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Welcome Friends in Service

Dear Friends in Service,

It is inspiring to hear stories from all around the state of Utahns’ commitment and passion for serving their friends, families, neighbors, and communities. This spirit of service has earned Utah the #1 ranking in the nation for volunteerism and civic engagement for nine consecutive years! Volunteerism helps meet critical needs in Utah and provides significant economic and social value for our citizens and communities. Each year Utah volunteers dedicate millions of hours of service. Last year alone that service was estimated to be worth $3.5 billion.

The poet, Henry Longfellow said: “No man or woman is so poor as to have nothing worth giving.” This is the vitality of volunteering; it is something that anyone can do – no matter where they live, their age, income, religious or cultural affiliation. Volunteering is a wonderful opportunity that is open to all of us and there is a vast range of possibilities for volunteerism in Utah. I invite you to join with us as we focus on making a difference.

Yours in Service,

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox

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.

Find Volunteer Opportunities

A simple search on JustServe will tell you

  • 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.

Post Volunteer Opportunities

Whether you need volunteers to fulfill either a one-time or an ongoing need, JustServe can help! To post a volunteer opportunity, scroll down to the bottom of the page on JustServe.org and click on “Submit a Project.” Once you submit your volunteer opportunity, it will be sent to the JustServe committee for consideration and approval.

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

 

Community Service Programs Will Showcase Successes at Utah State Capitol

I heart national service logoSALT LAKE CITY — On February 9, 2017, national service programs from across the state will gather at the Utah State Capitol to share their role in building strong communities. National Service Day on the Hill is an opportunity for program managers to engage policy makers and spotlight those who improve the quality of life in Utah through volunteerism. Continue reading

Volunteer Management Training

LEARN EFFECTIVE VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT AND RETENTION PRACTICES

BASIC
In this 12-hour professional development course, trainees participate in review of the structure of a successful volunteer management program. The course is based on best practices from the International Council for Volunteer Administration.

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INTERMEDIATE
In this 9-hour course, participants dive into 10 key leverage points to efficiently run a volunteer management program. Participating organizations are eligible for a Credential Badge from the Utah Nonprofits Association upon submitting 18 evidence items of implementation.

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ADVANCED
In this 28-hour change-management course designed for executive leadership, participants complete an in-depth diagnostic assessment, and develop a customized action plan with the support of a coach. National research shows nonprofits who complete this training run on almost half the median budget and are in a better position for organizational growth than those nonprofits that don’t leverage volunteers across all levels of their organization.

Coming soon!

UPCOMING TRAININGS

*CANCELED* September 18-19 | Grand County
Volunteer Management Training
Moab, UT
Monday, September 18 and Tuesday, September 19, 9AM-5PM


December 7 – 8 | Utah County
Volunteer Management Training
Location TBD, Utah County
Thursday, December 7 and Friday December 8, 9AM-5PM
Registration will open in June. For more details, click here.
Level: Basic

ABOUT THE BASIC VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT TRAINING

Utah has led the nation in volunteerism for 11 consecutive years. This abundant resource of human capital is a unique and powerful asset in our state that can address critical community needs such as literacy, unemployment, homelessness, healthcare access, and environmental conservation. 

The challenge we face is not a lack of interest in volunteering but a lack of capacity in much of our volunteer infrastructure.  Volunteers are often inefficiently managed by the organizations who utilize them. Furthermore, many nonprofit and local government volunteer managers aren’t given the tools necessary to effectively engage and retain volunteers. 

UServeUtah’s Volunteer Management Training was created as a resource for organizations to more effectively and efficiently engage volunteers. Based on international best practice research, this 11 module training walks participants through foundational principles like developing volunteer job descriptions, recruitment, appropriate placement, orientation & training, supervision, and evaluation.

Upon completion of the program, coordinators have the necessary skills to:

  1. Assess volunteer needs and match those needs with the strategic goals of the organization.
  2. Develop relevant, competency-based volunteer roles and opportunities that attract and retain high caliber volunteers to address critical social needs in their communities.

In 2016, seven volunteer management trainings were held across the state from Ogden to St. George–including a customized version for Museum Managers developed in partnership with the Utah Division of Arts and Museums. Over 140 organizations were trained, including nonprofits, foundations, higher education institutions, and local government. 94% of participants reported an increase in both knowledge and skills after attending the training. Additionally, in a survey administered several months after training, over 70% of trained organizations implemented at least 8 of the 13-volunteer management best practices taught in the course. 

