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9/11 Day of Service Projects

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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.

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 JustServe.org 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.

Volunteering

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

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 https://heritage.utah.gov/userveutah/share-your-service-story

number-1Step One: IDENTIFY LOCAL NEEDS
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.

number-4Step Four: SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY
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.

number-5Step Five: REPORT AND CELEBRATE SUCCESSES
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 https://heritage.utah.gov/userveutah/share-your-service-story.

  • 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?

Original content and links found on serve.gov

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.

The Utah STEM Initiative AmeriCorps ProgramBoys and Girls Clubs Utah logo
Dominic Bills
dominicb@bgcutah.org
1060 East 150 North
Provo, UT 84606
801-876-0314

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: 48

For more information, click here.


BYU Social Work AmeriCorps programBYU Family, Home and Social Science (FHSS)
Charlene Clark
charlene_clark@byu.edu
BYU – School of Social Work
2190C JFSB
Provo, UT 84602
801-422-7438

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: 159

For more information, click here.


Utah Campus Compact
Maggie Roberts
maggier@utahcompact.org
1901 E South Campus Dr, RM 1130
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
801-585-7108

Program Focus: Healthy Futures & Education
Utah Campus Compact AmeriCorps utilizes students as AmeriCorps members at seven colleges and universities throughout the state. Campus Compact 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: 919

For more information, click here.


UCCLogo_color 100pxUtah Conservation Corps
Sean Damitz
sean.damitz@usu.edu
7205 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322
435-770-6104

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.


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Levi Webb
levi@auch.org
860 E 4500 S, #206
SLC, UT 84107
801-716-4613
website

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: 48

For more information, click here.


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Linda Brown
brownlb@ogdensd.org
1950 Monroe
Ogden, UT 84401
801-737-7403
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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: 65

For more information, click here.


Salt Lake County LogoMost Vulnerable Populations Operation AmeriCorps
JaNea Raines
jraines@slco.org
2001 South State St. S2100
Salt Lake City, UT 84190
385-468-4877
website

Program Focus: Economic Opportunity
Most Vulnerable Populations Operation AmeriCorps Program is based in the Salt Lake County area. This 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: 25

For more information, click here.


Playworks UT LogoPlayworks AmeriCorps
Ben Cromwell
bcromwell@playworks.org
308 E 4500 S #120
Murray, UT 84107
801-503-5917

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: 16

For more information, click here.


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Jennifer Throndsen
jennifer.throndsen@schools.utah.gov
801-538-7893

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: 111

For more information, click here.


Canyon Country Youth Corps logoCanyon Country Youth Corps
Chris Giangreco
cgiangreco@fourcornersschool.org
1117 N Main St.
P.O. Box 1029
Monticello, UT 84535
435-587-2156

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: 37

For more information, click here.


Planning Grants
UServe Utah is pleased to be supporting the following organizations during a planning year. These programs will use grant funding, to put together a competitive business plan, for a prospective AmeriCorps program. Each program hopes to be competitive for AmeriCorps grant funding in the future. These planning grant programs are:

  • The United Way of Salt Lake
  • Team Mill Hollow
  • Five County Association of Governments

National Service / AmeriCorps

Getting Things Done for America
AmeriCorps provides opportunities for 75,000 Americans each year to americorps logogive 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. In exchange for a year of full-time 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. Since 1994, more than 980,000 Americans have given 1.3 billion hours of service through AmeriCorps. Read about AmeriCorps in Utah. For further information and/or application materials, please contact UServeUtah at 1-888-755-UTAH (8824).


Making a Difference for Generations

senior corps logoEach year, Senior Corps taps the skills, talents, and experience of more than 270,000 Americans age 55 and older to meet a wide range of community challenges through three programs: the Foster Grandparent Program, RSVP, and the Senior Companion Program. RSVP volunteers help local police departments conduct safety patrols, participate in environmental projects, provide intensive educational services to children and adults, and respond to natural disasters. Foster Grandparents serve one-on-one as tutors and mentors to young people with special needs. Senior Companions help homebound seniors maintain independence in their own homes. To apply for an AmeriCorps*VISTA grant, please contact the Corporation for National and Community Service Utah State Office at (801) 524-5411.


Finding What Works, Making It Work for More People

social innovation fund logoThe Social Innovation Fund (SIF) represents a new approach by the federal government to address urgent national challenges. The SIF mobilizes public and private resources to grow the impact of promising, innovative, community-based solutions that have evidence of compelling results. The program focuses on three areas of priority need: economic opportunity, healthy futures, and youth development. With its unique public-private partnership structure, the SIF annually leverages more than $93 million in matching funds through a network of more than 280 grantees in 41 states and the District of Columbia. The Social Innovation Fund reaches nearly 500,000 individuals and will continue to impact tens of thousands more.

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.

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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 iconGYSD 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 21-23, 2017.  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.

National Days of Service

Designated days of service on a national level provide individuals, families, organizations and communities with opportunities to come together to make our nation stronger. Plan a project or join one in progress.

Each year, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) spearheads the effort to encourage Americans to volunteer in their communities during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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The federal holiday honoring Dr. King will be on January 16, 2017. The Corporation for National and Community Service has dedicated this as a day of service to honor the life and teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. Make the 16th of January “a day on….not a day off!” Visit www.mlkday.gov for more information.

Learn more about our 2017 grant winners.

9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance

First responders, recovery workers, safety officers, members of the military, and many others rose in service in response to the 9/11 tragedy. Community service on September 11 provides a positive way for Americans to honor and remember 9/11 victims, survivors, and the many who served. For more information, visit www.911day.org.

Click here to get involved in one of our 2017 grantees’ 9/11 Day of Service projects.


More opportunities for service are provided through the following recognized National Days of Service:

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Global Youth Service Day

An annual global event that highlights and celebrates the contributions of youth to their communities through volunteer service. During Global Youth Service Day, youth around the world organize community service projects to address the needs of their local communities, to be recognized for their contributions, and to be a part of a global youth service movement. GYSD is held during a weekend every April. This year, the event will be April 21-23, 2017. For more information, visit gysd.org.

nvw_logoNational Volunteer Week 

in 1974 President Richard Nixon signed an executive order establishing the week as an annual celebration of volunteering. Every President since has signed a proclamation promoting National Volunteer Week. It has become the official time to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers at the local, state, and national levels. For more information, visit www.handsonnetwork.org/nationalprograms/signatureevents/nvw (April 23-29, 2017).

USadmin-ajaxJoin Hands Day

The goal of this National Day of Service, held May 6, 2017, is to begin making connections and friendships across generations that will continue long after the day is over. Developing these relationships is essential to creating healthy organizations, neighborhoods, and communities.

make a differenceMake A Difference Day

This is the most encompassing national day of helping others — a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Everyone can participate. Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, Make A Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October. The next event is October 28, 2017. Visit www.usaweekend.com/diffday for more information.

national familyNational Family Volunteer Day and Week

The Points of Light Foundation launched the Family Matters initiative to encourage and engage families in community-oriented projects. National Family Volunteer Day is held the Saturday before Thanksgiving (November 18, 2017) every year and kicks off National Family Volunteer Week as part of an annual public awareness. For more information, visit http://www.handsonnetwork.org/node/362.