on their own - -can apply for a $500 Disney Be Inspired Summer of Service grant to create a project or expand an existing project throughout the rest of the year.

Youth ages 5-18 in the U.S. can visit YSA.org/BeInspired to tell their volunteer story, get inspiration and planning resources, and apply for a Disney Be Inspired Summer of Service grant.  Applications will be accepted through Saturday, September 30.
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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