The purpose of the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism is to enable individuals, communities and organizations in Utah to benefit from the service, power, skills, and passion of volunteers.
Our vision is to have vibrant productive communities with active engaged citizens.
Our mission is to strengthen Utah communities through the power of service and volunteerism.
Our work is based in these core values:
- We believe that volunteerism is a uniquely American form of civic engagement that is fundamental to our democracy and critical to our communities.
- We believe volunteers build strong communities and have a lasting impact on local needs.
- Utah volunteers are exceptional. They are willing to make the time and the connections that come from reaching out in service to and with others.
- We know that volunteers are bedrock in any community. Neighborhoods where volunteers gather and serve are more vibrant, safe, and engaged.
- Volunteering collectively grows bonds across various experiences, beliefs, backgrounds and barriers.
- People who volunteer feel a unique sense of ownership and responsibility and are in turn transformed by the experience.
The Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism has a long history of advocating the value of volunteerism, training skilled volunteers, coordinating a statewide system to facilitate service, developing innovative AmeriCorps programs, and promoting Utah’s national leadership in volunteerism.
Our competitive advantages include:
- We offer state leadership. As a branch of the state government and a program of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, we can use our bully pulpit to promote volunteerism with authority.
- We collaborate. We have years of experience working in the public and private sectors to focus resources on volunteerism.
- We have data. Our studies measure the impact volunteers have on our lives and our communities.
- We have expertise. Our training to volunteer organizations helps them better use and support volunteers.
- We bring resources to the table. Our nationally-recognized AmeriCorps programs connect local needs with manpower in a cost effective and efficient way.
To achieve our mission UServeUtah concentrates efforts in three focus areas; National Service, Community Engagement and Disaster Service.
AmeriCorps, the Domestic Peace Corps, annually engages more than 80,000 Americans nationwide in intensive, results-driven service in the areas of education, public safety, health and the environment.
UServeUtah manages the Utah AmeriCorps*State program portfolio comprising programs that target underserved and needy populations in the areas of: Economic Opportunity, Education, Environmental Stewardship, Disaster Preparedness, Healthy Futures and Veterans and Military Families.
UServeUtah administers all Utah AmeriCorps*State grants and provides administrative, fiscal and programmatic oversight, technical assistance and program development in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
UServeUtah seeks to build and cultivate capacity in the volunteer and service community through collaboration, consensus and the concept of collective impact. UServeUtah functions as consultant, and training resource to expand public/private partnerships and volunteer mobilization capacity.
UServeUtah recognizes outstanding volunteers across the state through the annual Volunteer Achievement Awards, as well as support of statewide volunteer recognition programs.
UServeUtah, through community engagement efforts, sponsors National Service Days in Utah, including Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Global Youth Service Day and 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance.
Volunteers can be essential in helping to rebuild lives and rebuild communities after a disaster. It is important that volunteers are given meaningful and constructive opportunities to serve, while not overwhelming the affected community during the response and recovery. UServeUtah seeks to help local communities plan for coordination of spontaneous and unaffiliated volunteers during disaster recovery efforts.
In the event of a disaster, UServeUtah serves on the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) and is the lead in coordinating volunteer and donations management. UServeUtah also acts as the liaison with the Corporation for National and Community Service to call upon National Service resources such as AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) and FEMA Corps members for on-ground support.