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AmeriCorps Members Celebrate Community Service In Utah
Every day across Utah, AmeriCorps members find solutions to local problems through community service efforts. From increasing high school graduation rates and grade level reading proficiencies to mentoring at-risk youth and restoring public lands, these everyday heroes strengthen Utah communities as they transform their own lives.
Community Service Programs to Showcase Successes at Utah Capitol
On February 9, 2017, national service programs from across the state will gather at the Utah State Capitol to share their role in building strong communities. National Service Day on the Hill is an opportunity for program managers to engage policy makers and spotlight those who improve the quality of life in Utah through volunteerism.
State Training Offered to Improve Effectiveness of Volunteer Coordinators
To help nonprofits, faith groups, and community organizations better manage and retain volunteers, UServeUtah is offering a Volunteer Management Training March 13-14 in St. George.
Utah Improves Ranking Among Top 10 States Generating AmeriCorps Members
Utah ranks fifth among all states for the per capita participation in AmeriCorps, according to a new data released by the federal government. Provo also ranks fifth for participation among mid-sized cities. Utah’s ranking rose from 8th last year, reflecting an upward trend in the number of Utah residents finding solutions to local problems through national service efforts.
V School Power of Service Press Release
For several months, volunteers such as Victor Villa and Mo Reeder have taught refugee youth computer science and coding skills that will link them to future educational and professional opportunities. Already, graduates of the program have been placed in internships and paired with professional mentors to continue their technical studies.In honor of the V School and the Refugee Coding Project, the Lieutenant Governor’s office Chief Deputy Mark Thomas, UServeUtah Commission Chair Kris Hamlet and Director LaDawn Stoddard presented the Power of Service award to V School on July 21, 2016, at the Utah State Capitol.
Lt. Governor’s Office Honors Cache Valley Volunteer with Power of Service Award
Mark Thomas of the Lieutenant Governor’s office and UServeUtah presented the Power of Service award to Bruce Draper on May 19, 2016, at the Utah State Capitol.For the past 10 years, Bruce Draper served as a dedicated volunteer to numerous organizations across Cache County, including Community Nursing Services, Bridgerland Literacy, Cache County Jail, the English Language Center, and American West Center. During his years of service, he helped inmates learn math and job application skills, refugees learn to read and write English, and hospice patients to feel comfort and companionship.
Utahns Encouraged to Volunteer, Recognize Volunteers During National Volunteer Week
UServeUtah is encouraging Utahns to participate in National Volunteer Week, a nationwide effort to honor and celebrate ordinary people doing extraordinary things to improve communities across the country.
UServeUtah Honors St. George Volunteer with Power of Service Award
The UServeUtah Power of Service award was recently presented to Maggie LaDuca of St. George, Utah. The Award was presented at the Southern Utah Community Impact Summit by Dave Clark, UServeUtah Commissioner and LaDawn Stoddard, UServeUtah Director. Maggie was selected for the Power of Service Award because of her outstanding service as a skills-based volunteer in a nonprofit organization.
UServeUtah Celebrates AmeriCorps Week with Member Gathering and Service
On March 10, 2016, approximately 450 AmeriCorps members from across the state will gather at the Radisson Hotel in celebration of National AmeriCorps Week, a week-long initiative aimed at recognizing the contribution of AmeriCorps members in local communities across the state.
National Service at Day on The Hill
On February 10, 2016, national service programs from across the state gathered at the Utah State Capitol to educate legislators on the role of national service and the impact their work is having on Utah communities. The event provides national service programs an opportunity to help policy makers better understand what national service is and how the various programs work to address community needs and improve the quality of life in Utah.
Utah Ranks Number One for Volunteering for Ten Consecutive Years
December 8, 2015
For the tenth consecutive year, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has ranked Utah first in the U.S. for volunteerism because of Utahns’ generosity and commitment to improve their communities. Gov. Gary R. Herbert and UServeUtah, 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 consecutive year. The announcement was held at a press conference at the Capitol building in conjunction with release of the CNCS report.
Lt. Governor to Honor Veterans Across Utah Serving in National Service
November 9, 2015
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.
