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Celebrate Global Youth Service Day

Global Youth Service Day recognizes the positive impact that young people have on their communities 365 days a year. GYSD is celebrated in more than 135 countries with youth-led service projects and community events.

During the weekend of April 17 – 19, the world calls on all young people to find their voice, take action, and make an impact on community issues and celebrates the countless contributions that youth make to their communities. Learn more about GYSD events around the world at

The goals of Global Youth Service Day are:

  • To mobilize youth to lead community change –meeting needs and solving problems – through awareness, service, advocacy, and philanthropy activities.
  • To connect young people to their communities and help build global culture of engaged children and youth committed to a lifetime of meaningful service, learning, and leadership.
  • To educate the public, including the media and policymakers, about the urgency and power of engaging young people as community leaders.

Lt. Governor and UServe honor Ephraim Student with Power of Service Award

Samantha Olsen receiving Power of Service Award from Lt. Gov Spencer CoxSALT LAKE CITY- The UServeUtah Power of Service award was recently presented to Samantha Olsen of Ephriam Utah. The Award was presented during the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism bi-monthly meeting by Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, Chris Bray, UServeUtah Commission Chair, and LaDawn Stoddard, UServeUtah Director. Samantha Olsen was selected for the Power of Service Award because of her outstanding accomplishments as a volunteer.

As a senior at Manti High School, Samantha is very active in science fairs, science olympiads, band, show choir, tennis team, and school clubs. She has dedicated the last several years to serving those with special needs.  As a volunteer, Samantha helped her brother expand a 4-H club for kids with special needs to 28 members. She eventually became the leader of the club and helped create a hands-on exhibit for county fair visitors to learn more about agriculture. The exhibit, Fun on the Farm, is visited by over 2,500 people each year. Samantha donated 176 volunteer hours to the project. In addition to her work with the county fair, she sought to increase 4-H membership by offering educational workshops on music, science, entomology, puppetry, gardening and much more. Samantha has taught over 23 workshops impacting more than 1,402 people.

“Samantha Olsen’s accomplishments are truly impressive. Studies show when people begin volunteering at a young age they continue to do so the rest of their lives. She is and will continue to be a real asset to her community. Samantha embodies the spirit of volunteerism and we are honored to present her with the Power of Service Award,” said LaDawn Stoddard, UServeUtah Director.

One volunteer is chosen three times a year to receive the Power of Service Award. This award is given to a volunteer that shows significant commitment to their community and demonstrates the power of volunteer service through their activities. Power of Service Awardees are selected from the pool of Lt. Governor’s Volunteer Recognition Certificate recipients.  The Lt. Governor’s Volunteer Recognition Certificate program is an opportunity for nonprofit, faith-based, corporate and government agencies to recognize the on-going volunteer efforts in their own agencies with a certificate signed by the Lieutenant Governor.  If you know someone who has shown outstanding commitment to serving their community, please visit us online at to learn how to nominate them for a Lt. Governor’s Volunteer Recognition Certificate.

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Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service

On April 7, Mayors across the state will join with more than 2,200 mayors across the country in a day of recognition to highlight the impact of national service in local communities. The Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service is a nationwide bipartisan effort to recognize the positive impact of national service in our cities, to thank those who serve, and to encourage citizens to give back to their communities.

The nation’s mayors and county executives are increasingly turning to national service as a cost-effective strategy to address local challenges. By unleashing the power of citizens, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs have a positive and lasting impact – making our cities and counties better places to live. To spotlight the impact of national service and thank those who serve, mayors across the country will participate in the third-annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service on April 7, 2015.

On this day, mayors and county executives will hold public events and use traditional and social media to highlight the value of national service to the nation’s cities. Last year, 1,760 mayors representing more than 110 million citizens participated in the second-annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. The initiative is being led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the National League of Cities, and Cities of Service.

