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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

Philanthropy Day Announces 2017 Award Honorees

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Philanthropy Day Steering Committee, chaired by Mike Washburn of Thanksgiving Point with honorary chair Davis Smith of Cotopaxi, is excited to announce the 2017 Utah Philanthropy Day honorees. Utah Philanthropy Day is hosted collaboratively by the Utah Nonprofits Association, Association for Fundraising Professionals Utah Chapter, and UServeUtah.
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9/11 Day of Service Projects

volunteers doing a service project

Congratulations to our 2017 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance grant winners! If you’re interested in learning more about the service projects happening across the state and how you can get involved, click on the links below.

Boys and Girls Club of Northern Utah
To remember September 11th, the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Utah will hold an education day for their youth volunteers on the 8th of September, during which community members will speak about both the tragedy of the terror attacks and the heroism it inspired. Then on September 11th, the youth volunteers will serve in the community alongside government leaders during a day of thanks. Get involved.

Dixie State University–Dixie Serves
Dixie State University is hosting a children’s book drive in partnership with United Way Dixie. Volunteers are needed to assist with setting up, greeting attendees, and collecting and sorting books to support literacy programs in Washington county. Community members are invited to bring a new children’s book for a free brunch and listen to stories being read by community members and veterans. Get involved.

Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties
Join Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties and help build homes in Ogden. Volunteers could be involved in any number of tasks that are included in building a home including painting, nailing, landscaping, and cleaning. A US veteran is among the recipients of the homes that will be built on the day of service. Get involved.

Six County RSVP
As a part of their 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance, the Six County RSVP will prepare volunteers for future disaster. Volunteers will be trained on several topics related to disaster preparedness, including how to prepare for a disaster, how to help yourself and others in the event of a disaster, and how to better train the community. Volunteers will be asked to join a CERT team and have opportunities for ongoing volunteer service. Get involved.

United Way of Eastern Utah
In conjunction with their Day of Caring, the United Way of Eastern Utah will be doing service all across Carbon County. Volunteers will be participating in a variety of service including cleaning yards and community gardens, mowing, painting and lots more. Volunteers will work with almost all of the nonprofits in the area and join 700 other volunteers. Get involved.

United Way of Utah County
Volunteers serving with United Way of Utah County will join hundreds of other volunteers serving in a large variety of activities: reading with children, participating in activities with mentally disabled adults, building homes for low income families, painting local agencies’ buildings, and so much more. This 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance will be done alongside United Way’s Day of Caring.

West View Media
West View Media, with the help of their volunteers, will make walking along the Jordan River Parkway a little easier and more beautiful. Volunteers will clean up the Parkway and remove puncturevine. They are then invited to a pancake breakfast and an opportunity drawing. Get involved.

Corporate Social Impact

Businesses in Utah are thriving, adding jobs and resources to the economy. Some companies have started Employee Volunteer Programs to further give back to the community. An Employee Volunteer Program (EVP) is an organized effort to motivate and encourage employees to volunteer their time and skills to the community. UServeUtah has compiled a few resources to help you develop your own EVP. We will continue to add to these resources in order to support your efforts in engaging employees in volunteerism.

Please take our survey of Utah companies and organizations about Employee Volunteer Programs.

Businesses with an employee volunteer program, please use this link.
Businesses without an employee volunteer program, please use the this link.

Employee Engagement Tools

How to Start an Employee Volunteer Program
How to Get Employees Engaged in Volunteer Work
The 7 Practices of Effective Employee Volunteer Programs
How to Pledge 1% of Employee Time
How to Pledge 1% of Product
Points of Light Resources for Companies


Click the image to download a PDF.

Sample Volunteer Job Description


Developing New Volunteer Opportunities

Staff Assessment of a Volunteer Program

Assessment of Volunteer Programs (Staff)

Assessment of Volunteer Programs (Admin)

Volunteer Assessment

Assessment of Volunteer Programs (Volunteer)

Engaging Underrepresented Populations Toolkits

Why Should I Volunteer With My Family?
Supporting Family Volunteering
Five Reasons to Recruit Youth Volunteers
Self-Assessment Tool for Engaging Underrepresented Populations in Volunteerism

General Toolkits

Utah: A Culture of Volunteerism
Starting your own Service Project
Advocating for Volunteer Management
National Preparedness Month Presentation
Volunteering your Business Skills at a Nonprofit
Toolkit for Program Sustainability
Engaging Youth Volunteers

Employee Engagement Toolkits

How to Start an Employee Volunteer Program
How to get Employees Engaged in Volunteer Work
The 7 Practices of Effective Employee Volunteer Programs
How to Pledge 1% of Employee Time
How to Pledge 1% of Product
Points of Light Resources for Companies

National Days of Service and Organized Service Project Toolkits

MLK Day Funding Guide
MLK Day Toolkit
Self Organizing MLK Day Project Ideas
Communicating through Digital and Social Media
Recruiting Boomers and Seniors for Volunteer Projects
Retaining Boomer Volunteers
Volunteer Recruiting
Tips for Retaining Volunteers
Retaining Student Volunteers

Youth and Families Service Toolkits

Family Service Guide
Engaging Youth in Service
Youth Summer Service Project Ideas
GYSD Project Planning Toolkit
GYSD General Project Press Template
55 Environmental Service Projects
Template Letter to State Farm Agents

