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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.

Summer of Service

Summer of Service is Utah’s statewide initiative to celebrate and mobilize youth 5-25 to make a meaningful difference in their local communities by volunteering June 1 to August 31.

Why serve:

  • Make a difference in someone’s life
  • Learn new skills to build your resume
  • Keep active, stay busy, avoid boredom
  • Have fun and make new friends
  • Earn a Presidential Service Award
  • Read this blog post for more details about why and how youth can serve this summer

Where:

  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Faith-based Organizations
  • Community Events
  • Government Agencies and Schools
  • Individuals (neighbors, family, others)

Qualify for Prizes:

to access the participant login page click hereEach month, qualifying youth are entered into a drawing for prizes. Drawings are held at the end of June, July and August. Prizes include (but are not limited to):

  • VIP passes to Airborne Sports
  • Games of bowling at All Star Bowling & Entertainment
  • Two tickets to Tuacahn Ampitheatre’s Peter Pan
  • Dozen donuts from Banbury Cross
  • Unlimited fun passes at Boondocks
  • Ice cream gift certificates
  • All day passes to Cherry Hill
  • Round trip airfare in continental U.S.
  • Buffet meals at Chuck-A-Rama
  • Gift certificates to Classic Fun Center
  • Funday passes to Glenwood Caverns
  • Day at the Natural History Museum package
  • Universal Day pass to Seven Peaks
  • and more

To see how to qualify for prizes, visit our participant portal.

Earn Presidential Service Recognition:

The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is a premier volunteer awards program.  Youth are invited to participate and be recognized by our nation’s president for being active citizens. Along with the ultimate honor of presidential recognition, recipients will receive a personalized certificate, an official pin and a congratulatory letter from the president of the United States. Youth must complete the following amount of hours June 1 to August 31 for the PVSA:

  • Kids 5-12 (50 hours)
  • Youth 13-18 (75 hours)
  • Young Adults 19-25 (100 hours)

Thank You Sponsors!

Tuachan logo GCAP-logo-2016 Logo     unnamed       Logo USAll-Star_Logo_WhiteBckrnd (1)   Rec center logo   BC    Aggieunnamed (1)      Wasatch Valley Pizza Logo   Red Butte Garden logo Airborne Trampoline Arena logo Seven Peaks Logo SALT LAKE COUNTY LOGO Cherry Hill Logo Command Deck Logo BYU Creamery logo SLC Bees Logo    USNatural History Museum   USThis is the Place Heritage Park   USColor me mine logo

Desert Star Playhouse
Christopherson Business Travel
Natural History Museum
Chuck-A-Rama
Logan Aquatic Center
Roy Aquatic Center
Salt Lake County Ice Center

Need Help?
Call Katie Barlow at 801-245-7281 or kbarlow@utah.gov for more information

Summer of Service Portal

Find Volunteer Opportunities:
Web: Youth Service Directory or State Directory
Phone: 2-1-1 from home phone or 801-736-8929

Track Hours SOSSign-up and Track Hours Online:

  • Click the “track hours” button to sign up for Summer of Service 2016 and click “new user?” to create a new user account
  • After a new user account has been created, click Opportunities>Volunteer Opportunities>Sign Me Up
  • Click Log My Hours>Summer of Service 2016>Enter Service Hours

Qualify for Prizes:
Each month, qualifying youth are entered into a drawing for prizes. Drawings are held at the end of June, July and August. To qualify, youth must complete the following:

  1. volunteer a minimum of 10 hours in the calendar month and track hours through our website
  2. submit a video or photo with story either on social media (tag UServeUtah) or use #utsos16 to tag your photos and videos or email to Katie Barlow at kbarlow@utah.gov.
  3. submit a story either on social media (tag UServeUtah) or use #utsos16 to tag your story or email to Katie Barlow at kbarlow@utah.gov. Story must answer one or more of the following questions: How has your service changed you? What did you learn from serving? What impact did you see from volunteering?

Additional submissions for:

Photo Consent Form
We’d love to feature your pictures of service on our social media sites, website, and printed publications. Please submit a media photo release consent form to kbarlow@utah.gov.

Need Help?
Call Katie Barlow at 801-245-7281 for more information

2016 MLK Day Projects

volunteers doing a service project

Join a Project

Congratulations to our 2015 MLK Day of Service 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. Pre-registration is encouraged so you have a better chance of getting your first choice of the project you’d like to join.

University of Utah Bennion Center

BYU Center for Service and Learning

Weber State University Center for Community Engaged Learning

Public School Partnership

Dixie State University Multicultural/Diversity Center

Playworks

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.