The following Utah mayors listed below are participating in a variety of ways including, signing a declaration of recognition, holding recognition events, and sending thank you cards to national service participants who serve in their communities:

Tom Pollard, Alta Mayor
Derk Timothy, Bluffdale Mayor
Danny Van Wagoner, Castle Dale Mayor
Maile Wilson, Cedar City Mayor
Paul Cutler, Centerville Mayor
Kelvyn Cullimore, Jr., Cottonwood Heights Mayor
Troy Walker, Draper Mayor
Commissioner Greg Todd, Duchesne County Chairperson Pro Tem
Lee Dickmore, Farr West Mayor
Trent Jackson, Ferron Mayor
Bruce Richins, Harrisville Mayor
Carmen Freeman, Herriman Mayor
Robert Dahle, Holladay Mayor
Stephanie Miller, Hyrum Mayor
Steve Hiatt, Kaysville Mayor
Craig Peterson, Logan Mayor
Craig Buttars, Logan County Executive
JoAnn Seghini, Midvale Mayor
David Sakrison, Moab Mayor
Ted Eyre, Murray Mayor
Lloyd Berentzen, North Logan Mayor
Brent Taylor, North Ogden Mayor
Mike Caldwell, Ogden Mayor
Richard Brunst, Orem Mayor
Toby Mileski, Pleasant View Mayor
Joe Piccolo, Price Mayor
Don Calderwood, Providence Mayor
Larry Ellertson, Provo County Commissioner
John Curtis, Provo Mayor
James Brackner, River Heights Mayor
Norm Searle, Riverdale Mayor
Bill Applegarth, Riverton Mayor
Willard Cragun, Roy Mayor
Ralph Becker, Salt Lake City Mayor
Ben McAdams, Salt Lake County Mayor
Tom Dolan, Sandy Mayor
Darrell Simmons, Smithfield Mayor
Dave Alvord, South Jordan Mayor
James Minster, South Ogden Mayor
Cherie Wood, South Salt Lake City Mayor
Wilford Clyde, Springville Mayor
John Pike, St. George Mayor
Larry Johnson, Taylorsville Mayor
Mark Allen, Washington Terrace Mayor
Thomas Bailey, Wellsville Mayor
Ron Bigelow, West Valley City Mayor

Mayor or County executives are encouraged to participate and to register online.

The Great Utah Shakeout Earthquake Drill

Shakeout_Utah_DontFreak_300x250Millions of people worldwide practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On each year during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills!

We all must get better prepared for major earthquakes, and practice how to protect ourselves when they happen. The purpose of the ShakeOut is to help people and organizations do both.

Utahns can join them by registering today for the Great Utah ShakeOut. The next Utah ShakeOut Day of Action will be April 16, 2015, though you can register to hold your ShakeOut drill on any day of the year. Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes – wherever you live, work, or travel.

To learn more, visit


Day on the Hill

On February 23, 2015, national service programs from across the state will gather at the Capitol to educate legislators on the role of national service and the impact they are having in their communities. This event provides national service programs an opportunity to help policy makers better understand what national service is and how the various programs work to address challenges within their community and improve the quality of life in Utah.

Representatives from AmeriCorps State, Senior Corps (including Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion, and RSVP programs), and VISTA projects will set up in the rotunda with educational booths about their projects. After a brief kick-off event in the morning, the group will be recognized in both the House and Senate. Throughout the day, program representatives will have an opportunity to meet with legislators and commissioners to share stories of success and impact from their programs.

We hope you will join us at National Service Day on the Hill to generate more awareness of your program.

register now buttonDate: February 23, 2015
Location: Utah State Capitol
Cost: Free
Lunch will be provided for registered attendees
Register by Feb 17

Schedule (tentative)

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.           Arrive, check in at registration, booth setup

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.         Welcome, orientation, introductions, final prep

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.       Kick-off/Media event with Lieutenant Governor Cox

10:15 – 12:00 p.m.      Programs recognized in House and Senate. Networking at booths

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.        Networking time with Legislators, Commissioners, and Programs

2:00 p.m.                    Break down of booths


A primary aim of the Commission is to help organizations effectively use service and volunteerism as a strategy to fulfill their mission and to address critical community problems. UServeUtah does this by providing successful statewide trainings that ensure organizations are prepared to use volunteers effectively.

teacher training on how to be an effective volunteer managerVolunteer Management Training
Volunteers are the heart of many nonprofits and are often vital to an organization’s success, but many volunteer managers are not given the tools necessary. UServeUtah’s training will help you manage your volunteers in a way that brings out the best in them. Attendees will be trained on the “how to” of effective volunteer management including recruiting, interviewing, training, motivating, and recognizing volunteers. UServeUtah also provides a Volunteer Management Train-the-Trainer course, including a module on Adult Style Learning.

