For the last 20 years, the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism has worked to enable individuals, communities and organizations in Utah to benefit from the service, power, skills, and passion of volunteers. For the last eight years, Utah has ranked # 1 for volunteerism in the nation.
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism Governor Gary Herbert signed a declaration making 2014 a year of service in Utah. The declaration recognizes that community engagement improves the quality of life of residents and that volunteerism contributes significantly to our state’s economic growth and prosperity.
UServeUtah celebrates 20 years of exceptional service, strengthening Utah communities through the POWER of service and volunteerism. Each year in Utah 970,000 Utahns volunteer 165 million hours which is an econmic impact of $3 Billion dollars. There were 1,125 AmeriCorps members serving in Utah in 2013. These members served 721,242 hours. AmeriCorps is a $9,069,230 annual public-private investment in Utah’s economy.
Through this year of service we will focus our outreach on seven major areas of volunteerism and National Service (March-May: healthy futures, June-August: environmental stewardship , veteran and military families , September-October: education, disaster services , November-December: economic opportunity, and family volunteering). In each of these focus areas we will highlight the great work being done by volunteers statewide and hope to inspire more citizens to volunteer in their communities.
LaDawn Stoddard speaks with Contact about UServeUtah’s 20th anniversary in the following video: