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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.

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.

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UPCOMING TRAININGS

May 11 – 12 | Salt Lake County
Volunteer Management Training
Salt Lake City
Thursday, May 11 and Friday May 12, 9AM-5PM
Department of Human Services located inside the Multi Agency State Office Building (MASOB) Room 1019 A and B, 195 N 1950 W, Salt Lake City
Register
Level: Basic


September 18-19 | Grand County
Volunteer Management Training
Moab, UT
Monday, September 18 and Tuesday, September 19, 9AM-5PM
The Grand Center, Main Hall, 182 N. 500 W. Moab
Register
Level: Basic


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.

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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.”

 

A Quick Fix for Summertime Boredom

By Rochelle Runge, UServeUtah

Finally, the much anticipated event has arrived: Summer! The kids, initially excited for a break, now spend their days in idle boredom, trying to entertain themselves and pestering you to entertain them.

“Mom, I’m bored, there’s nothing to do!”

“Hey! Dad, can we have something to eat?”

“MOM, can we DO something!”

Does this sound familiar? Are your kids bored and driving you crazy? Are you looking for a way to keep them engaged this summer?

Volunteer!
Why not make it a Summer of Service? Research shows that service benefits youth in many ways such as improved academic performance and mental health, and a reduction of high-risk behaviors like drug and alcohol abuse. Volunteering is also a great way for kids to make friends, stay active, learn new skills, and build a strong résumé. Studies show that when people begin volunteering at a young age it develops into a life-long commitment. So why not encourage the youth in your life to make a difference in their community and make it a Summer of Service?  

Kid-Friendly Service Ideas
Getting involved is easy. Check out some of our suggestions below or organize a service project wherever there is a need in your community!

  • Mow a neighbor’s lawn
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter
  • Sort food at a local food bank
  • Pick up litter at a local park
  • Find more ideas visit UServeUtah’s Pinterest Page or our website

Utah Youths Get Involved in their Communities
During previous summers, many kids decided to get involved and serve their communities. Twelve year old Armani from Farr West hosted a lemonade stand, bake sale, BBQ, and raffle to help earn money for backpacks and school supplies for kids in need. She also volunteered at Bridging the Gap and the Alpine Outreach Center. I love to know I’m making a positive difference in the world. I love helping people and making people happy,” stated Armani. Sophie, age 15, from Brigham City read to kids at the library and served food at her local food kitchen. These great volunteers and the many other Summer of Service participants are true community ambassadors of volunteerism. They are young leaders making a real difference and creating a new definition of “summer fun.”

UServeUtah’s Sumer of Service- Extra Incentive
“But what’s in it for me?” your child might ask.

With most things, kids need something tangible to pique their interest.  Not to worry! UServeUtah has got your back. Sign them up for Summer of Service!  In addition to the “helper’s high,” (that feel-good sensation you get from doing acts of service) youth ages 5-25 who participate in the Summer of Service are eligible for monthly prize drawings by tracking their service hours online on our website and sharing their stories, photos, and videos on social media using hashtag #utsos16.

Volunteering doesn’t only benefit the community but also the volunteer. Youth who volunteer 50-100 hours, depending on their age, can earn the Presidential Service Award which is a great addition to any college or scholarship application or résumé. Youth eligible for the Presidential Service Award will receive a personalized certificate, official pin, and a congratulatory letter signed by the President of the United States.

So why not put an end to your kid’s boredom and nagging? Make a difference in the community and win some great prizes like Tuacahn tickets, Boondocks passes, and more. Don’t let your kids suffer from brain drain, keep them involved. Get your kids out there, teach them the value of serving their communities, have fun, and make this a summer of service!  Any type of activity involving service in the community qualifies for Summer of Service.  Learn more how to get involved on our Summer of Service page.