spontaneous volunteersSpontaneous Volunteer Management Training
The purpose of this training is to provide local municipalities with best practices and materials, in order to prepare local communities to handle the management of spontaneous or unaffiliated volunteers in times of disasters (SVM). This training will also allow local municipalities the opportunity to self identify with the state , those individuals that are prepared to manage spontaneous volunteers if a larger event were to occur where their skill sets could be called upon.

volunteers sorting donationsDonations Management Training
Coming soon in 2015! Training designed to provide best practices to local municipalities on the effective handling of donations in relation to donations management (DMT) in times of disasters.

View our calendar for all upcoming trainings

Donate Old Cell Phones and Help U.S. Troops Call Home

Donate Old Cell Phones and Help U.S. Troops Call Home

Salt Lake County, Utah – A used cell phone collection effort will culminate on January 19,2015, in recognition of the Senior Corps Program’s Martin Luther King Day of service. The staff and volunteers of Salt Lake County Senior Corps Programs – Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) are collecting and donating used cell phones (working or not) to the national non-profit organization Cell Phones for Soldiers.  The money received from recycling cell phones will be used to purchase prepaid calling cards that are sent to service men and women overseas.

The George E. Wahlen Veterans Administration Medical Center and Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services Senior Centers have joined this year’s collection effort. Donated cell phones are sold to the recycling company ReCellular. Phones will be sent to the recycler by Memorial Mortuaries and Cemeteries, located in Murray, Utah, member of Veterans and Family Memorial Care and supporters of military families.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, electronic waste (e-waste) is accumulating almost three times faster than household trash. Recycling cell phones reduces greenhouse gas emissions, keeps valuable material out of landfills and conserves natural resources.

Donations will be accepted through January 19th at all collection locations. Collection drop boxes are located throughout Salt Lake County at the following locations:

  • Salt Lake County Government Center, (Suites S1400 & S1500) 2001 South State Street, SLC
  • George E. Wahlen Veterans Administration Medical Center, 500 Foothill Drive, SLC

Salt Lake County Senior Centers:

  • Columbus, 2531 S. 400 E., SLC
  • Draper, 1148 East Pioneer Rd.
  • Eddie P. Mayne/Kearns, 4851 W. 4715 S.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Center, 1992 S. 200 E.
  • Harmon Home, 4090 W. 3600 W.
  • Liberty Center, 251 E. 700 S.
  • Magna-Kennecott, 9228 West 2700 South
  • Midvale, 350 W. Park St. (7610 S.)
  • Millcreek, 2266 East Evergreen Ave. (3435 S.)
  • Mount Olympus, 1635 E. Murray Holladay Rd.
  • Murray Heritage, 10 E. 6150 S.
  • River’s Bend, 300 N. 1300 W.
  • Sandy, 9310 S. 1300 E.
  • South Jordan, 10778 S. Redwood Rd.
  • Taylorsville, 4743 S. Plymouth Dr. (1650 W.)
  • Tenth East, 237 S. 1000 E.
  • Sunday Anderson Westside, 868 W. 900 S.
  • West Jordan, 8025 S. 2200 W.

You can help our troops call home and do something nice for our environment by simply donating your used cell phones (working or not) at one of the Senior Corps drop off locations. Be sure to tell other people you know to donate their used cell phones to help our service men and women.

Salt Lake County Senior Corps programs are sponsored by Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Foster Grandparent volunteers assist children with special needs in schools and community programs; Senior Companion volunteers assist frail, older adults in their homes. RSVP provides people age 55 and older opportunities to volunteer. Volunteers’ interests, time and talents are matched with critical community needs including opportunities to serve at the George E. Wahlen VA Medical Center. During the past year Senior Corps volunteers have provided more than 179,000 hours of service throughout Salt Lake County in more than 50 community based organizations.

Contact (385) 468-3240 for more information about this program.


Utah Ranks #1 in Volunteering!

Lieutenant Governor Cox announces Utah as the number one volunteering state in the nation.

Lt. Governor Cox announces Utah as the #1 state in the nation for volunteering for the 9th year in a row.

