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Find & Post Volunteer Opportunities

We’re excited to introduce a new online resource for finding and posting volunteer opportunities!

UServeUtah is partnering with JustServe to connect you to service opportunities in your community so you can make a difference wherever you are and however you want to serve. We are excited to team up with nonprofit, faith, and government organizations nationwide to post volunteer needs and opportunities to serve.

Think of JustServe as a hub for great ideas and great talent. When you log onto the website, you can scroll down to get started by typing your city and state or ZIP code into the field in the middle of the page. Hit “Enter” and you’ll soon find out

  • How many total volunteer opportunities are available in your area (you can select a specific radius in miles).
  • Which organizations need help.
  • What kinds of roles need to be filled to provide the best level of care across our state.

Once you’ve had a chance to browse the options, click on the description that seems to best fit your interests and skill sets. From there, you’ll see a more detailed description of the volunteer opportunities available. You’ll also get additional helpful information (e.g. “Group project” or “Suitable for all ages”) along with some keywords that describe categories of need that will receive the benefits of your work, such as community and people or the environment.

Best of all, you won’t have to go digging through a maze of websites and phone trees to find contact information for the volunteer roles that excite you. On each project page, you’ll find the name of the person to contact along with phone, email and sponsoring organization. You can even sign up to receive emails about new projects in your area.

There’s never been a better time to step up and get involved. Head over to JustServe.org to find your volunteer calling.

AmeriCorps, Senior Corps Members Honored for Community Service

Local leaders throughout Utah will celebrate the impact of those serving their communities through the national service programs AmeriCorps and Senior Corps during the annual Day of Recognition.

The nationwide, bipartisan Mayor, County, and Tribal Recognition Day for National Service allows community leaders to thank those provide service and organize volunteers to address a wide variety of social needs. In Utah, 71 towns, cities, and counties will hold events to honor the 5,100 national service members serving in the state.

The initiative is being led by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and other volunteer programs, in partnership with the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties (NACo), and Cities of Service.

“We are proud to be working with city and county leaders across America as we continue to strengthen communities through national service,” said Kim Mansaray, Acting Chief Executive Officer for the CNCS. “Local leaders get things done and they know firsthand the value of national service in tackling problems. I commend the participating mayors and county leaders for working with us to improve lives and strengthen communities through national service.”

In Utah, the effort is being coordinated in partnership with UServeUtah, the Governor-appointed state service commission integral to $15.7 million in national service funding to nonprofits and other community-based organizations each year.

“National service shows the best of the American spirit — people turning toward problems and working together to find community solutions,” said UServeUtah Director LaDawn Stoddard. “Today, as we recognize national service members for their dedication, let’s all recommit to reach out and find ways to volunteer and make a difference.”

Each year, the AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members work in 900 locations to build safer, stronger, and healthier communities. These everyday heroes support veterans and military families, respond to disasters, assist the elderly, tutor and mentor children, restore the environment, increase economic opportunity, and recruit and manage volunteers. Participating mayors and county officials will visit AmeriCorps and Senior Corps service sites, join in service projects, present proclamations, and host thank you events recognizing the contributions of national service.

Media interested in covering an event on April 4 can contact Josh Loftin, public information officer with the Department of Heritage & Arts, for more details. A full list of participating mayors and county leaders can be found on the CNCS website.

Utah World War I Commission

Veterans of WWI, male and female, stand in front of an airplane, Ogden, Utah, 1919.

World War I veterans in Ogden, 1919. USHS

April 2017 marks the centennial of America’s entry into World War I, a defining conflict of the modern era.

To commemorate the sacrifice and involvement of Utahns in the Great War, the Utah WWI Commission will provide information and resources to the public.

News

The commission is offering small grants to encourage Utahns to recognize the impact of WWI in their communities. Projects could include:

  • Guest lectures
  • Community memorial programs
  • WWI monument cleaning, tracking, or repair
  • Community WWI history

Contact uhq@utah.gov for more information.

Events

Event listings will be updated regularly. If you know of a WWI-related event in Utah, email us at uhq@utah.gov.

Veterans of World War I in a parade in Ogden, Utah, 1919.

Veterans of World War I, Ogden, 1919. USHS

 

April 19, 12 noon
“World War I as Recorded by Nels Anderson: Utah Historian and International Sociologist,” with Kent Powell
State Archives, 346 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City

April 19, 7 p.m.
Lecture by Dr. Tammy Proctor
Logan Public Library

August 12
Military Appreciation Day for all state parks

November 10
Utah State University: Musical program by Craig Jessop
University of Utah: Veteran’s Day program

Resources

During World War I, telegraphy was taught at the University of Utah to soldiers from Fort Douglas.