AmeriCorps Competitive Grant Awards Announced for Utah
June 4, 2015
UServeUtah, the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism, announced today that Utah has received $1,939,790 in national competitive AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).“AmeriCorps members in Utah will tackle critical challenges facing Utah including literacy, environmental preservation, and mentoring youth in low-income schools. These targeted grants will leverage an additional $2,811,496 in funding from local community support. I congratulate these outstanding organizations and thank all those who serve their communities through AmeriCorps,” said Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox, who serves on the Commission.
New AmeriCorps Project to Reduce Homelessness and Expand Economic Opportunity in Salt Lake County
June 4, 2015
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, today announced that Salt Lake County will be one of 10 communities nationwide to become part of the agency’s new Operation AmeriCorps initiative. Salt Lake County, through its Community Resources and Development Division, will work with area nonprofits to support 50 AmeriCorps members over the next two years to reduce homelessness and expand economic opportunity within the community.
Utah Among Top 10 States Generating AmeriCorps Members
April 14, 2015
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps programs, announced today that Utah ranks #8 among states for citizens engaged in AmeriCorps and that Provo ranks 4th for mid-sized cities. This is according to new data released today by CNCS, in the first-ever rankings of the states and cities that generate the most AmeriCorps members per capita.
Utah Celebrates County/Mayors Day of National Service Recognition
April 6, 2015
Utah’s mayors are increasingly turning to national service as a cost effective strategy to address city and county challenges. To spotlight the impact of national service and thank those who serve, mayors and county officials across Utah and the country will participate in the County/Mayors Day of National Service Recognition on April 7, 2015. The day is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the National League of Cities, National Association of Counties and Cities of Service. CNCS annually engages more than five million citizens in service at more than 60,000 locations in 8,500 cities across the country through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and other programs.
Lt. Governor and UServe honor Ephraim Student with Power of Service Award
April 3, 2015
The UServeUtah Power of Service award was recently presented to Samantha Olsen of Ephriam Utah. The Award was presented during the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism bi-monthly meeting by Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, Chris Bray, UServeUtah Commission Chair, and LaDawn Stoddard, UServeUtah Director. Samantha Olsen was selected for the Power of Service Award because of her outstanding accomplishments as a volunteer.
National Service at Day on the Hill
February 23, 2015
On February 23, 2015, national service programs from across the state gathered at the Utah State Capitol to educate legislators on the role of national service and the impact their work is having on Utah communities. The event provides national service programs an opportunity to help policy makers better understand what national service is and how the various programs work to address community needs and improve the quality of life in Utah.
Utah ranked first in the nation for volunteering for ninth year running
December 17, 2014
For the ninth consecutive year, the Corporation for National and Community Services (CNCS) has ranked Utah first in the U.S. for voluntarism because of Utahns’ generosity and commitment to improve their communities.
Utah AmeriCorps Members to Mark 20th Anniversary
September 4, 2014
On Friday, September 12th, a new class of Utah AmeriCorps members will pledge to “get things done for America” as part of a nationwide ceremony to mark AmeriCorps 20th anniversary. Nearly 300 Utah AmeriCorps members will participate in the National AmeriCorps Swearing In-Ceremony.
Utah Organizations to Receive AmeriCorps Grants
Tuesday July 8, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY – UServeUtah announced that nine organizations in Utah have been awarded a total of $1,383,252 in AmeriCorps grants to address some of the most pressing challenges facing Utah communities. This funding will engage an additional 845 AmeriCorps members in service in Utah.
Utah AmeriCorps Program Featured in National Publication
Monday May 21, 2014
WASHINGTON D.C. – UServeUtah announced today that the Read.Graduate.Succeed (RGS) tutoring program was featured as one of the nation’s most innovative AmeriCorps State programs in the 2014 edition of Transforming Communities through Service: A Collection of the Most Innovative AmeriCorps State and Volunteer Generation Fund Programs in the United States.
Philanthropy Day Announces New Partner
Monday May 19, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – The Utah Philanthropy Day Planning Committee announced today a new partnership with UServeUtah, the Lieutenant Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism. Utah’s Philanthropy Day, which is currently hosted by Utah Nonprofits Association (UNA) and the Utah Society of Fundraisers (USFR), is led by a committee of nonprofit, business, and government leaders. The committee anticipates Utah Philanthropy Day will become an even stronger collaboration through the merging of two audiences that go hand-in-hand: philanthropy and volunteerism.