2016 attendee comments: 

  • I wish I had known of a training like this when I first started managing volunteers!
  • Our volunteer program looks completely different than it did before I did this training.
  • I had a wonderful time and felt that I got a lot out of my time here. Thank you very much. I will definitely recommend this course!

For more information, contact Mary Buehler at mbuehler@utah.gov or (801) 245-7283.

2017 MLK Day Projects

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Congratulations to our 2017 MLK Day of Service grant winners! Join us next year for MLK Day of Service.

Brigham Young University Center for Service and Learning
BYU will celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. by hosting a cultural celebration followed by 25-30 service projects on-campus and in various locations in Provo and Orem. Each service project is designed to help the community through beautification, community clean-up projects and meeting needs of individuals in stressful situations, and by providing comfort and peace to those in need. Get involved.

Family Support Center of Southwestern Utah
The mission of the Family Support Center of Southwestern Utah is to strengthen families, protect children, and promote healthy relationships through educational support, respite care, home visitation services, crisis intervention and community collaboration. This MLK Day, the center will be turned into a portrait studio where both current clients and families in the community can have free family portraits taken. Anyone can help out this MLK Day, including skills-based volunteers with experience in photography, hair and make-up, and carpentry. Get involved.

Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties
Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties is hosting a week long garage sale where volunteers will sort, organize, and assist in raising funds for local families in need. Volunteers will meet the next three families whose homes they are building and for which this event is raising funds for. This is a wonderful opportunity for volunteers to understand the needs of families in their community, and help give back. Get Involved.

Neighborhood House
Neighborhood house will host their free January Thrift Shop from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm at their Children’s Center on January 17. From 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. on January 17, the Thrift Shop is combined with a Resource Fair to connect families with additional services that promote education and literacy, combat poverty, support older and disabled adults, and help low-income families improve their quality of life. Volunteers are needed to organize, sort and display donations for the Thrift Shop. Get involved.

Playworks Utah
Playworks is teaming up with the Association for Utah Community Health and the Boys and Girls Club of Utah County to sew monster dolls and write notes for patients in long-term care at Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital. Playworks needs help making 600 monster dolls this MLK Day. Volunteers are encouraged to register by January 9th.

Public School Partnership
On January 16, the Public & School Partnership and Cache Valley National Service Alliance (CVNSA) will engage volunteers in a food, hygiene, household, and baby supply drive in Cache County. Stations will be set up at four local grocery stores where National Service and community volunteers will solicit food, household, hygiene, and baby supply donations from store patrons and local residents. Get involved.

University of Utah Bennion Center
The Bennion Center will engage the University of Utah students and the community in action, change, and learning by participating in a morning of service on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Volunteers are needed at the following locations across the Salt Lake Valley: Big Brothers Big Sisters, First Step House, Friends for Sight, Maliheh Free Clinic, Knitting Necessities at the Bennion Center, United Way Home Fire Campaign, Utah AIDS Foundation. Get involved.

Weber State University Center for Community Engaged Learning
Weber State University will engage student and community volunteers in 6 different events happening over 6 days, beginning with a breakfast, presentation, and Freedom March honoring the vision and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Volunteers are needed to help make fleece blankets for Your Community Connection, assist with a Special Olympics volleyball tournament, mentor youth at the YMCA and GOAL foundation, and organize donations for the CCS of Northern Utah. Get involved.

Or, check out this list of service opportunities. If you have a project consider registering it by visiting the mlkday.gov site. We also have Toolkits for creating projects.

Save

Utah #1 in volunteering for 11th year

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Utah continues to lead the country in volunteer rates, according to data released Nov. 15 by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The release of the Volunteering and Civic Life in America report marks the 11th year Utah has led the nation in total volunteerism.

According to the report, Utah is the only state to achieve a total volunteerism rate above 40 percent. Utah had 43 percent of their residents volunteer, while the second-highest state, Minnesota, had 35 percent of their residents volunteer.

Volunteer activities, which can include everything from distributing food to mentoring to coaching youth sports, will prove even more important as a way to strengthen communities. In a country often divided on political lines, volunteering can provide a bridge between differences.

“Utahns have a strong history of volunteering and building their communities through service, which this ranking reflects,” Gov. Gary R. Herbert said. “Our greater sense of cooperation and charity makes for a more civil, generous society.”