During World War I, telegraphy was taught at the University of Utah to soldiers from Fort Douglas. USHS

Educational resources: Curriculum and more, searchable by grade level, subject, and type

Utah and World War I: special issue of Utah Historical Quarterly

Utah and the Great War: The Beehive State and the World War I Experience, ed. by Allan Kent Powell: a collection of essays exploring the complexity of WWI and its impact on Utahns

Splinters of a Nation: German Prisoners of War in Utah: documentary film about German POWs in Utah and the Salina massacre

State Legislature’s Resolution (PDF)

Governor’s Declaration, April 2017 (PDF)

Utah in the World War, by Noble Warrum: published under the auspices of the Utah Council of Defense in 1924

The Great War, from American Experience

National WWI Museum and Memorial

At our April 6th commemorative event, Dr. Robert Means read two poems about the WWI experience. Follow these links for the text of these poems:

 

Two Utah Artists Awarded $10,000 Fellowships


The Utah Division of Arts & Museums proudly announces Jonathan Frioux of Holladay and Jean Richardson of Salt Lake City as the $10,000 Visual Arts Fellowship recipients for 2017.
This year’s juror, Gilbert Vicario, is The Selig Family Chief Curator at the Phoenix Art Museum. He selected both of the fellowship winners, who will receive the funding to further their artistic goals and professional development. Continue reading

Director Named for Utah Division of Arts & Museums

SALT LAKE CITY — Victoria Panella Bourns has been named the director of the The Utah Division of Arts & Museums.

Panella Bourns has directed the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, and Parks (ZAP) program for the past 12 years. The program distributes approximately $14 million annually to more than 170 arts and cultural organizations. Prior to joining ZAP, she assisted cultural organizations and other nonprofits with strategic planning, board development, and executive searches through Panella Consulting.

“Victoria has been a leader in the arts community for decades,” said Jill Remington Love, executive director of the Department of Heritage & Arts. The Division of Arts & Museums is one of six divisions within the department. “She’s familiar with the division’s role and will have an immediate, positive influence on its many programs.” Continue reading

Utah Artists Search For Their Own “Great Good Place” At Alice Gallery

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Arts & Museums presents The Great Good Place, an exhibition at the Alice Gallery from March 10th through May 5th.

An artist’s reception will be held April 21st from 6-9 p.m. for Gallery Stroll. The Alice Gallery is located at 617 E. South Temple and is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Great Good Place exhibits the work of a group of emerging artists fascinated with the history of the two-dimensional image and its relentless search for an Arcadia or Utopia. The works exhibited will showcase how the individual artists attempt to reach their own form of escape and peace. Artists include Greg Caldwell, Aloe Corry, Pearl Corry, Madeline Rupard, David Raleigh, and Lim Kheng Saik.

“Whether the composed parlor paintings of the 19th century, the wild urgency of expressionism, or the intentional grittiness and mundanity of modern and post-modern painting, we observe that this pull never evades artists, even if the symbols and shapes surrounding it may change,” Rupard said. “This group exhibition will showcase the commonalities and also distinctions in how each artist attempts to reach their own ‘great good place’ through drawing and painting.”

The exhibit’s title echoes the short story by Henry James, which art critic Peter Schjeldahl described in a 2011 article for Frieze Magazine.

“An overburdened man is somehow transported to an unremarkable, even rather dull, but friendly hotel or club; it’s a little monastery-like, at an unknown location. It refreshes him. His life back home improves,” Schjeldahl wrote. “Was it a dream? It’s not clear in the story. It doesn’t matter. I love James’s phrase, the Great Good Place: I think everyone has one. Yours is tailored to your particular sorrows and contradictions, which it soothes and resolves, and mine to mine, which it soothes and resolves. The humour, and the wisdom, in James’s story is that the protagonist’s haven….[is] nothing orgiastic or exalting. No dreams come true there. That’s in the nature of Great Good Places, I believe. They are not projections of our wishes. They are registrations, perhaps quite humble, of what we lack. They aren’t exciting. They are, however, greatly good.”

The Rio & Alice Galleries were created as a service to Utah artists. They provide free venues for emerging and established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art making and dialogue. For more information on exhibition and other program opportunities visit visualarts.utah.gov.

Public Art Opportunities in Provo, West Valley City

The Utah Public Art Program of the Division of Arts and Museums has issued two calls for letters of interest and qualifications for projects in Provo and West Valley City.

The deadline for the 4th District Court building in Provo is March 31 and for a new liquor store in West Valley City (pictured) is April 7. Details about both projects can be found at publicart.utah.gov and applications may be submitted at callforentry.org. Continue reading