Disaster Services Toolkits

How to Prepare Your Home
How to Donate Responsibly
How to Do the Greatest Good in a Disaster
55 Ways to Re-Purpose Material Donations


Research shows that volunteerism can make you happier, more fulfilled and make your community stronger. Want to see the research on why you should volunteer? Here’s some:

Outside Websites

National Service-Learning Clearinghouse

National Service Knowledge Network

How Volunteering Can Help You Get a Job

Volunteering Can Help Your Career

Foundation Center Annual Report

The Community Foundation of Utah

Value of Volunteer Time

A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family and Community Connections on Student Achievement

Parent Involvement in Schools

Connecting Youth and Strengthening Communities

PDF Resources on Volunteer Management

Managing Volunteers: Balancing Risk and Reward

UPS Volunteer Resource Management

Adult Volunteerism Outcomes

Family Volunteering

How Volunteerism Shapes Professional Success

Is Volunteering Rewarding In Itself?

Managing Spontaneous Volunteers

Measuring Volunteerism

Skilled Based Volunteerism by Occupation

PDF Resources on AmeriCorps Service

Effects of AmeriCorps on Participant Readiness

AmeriCorps Service: Personal and Professional Boost

PDF Resources on Disaster Service

Concept of Volunteers Evolving

Please do not send your old shoes

Disaster Volunteers Curb Your Enthusiasm



The Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism (UServeUtah) is an active board of commissioners appointed by the Governor to support volunteerism in Utah. The commission meets bimonthly to direct and carry out the mission and objectives of the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism, and fulfill the statutory responsibilities for State Commissions under the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993.

Each commission member serves a 3-year term and can be appointed to serve up to two consecutive terms. Time spent as a commission member is completely voluntary. They function as “Ambassadors of Service” in their local communities to promote volunteerism and service opportunities. To see a list of past commissioners, click here.

2017 Board Members

  • Lieutenant Governor Spencer J. CoxSpencer Cox
    Lieutenant Governor, State of Utah
  • Debbie Hardy photoDebbie Hardy
    Intermountain Healthcare & Commission Chair
  • LINDSEY KNEUVENLindsey Kneuven
    Cotopaxi & Community Engagement Chair
  • Dave Clark photoDavid Clark
    Zions Bank & National Service Chair
  • Kris HamletKris Hamlet
    Utah Division of Emergency Management & Commission Past Chair
  • Chris BrayChris Bray
    Boeing Salt Lake & Commission Past Chair
  • Stan Penfold HeadshotStan Penfold
    Utah AIDS Foundation
  • Jill Remington Love
    Department of Heritage and Arts
  • David Buhler
    Utah Higher Education
  • Jake MurakamiJake Murakami
    The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) State Office
  • Paul Leggett
    Aging and Adult Services at Salt Lake County
  • Rep. Becky Edwards
    Utah State Legislature
  • Todd Hansen
    LDS Church
  • photo coming soonMelissa Fromm
    Forever Young Foundation
  • Sydnee Dickson
    Utah State Board of Education
  • Vikram Ravi
    Youth Commissioner
  • Karen McCandless
    Community Action Services and Food Bank
  • Debra Hoyt
    Dominion Energy

For meeting agendas and minutes produced prior to January 2017, please contact Kate Hulme at or (801) 245-7281.

Meeting Agendas

September 2017 Commission Meeting Agenda
July 2017 Commission Meeting Agenda
May 2017 Commission Meeting Agenda
March 2017 Commission Meeting Agenda
January 2017 Commission Meeting Agenda

Meeting Minutes

September 2017 Commission Meeting Minutes
July 2017 Commission Meeting Minutes
May 2017 Commission Meeting Minutes
March 2017 Commission Meeting Minutes
January 2017 Commission Meeting Minutes

Partner Events

Utah Philanthropy Day

Each November since 1999, the Association of Fundraising Professionals Utah Chapter (formerly Utah Society of Fund Raisers), Utah Nonprofits Association, and UServeUtah have celebrated Utah’s outstanding philanthropists and volunteer leaders at the annual Philanthropy Day Luncheon. Seven prestigious awards along with the Heart & Hands Award honor the various components of the critical nexus between visionary, supportive philanthropy and thriving, creative nonprofit organizations that respond to community concerns and the need for change. For more information, visit Utah Philanthropy Day’s website.

November 16, 2017, 11:30 am -1:30 pm

Grand America Ballroom
(555 S Main, Salt Lake City, Utah)

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UNA Conference

The Utah Nonprofits Association seeks to unify, strengthen, and elevates Utah’s nonprofits and promotes strong and vibrant communities for all of Utah. For more information about the conference, visit their website.

September 14, 2017 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

September 14, 2017 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
1651 N 700 W, Layton, UT 84041

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Give Utah

As we become increasingly interconnected, we have an opportunity to rise to a new standard of collective impact. GIVE Utah is an opportunity for business and nonprofit leaders to align their efforts—and produce large-scale data-driven social impact. The mission of Give Utah is to assemble the most innovative, collaborative, and conscientious nonprofit and business leaders to exponentially increase the effectiveness of giving. 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.

Spring 2017