The Volunteering and Civic Life in America report is part of a comprehensive study of volunteering and civic engagement in the United States. Annual data on volunteering and civic activities was collected from Americans age 16 and older through the Current Population Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.

According to the data, 844,023 Utah residents volunteered a total of 170 million hours of service. Those volunteer hours translated to an economic benefit of $3.8 billion. Additionally, 65 percent of Utah residents donated $25 or more to charity.

Three cities in Utah also ranked high in the report. Ogden claimed the top spot for mid-size cities from Provo, which fell to second. Salt Lake City has the second-highest percentage of residents volunteering among large cities.

Looking for opportunities to volunteer in your community? Visit our resources page.

 

Service Survey

Help us shape service and volunteerism in Utah

Utah is well known for the generosity of its citizens, whether it be through financial or human capital and has been ranked the #1 most charitable state in the country. This generosity has enriched the lives of citizens across the state in many ways, especially through service and volunteerism.

UServeUtah, the Lieutenant Governor’s Office for Service and Volunteerism, develops and annually updates a statewide plan for service to adapt services and resources to better meet community needs.

By participating in this survey, you will help guide UServeUtah’s new strategic plan and shape the future of the state’s goals, priorities, and strategies for utilizing service and volunteerism to better address community needs. This plan will be the road-map to building a framework that harnesses and focuses our unique and invaluable resource – the amazing cultural ethic of service and volunteerism that exists among Utah citizens.

We value your opinion as we launch this planning effort and appreciate your time and your input!

Take the survey here.

GIVE Salt Lake

WHAT
As we become increasingly interconnected, we have an opportunity to rise to a new standard of collective impact. GIVE Salt Lake is an opportunity for business and nonprofit leaders to align their efforts—and produce large-scale data-driven social impact. This 2nd annual event will offer two days of inspiring leadership, networking and partnership, and impact educational experiences in both corporate giving and nonprofit management. To find more information or to buy tickets, visit the GIVE website.

WHEN
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 8:00 AM – Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 4:00 PM

WHERE
David Eccles School of Business – 1655 Campus Center Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84112

The National Service Story

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)

Civilian Conservation CorpsDuring the Great Depression of the 1930s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps which recruited over four million young people and provided billions of dollars worth of support to communities. Through 11 years of the Great Depression, CCC members restored the nation’s parks, revitalized the economy, enabled millions of families to live in dignity, and developed new skills to support themselves and their families. Inspired by the CCC model, over a thousand AmeriCorps* National Civilian Community Corps members are at work today on special urban and rural projects.

Peace Corps

PeaceCorpsIn the 1960s, the call to service came from President John F. Kennedy who challenged Americans to “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” This strong spirit of citizenship inspired the Peace Corps. Today, thousands of young Peace Corps volunteers travel far and wide to connect America with the world through peaceful service efforts, such as building schools to promote literacy, helping farmers provide food for the hungry, and setting up hospitals to care for the sick. After returning from overseas, Peace Corps volunteers put their new knowledge to work at home, changing America for the better.

VISTA and the National Senior Service Corps

senior corpsThe 1960s also saw the birth of Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) which organizes efforts to help low-income citizens and communities mobilize efforts to address their challenges. One initiative to engage older Americans in service grew into the National Senior Service Corps, which now includes the Foster Grandparents Program, the Senior Companion Program, and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.

 

National & Community Service Trust Act

Corporation LogoPresident Bill Clinton sponsored the National and Community Service Trust Act which was passed and signed into law on September 21, 1993. The legislation created a new federal agency, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), to administer federally-funded national service programs. The law created AmeriCorps, which was designed to support local, state, and national organizations across the nation that involve Americans in results-driven community service.

National Service Today

Time MagOn March 31, 2009 the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act was passed. This bill focuses on significantly expanding and improving opportunities for utilizing National Service to meet specific national challenges.  Pressing challenges such as tackling the dropout crisis and strengthening our schools; improving energy efficiency; safeguarding the environment; improving health care in low-income communities; expanding economic opportunities for low-income individuals; and preparing for and responding to disasters and emergencies.

OBAMAKENNDYPresident Obama, reflecting on the passage of the new legislation said “Our work is not finished when I sign this bill into law – it has just begun. It is up to each of us to seize this opportunity, to do our part to lift up our fellow Americans, to realize our own true potential. I call on all Americans to stand up and do what they can to serve their communities, shape our history and enrich both their own lives and the lives of others across this country.”