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.
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.
Volunteers can play a significant role in helping to rebuild lives and communities. It is important that volunteers are given meaningful and constructive opportunities to serve, while not overwhelming the affected community during the response and recovery. UServeUtah works to help local jurisdictions plan for coordination of spontaneous and unaffiliated volunteers during disaster recovery efforts.
WHEN: October 25, 2018
WHERE: Sevier County EMS, 50 Westview Drive, Richfield UT
ABOUT: Participants will have the opportunity to purchase a Spontaneous Volunteer Management Go-Kit that will contain all the materials necessary to initially stage a Volunteer Coordination Center. Supplies are limited. Participants will also become eligible to receive a FEMA certificate.
About the Course
Volunteers—sometimes hundreds, sometimes thousands—show up to help after a disaster, bringing skills, energy and compassion to the relief effort. Unmanaged, these volunteers can become “the disaster within the disaster.” These trainings seek to help local communities plan for the coordination of spontaneous and unaffiliated volunteers during disaster recovery efforts.
Trainings will provide local municipalities with best practices and materials, in order to prepare their communities to handle the management of spontaneous or unaffiliated volunteers in times of disasters. These trainings will also allow local municipalities the opportunity to self identify with the state, those individuals that are prepared to manage spontaneous volunteers if a larger event were to occur where their skill sets could be called upon.
Each municipality in attendance will receive a “Go-Kit” that will contain all the materials necessary to initially stage a Volunteer Coordination/Reception Center or VCC. Local municipalities including towns, cities, and counties should identify key players to serve as VCC Managers as well as VCC team members. Each municipality should send three to five individuals; one of those members needs to be an Emergency Manager or their designee. It is highly recommended that the emergency manager or at least one individual who attends be familiar with the National Information Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS) as well as the local emergency plan in order to provide context to the other individuals in attendance from a specific locality. The training materials have recently been revised and should greatly enhance the learning experience.
At the completion of this training, local municipalities will:
- Learn best practices and materials to handle the management of spontaneous or unaffiliated volunteers in times of disasters (SVM).
- Self identify with the state that they are prepared to manage spontaneous volunteers if a larger event were to occur where their skill sets could be called upon.
- Receive a “Go-Kit” that will contain all the materials necessary to initially stage a Volunteer Coordination Center (VCC).
- Have learned the benefits and challenges associated with management of spontaneous, unaffiliated volunteers.
- Have the tools necessary to complete a spontaneous volunteer management plan for their municipality.
For more information or to be put on a waiting list for future Spontaneous Volunteer Management Trainings, contact Jacob Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org. These trainings are being conducted in coordination with DEM and the Utah Volunteer and Donations Coordination team (VDCT).
The Lt. Governor’s Volunteer Recognition Certificate recognizes Utah residents who demonstrate exemplary volunteer service to their community. The certificate is signed by the Lt. Governor and distributed by the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism on a bimonthly basis. Nominees for the Lt. Governor’s Volunteer Recognition Certificate are automatically be considered for the Power of Service Award.
For more information, please contact Ruqia Qasim at email@example.com or (801) 245-7222.
The proper recognition of volunteers is an important component in any volunteer program, large or small. UServeUtah encourages some form of volunteer recognition to help address ongoing issues related to volunteer retention. To that end, the Commission awards Volunteer Recognition Certificates to Utahns for outstanding contributions to local communities. The Lt. Governor’s Volunteer Recognition Certificate aims to recognize just a few of the many volunteers who help make Utah a better state, while promoting and inspiring further ongoing volunteer efforts.
In order for a volunteer to receive a certificate, the submission must be accompanied by a narrative statement that describes the nominee’s community service activities and demonstrates how those activities address the community’s serious social problems. Narratives should be no longer than 250 words. Volunteers with identical, generic narratives will not be issued certificates. Please write unique narratives for each volunteer. One time or short-term volunteers (unless otherwise noted) are not eligible.
The nomination must reflect the actual accomplishments achieved through voluntary service.
The service must address unmet human, educational, environmental or public safety needs.
The voluntary community service must be ongoing rather than a one-time activity, with the exception of outstanding service for short-term crisis situations.
Nominations for the Lt. Governor’s Volunteer Recognition Certificate must be made by someone from within the volunteer organization. There is no age requirement. Service must be performed in Utah. Service must be performed by an unpaid volunteer, not a national service participant.
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.