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Find 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.

Using JustServe

A simple search on 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.

Volunteering and Donating in a Disaster

In the event of a disaster which escalates to the state level, UServeUtah serves on the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) as the state lead in volunteer and donation management across Utah. Below are some points to consider if you would like to volunteer or donate in the event of a disaster.


Disaster volunteers are priceless but disaster survivors are our purpose. Here are some tips to volunteer effectively in the event of a disaster:

  • If possible, you should consider joining a voluntary organization before a disaster strikes to learn valuable skills that are needed in disaster response. Some of these organizations include Citizen Corps groups (CERT, VIPS, MRC, Fire Corps and tablesNeighborhood Watch), the American Red Cross Utah Region, and Team Rubicon.
  • In the event of a disaster, learn where and when your skills will be needed before traveling to the disaster site. You can do this by contacting a temporary Volunteer Coordinator Center (which may be set up in the aftermath of the disaster) or one of the previously mentioned organizations.
  • Before traveling to the disaster service, ensure that you will come prepared to serve. This includes ensuring your food and water needs will be provided for, so that you don’t take valuable resources from disaster victims.


Donating cash is best. Cash doesn’t need to be sorted, stored or distributed, and it gives a voluntary organization to make bulk purchases locally to help the most urgent needs. People who do the most good practice smart compassion. They stop, think, and give cash. Visit Greatest Good Calculator to learn the real costs behind donating goods.

If giving cash is not possible, donations of goods should only be given when a request for these specific donations has been made. These requests can be found on the Utah NeedsFeed.

Starting your own project

Getting Started
While no two projects will be the same, successful projects will share a few common practices. We encourage you to incorporate the following elements into your service project:

  • Create a team with your friends and neighbors to share the effort
  • Set outcome-based goals and track your progress to those goals
  • Celebrate your successes together

The Challenge:  Many community-based organizations do not have enough capacity to manage a large number of volunteers, so they need you to organize yourself in coordination with them. This tool kit is designed to either help you organize a group and be a positive addition to a community-based organization, or, if such an organization does not exist, to be a well-organized, independently-run group that fills a needed gap in the community.

A step by step guide to getting started and executing service activities follows. Please let us know how your project goes and what you learn by telling your story at

No one knows your community better than you and your neighbors do. This summer, take proactive steps to address the challenges you see daily and generate solutions that work in your neighborhood. Whether you and your team decide to partner with the local library to refurbish reading rooms or to organize meal distribution at a community center, you already have the resources you need to get started.

  • Speak with your connector organization and find out what’s already happening in your community. If you see a service gap, consider creating your own project.
  • Brainstorm with friends and local leaders about what your community most needs.
  • Conduct a needs assessment by mapping resources, holding focus groups, or distributing a survey.
  • Learn about strategic tools to use in identifying local needs.
  • Visit the Corporation for National and Community Service website for suggested service activities.

number-2Step Two: BUILD A TEAM
Teams can help share the work, motivate members, and hold each other accountable. Teams build community. Ask your family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and faith group members to serve with you. Teams can be made up of a group of businesses or organizations that all believe in the same cause. Consider Schools, Community-Based Organizations, Volunteer Centers, Government Agencies, and Businesses.

  • Host a house meeting or pot luck to choose a project, set goals, recruit volunteers, and plan next steps.
  • Post your service activity through your local connector organization to recruit new volunteers.

number-3Step Three: SET A GOAL
Set a service goal and hold yourself accountable. Commit as individuals and as a team to making a measurable impact. Set your goals high to stretch yourself. Then keep track of how you are doing and designate someone to be responsible for updating the group on how you are progressing toward your goals. You’ll be surprised at how much you can do when you commit, focus, and follow through.

  • As an individual, I will _____________this month/season/year.
  • As a team, we will _______________this month/season/year.

The key to effective service is planning. Organize your materials, make confirmation calls and, if you have time, read supplemental materials before you volunteer. Get out there and make things happen. Today is your day, sometimes there will be stumbling blocks along the way, but if you remind yourself and your team why you got into serving, the service will come easier and the solutions will present themselves.