Volunteering and Civic Life in America Report

For the tenth consecutive year, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has ranked Utah first in the U.S. for voluntarism because of Utahns’ generosity and commitment to improve their communities. At a press conference on Tuesday with Governor Gary Herbert the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism announced the 2015 Volunteering and Civic Life in America (VCLA) report ranked Utah as the No. 1 volunteering state in the nation for the tenth year running.

 

Volunteering and Civic Engagement in Utah Trends and Highlights Overview for Utah in for 2014:

  • 46.0% of residents volunteer, ranking them 1st among the 50 states and Washington, DC.
  • 953,990 volunteers
  • 91.7 volunteer hours per capita
  • 193.7 million hours of service
  • $4.5 billion of service contributed
  • 68.0% of residents donate $25 or more to charity

Volunteering and Civic Engagement in Salt Lake City, UT Trends and Highlights Overview for Salt Lake City, UT, in 2014:

  • Ranked #1 in the Nation for Metropolitan-sized cities
  • 37.5% of residents volunteer, ranking them 1st among the 51 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas
  • 295,700 volunteers
  • 78.0 volunteer hours per capita
  • 38.0 million hours of service
  • $1.3 billion of service contributed
  • 66.1% of residents donate $25 or more to charity

Additional data is available on voting, group participation, social connectedness, and other volunteering and civic life indicators at www.volunteeringinamerica.gov

Read the full press release.

Pledge10 in 2016

Utah has led the nation in volunteerism for 10 consecutive years. We’d like you to join us in celebrating Utah’s continued commitment to service by joining Pledge10 to volunteer beyond what you’re already doing in your community in 2016. We want to make this our biggest and best year of service yet as we reach out to one another, do a little bit of good, and watch the world change.

Here are some examples of ways you can Pledge10:

  1. Pledge nowAs a family, serve 10 neighbors by shoveling their driveway, making them a treat, or fixing a fence.
  2. As a family, serve 10 aging adults by visiting a care facility or elderly neighbor.
  3. As a faith-based or community organization, gather 10 people to complete a service project together.
  4. As a faith-based or community organization, plant at least 10 trees together.
  5. As a school, adopt 10 organizations to benefit throughout the year.
  6. As class, collect 10 pounds of clothing or food per month to donate to food banks and/or homeless shelters.
  7. As a company, commit 10 employees to volunteer for a particular organization or cause during the year.
  8. As a company, offer employees 10 hours per quarter to volunteer for an organization of their choice.
  9. As an individual, commit to volunteer for an organization at least 10 times throughout the year.
  10. As an individual, challenge 10 people to volunteer with you or host a competition to see who can be the first to volunteer 10 times in 2016.

Or develop your own creative pledge idea and share it with us!

Share your service stories on social media! #Pledge10Utah

Family Volunteer Day

Kick off the holiday season with loved ones and an act of kindness on Saturday, Nov. 21 (the weekend before Thanksgiving) to celebrate the 25th Annual Family Volunteer Day, brought to you by generationOn and Disney Friends for Change. Read more

Lt. Governor to Honor Veterans Across Utah Serving in National Service

On November 11, 2015, Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox will honor AmeriCorps members serving in Utah who are military veterans or reservists. This recognition is part of a national service initiative called Vet Corps which will recognize those who have continued serving their country as a civilian through AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs. The initiative also recognizes individuals who serve veterans and military families.

“On behalf of Utah, we want to thank this special group who show their commitment to serving their country twice; first as a member of our nation’s military and again as AmeriCorps members here in Utah,” Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox said.

Vet Corps will unite nearly 27,000 veterans from World War II and the Vietnam War, to the first Gulf War and the most recent Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts; those who have dedicated themselves to public service as AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members.

“Veterans bring the skills they acquired in their military service to continue serving on the home-front through AmeriCorps,” LaDawn Stoddard, UServeUtah Director said. “Because of their past service they are uniquely positioned to make an impact in their local communities.”

In Utah, veterans or reservists can be found serving in many AmeriCorps programs including the Utah Conservation Corps, Salt Lake County Homelessness Program, and the Utah Preparedness and Response Corps operating out of the Red Cross. These members are engaging in a wide variety of service activities in Utah, from improving literacy and increasing graduation rates, providing mental healthcare and disaster preparedness training, to assisting homeless individuals and families to transition into housing and job services, they are truly making a difference every day.

In addition to engaging vets or reservists, AmeriCorps programs also focus on providing support services to veterans and military family members. The American Red Cross Utah Region hosts a program that outreaches to veterans and provides resources and information such as housing support, financial assistance, healthcare, and job placement services. Red Cross AmeriCorps members have provided this kind of support to nearly 900 veterans here in Utah.

For more information about AmeriCorps in Utah visit UServe.Utah.gov. For more information about Senior Corps please visit nationalservice.gov.
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