For the ninth consecutive year, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has ranked Utah first in the U.S. for voluntarism because of Utahns’ generosity and commitment to improve their communities. At a press conference on Wednesday with Lt. Governor Cox the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism announced the 2014 Volunteering and Civic Life in America (VCLA) report ranked Utah as the No. 1 volunteering state in the nation for the ninth year running. Read the press release here. Volunteering and Civic Engagement in Utah Trends and Highlights Overview for Utah in for 2013:

  • 45.3% of residents volunteer, ranking them 1st among the 50 states and Washington, DC.
  • 937,770 volunteers
  • 154.9 million hours of service
  • $3.5 billion of service contributed
  • 75.5 volunteer hours per capita
  • 77.9% of residents engage in “informal volunteering” (for example, doing favors for neighbors)

“The people of Utah should be very proud for once again leading the nation in volunteer service. Volunteers enrich our communities and keep our nation strong. We salute Utah’s volunteers for your commitment and caring spirit.” –  Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Volunteering and Civic Engagement in Salt Lake City, UT Trends and Highlights Overview for Salt Lake City, UT, in 2013:

  • 36.4% of residents volunteer, ranking them 2nd among the 51 largest MSAs
  • 303,100 volunteers
  • 38.0 million hours of service
  • $856.7 million of service contributed
  • 48.8 volunteer hours per resident

Additional data is available on voting, group participation, social connectedness, and other volunteering and civic life indicators at

Utah AmeriCorps Grant Application Overview

AmeriCorps Utah logoWhat is the purpose of AmeriCorps State grants?
The purpose is to maximize the power of service and volunteering to improve lives in communities across the country. In the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, Congress directed the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to focus national service in the following areas where service can make a major impact; (1) improving education, (2) energy conservation and the environment, (3) the health of all Americans, (4) economic opportunity for economically vulnerable individuals, (5) increasing service by and for veterans; (6) and providing disaster services.

For each of these priority areas, CNCS has identified specific objectives and, in many cases, standard performance measures that AmeriCorps programs must meet. For extensive information on CNCS funding goals, performance objectives, strategies, and priority measures, read the CNCS Strategic Plan at

Eligible Applicants: The following entities are eligible to apply for, implement, and operate an AmeriCorps program in Utah: non-profit organizations; an institution of higher education; a state agency; a community or faith-based organization; government entities within the state including cities, counties, and municipalities; or a partnership of any of the above entities. All UCOV AmeriCorps programs must operate solely in Utah, and all member service activities must take place in-state.

Grant Award(s): The grant award spans a period of three years but is renewable annually subject to performance reviews, availability of federal funds and progress toward sustainability. Programs are funded to begin operations in Fall of each year.

Types of Awards
State AmeriCorps programs receive funding from one two sources: Competitive or Formula Awards.

Competitive Award
Competitive funds are awarded by CNCS. In the Fall of each year, UServeUtah selects programs from the current State Formula Portfolio for recommendation to CNCS for review in competition with proposals from all single- and multi-state applicants. The Corporation runs a Peer and Staff Review to make funding determinations. Current Formula-funded programs who are interested in applying for a Competitive award will submit a request to UServeUtah for recommendation. UServeUtah does not accept new applicants in the Fall for the CNCS competitive process.

Formula Award
Formula funds are awarded to programs by UServeUtah. Formula funds are given to UServeUtah based on the federal allocation for AmeriCorps and Utah’s population, which is then “passed through” to programs in the Utah AmeriCorps Portfolio. The amount of funds available to award each year to new and re-applying programs depends federal allocation and the number of Formula-funded programs in continuation (year one or two of the three-year grant cycle). UServeUtah employs a Peer and Staff review to make funding determinations

UServeUtah accepts new and continuing applications for formula funding in the spring of each year and uses a multi-step application process which includes:
Applicant must:

  • Attend a mandatory* Technical and Training Meeting (these are the only opportunities to receive the application)
  • Submit a General Assessment Questionnaire
  • Submit application based on app instructions

Applications then go through a:

  • Staff Review
  • Full committee review

*The application process will be explained in detail in mandatory AmeriCorps Funding Technical Assistance Meetings that will take place in several locations across Utah. Additional information on the formula RFP process for the upcoming program year will be available in February 2015.

Application Process and Timeline
2015 RFP Process