  • Set clear expectations and achievable goals.
  • Routinely tell stories about what these goals mean & why your team members in particular matter for reaching these goals.
  • Strategize with team members (ask for suggestions, feedback on process).
  • Give all team members meaningful decisions to make about how they will meet their goals.
  • Motivate people into action. We’re all naturally afraid when trying something new, but we learn much more from getting on the bike and falling off and trying again than we’ll ever learn from talking about riding the bike.
  • Allow your team to make mistakes. Evaluate often so you can learn from your failures as well as successes.
  • When presented with problems and questions, ask for suggestions and solutions (rather than dwelling on problems or giving the solution yourself).
  • Be open and honest. Share stories about your past failures as well as accomplishments. People are more receptive when they can learn through your failures as well as your success stories.
  • Stay positive, acknowledge challenges, and focus on solutions.

Your team members, the community, and even UserveUtah want to know about your successes and hear your stories. Share your accomplishments by reporting your results. We will highlight the best stories throughout the year. Tell us about your successes and what you have learned, or just tell your story of service

  • Celebration and Recognition. Make sure to celebrate your project. You can do this through simple thank you calls or cards, you can hold an event, such as a pizza party to recognize all those who helped. People like to know that what they did was important and helped the community.
  • Be sure to write thank you notes to the people and businesses who contributed cash or made other donations to your project.
  • Reflection and Evaluation. It’s important to understand what you did through your service, both for yourself and for your community. Think about what you learned through the project. For example, has your attitude about homelessness changed after working in a soup kitchen? What did you learn about yourself? Did you know you could teach before tutoring a younger child?

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Utah AmeriCorps Programs

Click here if you are interested in joining a Utah AmeriCorps program, or reach out to one of the program directors listed below.

United Way of Salt Lake
Carmela Castaneda
257 East 200 South, Suite 300
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Program Focus: Education
The United Way of Salt Lake’s AmeriCorps Program focuses on providing math tutoring to students in the Granite School District. The AmeriCorps Math program utilizes the pull-out model, which consists of AmeriCorps members and volunteers tutoring students during the day at each site. Members and volunteers tutor students using the pull-out model to address gaps in understanding of key concepts that must be addressed to develop grade level proficiency. At-risk students are selected from first to third grade classes for support through an assessment.
AmeriCorps Members: 10

For more information, click here.

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Dominic Bills
1060 East 150 North
Provo, UT 84606

Program Focus: Education
The Utah STEM Initiative AmeriCorps Program engages underprivileged youth in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Through tutoring and mentoring activities, students increase their knowledge of the STEM field and experience a shift in attitude, awareness, engagement, behavior and skill. Students are also mentored and have the opportunity to network with STEM professionals and education institutions.
AmeriCorps Members: 56

For more information, click here.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Weber-Davis (BGCWD) 
Linda Anderson

2302 Washington Blvd. Ste. 201
Ogden, UT 84401

Program Focus: Education
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Weber-Davis (BGCWD) provides additional support to students who are at risk of dropping out of school due to chronic absenteeism and students who are not achieving mastery levels on SAGE (state-wide testing) assessments. AmeriCorps members support these students by mentoring them both during the school day and after school at the club.
AmeriCorps Members: 14

For more information, click here.

BYU Family, Home and Social Science (FHSS)BYU Social Work AmeriCorps program
Charlene Clark
BYU – School of Social Work
2190C JFSB
Provo, UT 84602

Program Focus: Healthy Futures
BYU Family, Home and Social Science (FHSS) AmeriCorps utilizes members from the BYU FHSS student body to increase the capacity of non-profit mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities. Under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional, AmeriCorps members serve in a variety of service locations along the Wasatch Front, providing direct clinical services to clients seeking treatment.
AmeriCorps Members: 112

For more information, click here.

Utah Higher Education AmeriCorps Network
Maggie Roberts
1901 E South Campus Dr, RM 1130
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Program Focus: Healthy Futures & Education
Utah Higher Education AmeriCorps Network (UHEAN) utilizes students as AmeriCorps members at seven colleges and universities throughout the state. UHEAN will place AmeriCorps members who provide support to hundreds of community organizations through direct service and capacity building efforts. The work performed by AmeriCorps members increases the ability for organizations to continue providing much-needed services in the areas of education, healthy futures and economic opportunity.
AmeriCorps Members: 924

For more information, click here.

