Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism                                                         May 2014
In This Issue
RGS Innovative Program
2014 Utah Year of Service
Welcome, Rochelle
Upcoming SVM Training
Presenters Needed
Philanthropy Day Nominations
Dates to Remember
May 29: SVM Training Provo

June 16-18: National Conference on Service

Tools & Resources
SVM Training - Provo

Volunteer Recognition Certificate Nominations

National Conference Registration
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About The Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism 
The Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism (UCSV) is the state's central coordinating body for service and volunteerism.  The Commission is responsible for developing, implementing, and sustaining a vision and culture of civic engagement and national and community service within the state. UCSV does this through; promoting volunteerism; administering National Service programs; connecting people with opportunities to serve; building organizational capacity for effective volunteer engagement and; participating in strategic initiatives that mobilize volunteers to meet local needs.

For more information or to find volunteering opportunities around the state visit  http://userve.utah.gov/
Utah AmeriCorps Program Recognized for Innovation


Our very own  Read.Graduate.Succeed AmeriCorps program was featured as one of the nation's most innovative AmeriCorps State programs in the 2014 edition of Transforming Communities through Service: A Collection of the Most Innovative AmeriCorps State and Volunteer Generation Fund Programs in the United States


RGS is highlighted in the publication for childhood literacy and has received special designations for rural impact and Governor and Mayor Initiative collaboration. The publication focuses on ways the RGS program has demonstrated innovative efforts, including senior member training and support model, cross-sector community partnerships, and more.


The report, produced by America's Service Commissions and Innovations in Civic Participation, spotlights programs across the nation that address a range of issues from early childhood literacy to public safety. 


Be sure to see the KSL Interview with UServeUtah Executive Director LaDawn Stoddard and news anchor Deannie Wimmer. 

2014 Utah Year of Service
In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of UServeUtah, the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism and recognizing that community engagement improves the quality of life of citizens and contributes significantly to our state's economic growth and prosperity, Governor Gary Herbert has declared 2014 a year of service in Utah.

Utah needs your skills and experience to keep our communities strong, so how will YOU serve? Start by visiting our website to find an opportunity near you.  Another way to make an impact is to encourage those around you to volunteer. Check out our "You Got Served! Pay it Forward!" campaign.  It's a fun way to get your friends and family excited about volunteering too! 

However you choose to serve your community we hope you will join our 20th Anniversary celebration by taking the Governor's challenge personally and making 2014 a year of service!
Service Focus: Healthy Futures

Throughout this year of service UServeUtah will be highlighting areas of interest and ways individuals can become engaged.  In this issue we will be focusing on HEALTHY FUTURES.


Recently Commission staff participated in a service project at Real Food Rising (RFR) to celebrate our current focus on Healthy Futures. Staff members joined community members, elementary, and high school students in work on their urban farm. They volunteered to prepare a community garden for spring planting and had a great time!


RFR is a community farming program where youth volunteer to tend gardens and work on various other projects to increase access to healthy food in Salt Lake City.  In 2014, RFR will donate at least 8,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to food pantries and soup kitchens. The recipients of the food aren't the only ones who benefit. Youth volunteers learn leadership and job skills, how to grow sustainable food, and about eating healthfully. If you're interested in supporting the mission of RFR please visit their website to learn how to get involved. 

Welcome, Rochelle Runge!
Rochelle Runge
Communications Specialist  

Rochelle joins us from the Maine Commission for Community Service where she served as Public Relations Specialist for several years. She brings with her more than 10 years experience in event planning, marketing, public relations and communications.  Rochelle holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, with a minor in Business focused in Marketing, from the University of Southern Maine.  She and her husband Lee have been married nine years. They have two Australian Shepherds and enjoy taking them hiking and exploring new places. In her spare time Rochelle also enjoys cooking, volunteering for Australian Shepherd rescue, and spending time with family and friends.
Volunteers in Disasters Training
In the event of a disaster, is your city prepared for the flood of volunteers who show up to help out? 
UServeUtah is conducting Spontaneous Volunteer Management trainings, which will provide local municipalities with best practices and materials, to prepare for the management of spontaneous or unaffiliated volunteers in times of disasters (SVM). 

Training will be held in Provo on May 29, 2014, and Layton on July 9, 2014. For more information please visit the SVM Training Schedule page.
Presenters Needed for UNA Conference

"Leading Together As Forces For Good"


September 18, 2014

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

West Valley City, UT


Request for Proposals:

UNA requests breakout session presentation proposals for the 2014 Conference that are relevant, practical, original, and thought-provoking. The conference theme is: "Leading Together as Forces for Good." The conference will focus on equipping nonprofits with innovative tools to navigate the changing economic, social, cultural and political landscape.

Conference Audience:
The UNA Conference attracts approximately 350 participants-including attendees, exhibitors, and presenters-from around the state. The majority of attendees are from nonprofit organizations, with a portion of attendees from the for-profit sector. Visit the Utah Nonprofits Association website to learn more and access the application

Proposals are due by May 16, 2014. UNA will notify applicants of decisions about participation by June 14, 2014.
Call for Philanthropy Day Nominations
Every year, Utah Philanthropy celebrates those in our community who embody the spirit of philanthropy and volunteerism. Six prestigious awards honor the various components of the critical nexus between visionary, supportive philanthropy and thriving, creative nonprofit organizations that respond to community concerns and the need for change. Please help select those individuals and organizations that will be honored at Utah Philanthropy Day for their generosity to our community.   
  • Philanthropic Leadership Award
  • Norma Matheson Outstanding Volunteer Award
  • Career Humanitarian Award
  • Foundation Spirit of Giving Award
  • Corporate Spirit of Giving Award
  • Outstanding Young Volunteer Award
Nominations close May 30, 2014. Once you complete the application, email it to awards@utahphilanthropyday.org. For additional information, please visit utahphilanthropyday.org.
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