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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

Trainings

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.

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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 www.volunteeringinamerica.gov

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 www.nationalservice.gov/pdf/11_0203_cncs_strategic_plan.pdf

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

Process
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

 

Utah AmeriCorps Members to Mark 20th Anniversary

SALT LAKE CITY – On Friday, September 12th, a new class of Utah AmeriCorps members will pledge to “get things done for America” as part of a nationwide ceremony to mark AmeriCorps 20th anniversary.  Nearly 300 Utah AmeriCorps members will participate in the National AmeriCorps Swearing In-Ceremony.  President Barack Obama will lead the ceremony and give remarks to AmeriCorps members live via satellite from the White House.

The ceremony will take place at the State Capitol Rotunda at 8:45am on Friday September 12th. The event kicks off a year of national service for AmeriCorps members from across the state.  The ceremony is part of a simultaneous swearing-in of AmeriCorps members from coast-to coast taking place in every state across the country. As part of the 20th anniversary celebration and to begin their service commitment, Utah AmeriCorps members will participate in a community service project to honor the victims and survivors of the September 11th terrorist attacks.  AmeriCorps members will meet at Red Butte Gardens at 1:30pm on Friday September 11th to complete groundwork projects. Former Lt. Governor Bell will make remarks kicking off the event.

“AmeriCorps is a cost-effective solution to our toughest problems and expands educational and economic opportunities for the citizens of Utah,” said LaDawn Stoddard, UServeUtah Executive Director. “We are proud of the extraordinary accomplishments of Utah’s AmeriCorps members over the past 20 years, and are excited to welcome a new cohort as they embark on a year of service.”

Over the past 20 years more than 13,000 AmeriCorps members served 13 million hours in Utah. These AmeriCorps Members earned more than 28 million dollars in Education Awards that can be used to pay for college.  Currently there are  more than 1,300 AmeriCorps members in Utah who are serving in more than 740 community organizations assisting the unemployed, removing barriers to health care, protecting our environment, improving literacy, and supporting veterans and military families.

Kirby: Taking time out of yourself

By Robert Kirby | Salt Lake Tribune Columnist
First Published Aug 10 2014 10:02 am • Last Updated Aug 11 2014 12:40 pm

I didn’t volunteer for the Army in 1972. They came and got me. I could have run away, but that would have required effort. Too lazy to join and too lazy to get out of it. It’s the story of my life.

In the Army I seemed to volunteer a lot. Somebody loud and scary would tell me that I had volunteered to stand guard, paint rocks, dig a hole, give blood or haul garbage. Being lazy wasn’t an option.

After that, I was even more cautious about volunteering. Whenever volunteers were called to perform some chore at work, church or home, I was reminded of the Army and the benefits of hiding or running away.

Not anymore. Today I live in the most volunteering state in America. For eight years in a row, Utah has led the nation in volunteerism. Last year, almost a million Utahns donated 165 million hours of their time, mostly in schools and youth programs.

I didn’t know this of course. Last month Rochelle Runge from the Utah Commission on Service & Volunteerism came and got me and made me know it.

Her: “You’re the perfect person to help us get the word out about volunteering.”

Me: “You got me mixed up with somebody else.”

Didn’t matter. Over lunch, Rochelle insisted that volunteering was not only good for other people, but also good for oneself and the greater community. Volunteers saved Utah $3 billion a year. She was very passionate about it.

Therein lies the secret behind successful volunteering — finding something that you’re passionate about and then throwing yourself into it.

For example, volunteering doesn’t have to be something idiotic like painting rocks or standing in the rain with an empty rifle. You can donate your time and efforts to things that actually make sense.

It might surprise you to learn just what that is. If you really want to stretch yourself and broaden your horizons, volunteer for something completely out of your element.

Come down out of your expensive digs and help feed and clothe the homeless. Leave your CEO desk for a few hours a week and teach immigrant children English. Give up a Saturday and groom hiking trails. Get off your lazy butt and pick up trash.

That last one was for me. After talking with Rochelle, I felt guilty. So I started my own personal volunteer program to see how I liked it. I started picking up litter on the street instead of just ignoring it.

I enjoy volunteering for my personal what-I’d-like-to-do-to-litterbugs program. “Cram It in Your Ash Can” could well take off nationally.

If you want to live outside yourself for awhile, try volunteering. There are hundreds of ways of doing it, and a couple of ways of finding out where they are.

Call 211 on your phone. Remember — 911 is for “help me!” 211 is for “how can I help?” The operators there will get you where you’re needed.

Or you can go to volunteers.utah.gov and explore the opportunities. The point is that there’s something you can do if you have the time and the heart. Others will appreciate your generosity.

Don’t make them come looking for you.

Read more from Robert Kirby here.