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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. Governor Spencer Cox

Holiday Service Pledge Drive

Join UServeUtah’s Holiday Service Pledge Drive to commit to help meet community needs long after the holidays have passed.

Get Involved

Follow the simple steps below to participate in the Holiday Service Pledge Drive.

In 2017:

  1. Pledge to volunteer during 2018 by completing this Google Form. You decide how many hours to pledge and when you would like to serve, and UServeUtah will help you fulfill your commitment.
  2. If you wish to honor a loved one with your service, download and print a Certificate of Service to present to him or her as a gift.
  3. Share the Holiday Service Pledge Drive with your friends on Facebook. Copy and paste this page’s URL into a Facebook post or click the Facebook logo at the top of this page to announce on Facebook that you pledged. Please use #UTServicePledge.

In 2018:

  1. Receive a reminder via email to volunteer as well as some resources for finding a volunteer project.
  2. Choose a volunteer opportunity in your community!
  3. Share your service story at

Why Should I Participate?

Giving the gift of time during the holidays is a hallmark of the season, but the need for kind hearts and an extra pair of helping hands is here all year long.

The goal of this campaign is to create an awareness that organizations are in need of volunteers throughout the year and to collect pledges from people who will provide service during the slower months of the year.

If you are interested in helping promote the Holiday Service Pledge Drive, please contact Kate Hulme at or (801) 245-7281.

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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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


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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