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Sean Damitz
7205 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322

Program Focus: Environmental Stewardship
Utah Conservation Corps is a statewide program that partners with federal, state, local, and nonprofit agencies to protect, restore and enhance our environment. This program engages AmeriCorps members in working to complete projects in creation, maintenance, and improvement of trail access. In addition, members participate in construction and maintenance, noxious weed removal, habitat restoration, fuels reduction, environmental education, and volunteer management. Many of the AmeriCorps members are also certified first responders, making them available for deployment in the event of an emergency or disaster situation in the United States.
AmeriCorps Members: 180

For more information, click here.

Canyon Country Youth Corps
Chris Giangreco
1117 N Main St.
P.O. Box 1029
Monticello, UT 84535

Program Focus: Environmental Stewardship
Canyon Country Youth Corps, operating through the Four Corners School of Outdoor Education, addresses needs in Utah’s most rural and economically challenged area, San Juan County. The Youth Corps completes fuels reduction, invasive species removal, riparian restoration, trail maintenance, and construction projects on public lands. AmeriCorps members work with underserved youth as part of these crews, with the goal of healthier public land ecosystems that will also cultivate the next generation of environmental stewards.
AmeriCorps Members: 33

For more information, click here.

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Cynthia O’Connor
860 E 4500 S, #206
Salt Lake City, UT 84107

Program Focus: Healthy Futures & Economic Opportunity
The Utah Healthcare Corps, operating through the Association for Utah Community Health, places AmeriCorps members at sites across the state where they work to improve health outcomes in the areas of immunization, diabetes, insurance enrollment and reduction of health disparities for special populations. Members work to reduce barriers to healthcare and expand services for the medically underserved.
AmeriCorps Members: 26

For more information, click here.

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Linda Brown
1950 Monroe
Ogden, UT 84401

Program Focus: Education
Mentoring for Success focuses on supporting at-risk students and providing services for elementary schools, including: tutoring, mentoring, case management for families, attendance tracking/early warning systems, and positive behavioral intervention support. Across the state, AmeriCorps members ensure participating K-6 students are provided with the supplemental services needed to be successful.
AmeriCorps Members: 66

For more information, click here.

Salt Lake County LogoSalt Lake County’s Most Vulnerable Populations
JaNea Raines
2001 South State St. S2100
Salt Lake City, UT 84190

Program Focus: Economic Opportunity
Salt Lake County’s Most Vulnerable Populations program utilizes AmeriCorps members in a variety of agencies that help the homeless obtain housing, provide assistance to the formerly homeless, and connect them to other mainstream services to increase self-sufficiency. Members support case management services that have been successful in supporting the State’s Ten Year Plan of ending chronic homelessness.
AmeriCorps Members: 15

For more information, click here.

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Ben Cromwell
308 E 4500 S #120
Murray, UT 84107

Program Focus: Education
Playworks AmeriCorps engages AmeriCorps members to serve in 12 low-income, at-risk elementary schools throughout Salt Lake County. These members create positive and inclusive school environments where every kids thrives both inside the classroom and out. Corps members teach social/ emotional skills, get kids active and promote play as an integral tool for improving student outcomes. By leveraging the power of play to empower students to become productive learners, Playworks Corps Members are deepening student connections to the learning experience.
AmeriCorps Members: 19

For more information, click here.

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Jennifer Throndsen
Utah State Board of Education
250 E 500 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Program Focus: Education
Read.Graduate.Succeed AmeriCorps was developed to align with Governor Gary R. Herbert’s “On PACE to 66% by 2020” initiative, focusing on the urgency to implement a strong education program in schools throughout the state. AmeriCorps members are placed in schools identified by the Utah State Office of Education as priority schools or designated as low performing, which was determined through analysis of demographic and achievement data, commitment from the administration, and alignment with the initiative’s core strategies.
AmeriCorps Members: 168

For more information, click here.