Youth Encouraged to Serve on Global Youth Service Day for Utah’s Year of Service
Wednesday April 9, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – In conjunction with the “2014 Utah Year of Service” that was declared by Governor Gary R. Herbert in February, UServeUtah (the Utah Commission on Service & Volunteerism) is encouraging youth throughout the state to find a way to serve in their communities during Global Youth Service Day.
Utahns Encouraged to Participate in National Volunteer Recognition Week
Tuesday April 8, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Utah will join in National Volunteer Week, a nationwide effort to honor and celebrate ordinary people doing extraordinary things to improve communities across the country. Observed between April 6-12 this year, it highlights the enormous contributions that volunteers make every day.
Utah Mayors to join Nationwide Effort to Recognize Impact of National Service
Tuesday April 1, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — On April 1, Mayors across the state will join with more than 1,200 mayors across the country in a day of recognition to highlight the impact of national service in local communities. The following Utah mayors listed below are participating in a variety of ways including, signing a declaration of recognition, holding recognition events, and sending thank you cards to national service participants who serve in their communities.
Volunteering in Utah Rises
Monday December 16, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY — Lt. Governor Spencer Cox and the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism in conjunction with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) announced the 2013 Volunteering and Civic Life in America (VCLA) report ranking Utah as the #1 volunteering state in the nation for the 8th year running.
Governor Calls for More Volunteers in Utah Schools
Thursday August 29, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY — Governor Gary Herbert and the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism announced on Thursday August 29, 2013 a grant the Utah Commission on Service & Volunteerism received to support the Read. Graduate. Succeed. Program, an innovative project focused on improving the education of students across the state.
Utah Thanks Volunteers during National Volunteer Week
Wednesday April 24, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY — April 21-27 Utah will join in National Volunteer Week, a nationwide effort to honor and celebrate ordinary people doing extraordinary things to improve communities across the country. It highlights the enormous contributions that volunteers make every day.
The Utah Commission on Volunteers Receives State Farm® Lead Agency Designation to Engage Utah’s Youth in Large-Scale Projects for Global Youth Service Day, April 26-28, 20 13
Thursday Jaunary 24, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY, UT— YS (Youth Service America) announces the Utah Commission on Volunteers will serve as a State Farm Lead Agency, organizing Utah’s young people to lead projects that improve their communities. As a State Farm Lead Agency, the Utah Commission on Volunteers receives a $2,000 grant, as well as ongoing training and expert consulting, to develop high-visibility, youth-led community service projects in the lead-up to Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), April 26-28, 2013. The Utah Commission on Volunteers will sub grant these funds to local organizations who will engage in projects throughout the state.
Lt. Governor Bell Announces New Federal Report Ranking
Thursday, December 13, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY — Lt. Governor Greg Bell, the Utah Commission on Volunteers and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, in conjunction with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) announce the 2012 Volunteering and Civic Life in America (VCLA) report ranking Utah as the #1 volunteering state in the nation for the 7th year running.
Executive Director Appointed for the Utah Commission on Volunteers
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY — Lt. Governor Greg Bell, Chair of the Commission on Volunteers and the Department of Heritage and Arts announced today the appointment of LaDawn W. Stoddard as Executive Director of the Utah Commission on Volunteers.
Lt. Governor Bell Honors Utah’s Top Youth Volunteers
Monday, September 24, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY — In recognition of receiving the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, Lt. Governor Greg Bell and the Utah Commission on Volunteers are honoring three outstanding youth on September 27th, 2012 with a private luncheon held in their honor. The awardees contributed the most hours of volunteer service in their age category between June 1 and August 31 as part of the Utah Summer of Service campaign. This year hundreds of youth volunteers participated throughout the state in the program and over 10,000 hours were totaled.
Utah Residents Mark 11th Anniversary of 9/11 by Serving Others
Thursday, September 6, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY — The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of an effort originally launched in 2002 by 9/11 family members and support groups, who worked to establish the charitable service day as a forward-looking way to honor 9/11 victims, survivors, and others who rose up in service in response to the attacks. Individuals are encouraged to take this opportunity to honor the memory of 9/11 by joining in service projects taking place in their communities.