Senior Charity Care Foundation
Beth Ehrhardt
PO Box 744
Kaysville, UT 84037

Program Focus: Healthy Futures
Senior Charity Care Foundation (SCCF)’s mission is to improve the quality of life for elders in need. This program utilizes AmeriCorps members to help Utah’s elderly population access affordable medical services such as dental, vision, and auditory services.
AmeriCorps Members: 10

For more information, click here.

Planning Grants
UServeUtah is pleased to be supporting the following organization during a planning year. This program will use grant funding to put together a competitive business plan for a prospective AmeriCorps program and hopes to be competitive for AmeriCorps grant funding in the future.

  • International Rescue Committee (IRC)

What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps provides opportunities for 80,000 Americans each year to give intensive service to their communities and country. AmeriCorps members tutor and mentor youth, build affordable housing, assist veterans and military families, provide health services, run after-school programs, help communities respond to disasters, and build the capacity of nonprofit organizations.

Members serve in full or part-time positions over a 10-12 month period. In exchange for their service, members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award that can be used to pay for college or graduate school or to pay back qualified loans. Members also have access to other benefits such as health insurance, child care, training, and student loan forbearance during their service. Some members also receive a modest annual living allowance depending on the terms of their program.

Since 1994, more than 980,000 Americans have given 1.3 billion hours of service through AmeriCorps. For a list of AmeriCorps programs currently operating in Utah, click here. For further information and/or application materials, please contact UServeUtah at 1-888-755-UTAH (8824).

Designated AmeriCorps members are also critical in the event of a disaster. UServeUtah acts as the liaison with the Corporation for National and Community Service to call upon national service resources, including AmeriCorps members, for on-ground support.

Every individual who serves as an AmeriCorps member has a powerful impact on quality of life in Utah and across the United States. Check out this rich American Service History.

Youth and Family Service

The Commission seeks to foster civic engagement and leadership development in youth and families by increasing the number of young people serving in their communities. Youth service is a proven strategy that promotes positive social behaviors, prepares youth for the workplace, and provides them with lifelong habits of leadership, problem-solving, empathy, and self-reliance.

Why Engage All Youth in Service?

Everyone Can Serve

All too often, youth today are viewed as the recipients of volunteer services rather than assets who – through their own service to communities – can transform their lives and those of their peers, family, and neighbors. Youth offer unique perspectives, ideas, peer connections, and incredible energy – all things we need to make our communities stronger. If you need to know how to get started with engaging youth, visit Engaging Youth Volunteers for more information.

Research indicates that young people have a lot to gain from volunteering–including increased academic achievement, increased civic engagement, and a reduction of risky behaviors.


Unfortunately, not all young people are given that opportunity. The volunteer rate of young people from disadvantaged circumstances is 16 percentage points lower than for middle and upper class youth.

But, the gap between the well-off kids and their less advantaged peers is much more about opportunity than willingness. When young people from low-income communities are asked to help, they volunteer with an eagerness and intensity matched by their wealthier peers.

They also reap the same benefits. By volunteering, youth from disadvantaged circumstances increase their chances of succeeding in life. They are more likely to be successful at school and to avoid risky behaviors such as drug and alcohol use, crime, and promiscuity.

Find Youth-Specific Volunteer Opportunities

Youth-Service-DirectoryLooking to serve with your kids or get your kids out in the community serving on their own? Youthlinc, a nonprofit organization founded in Utah has created a Local Youth Service Directory that provides listings of organizations that are willing to accept youth volunteers. You will still need to contact the organizations individually though, because youth can be defined as zero to 26 years old. Visit the Local Youth Service Directory for more information.


Global Youth Service Day

global youth service day iconGlobal Youth Service Day is an annual campaign to mobilize millions of children and youth locally and globally to improve their communities through service and volunteering. It is the only day of service dedicated to children and youth celebrated each year in over 100 countries. Global Youth Service Day is April 20-22, 2018. Tools for setting up Global Youth Service Day projects are available here. Grants are available to assist in carrying out projects. Applications for grants can be found on the Youth Service America website.

Youth Toolkits

We also have some great resources for youth and family service. To access our toolkits, click here.