ABOUT THE COMISSION

UServeUtah, the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism was created by state statute in 1994 and is comprised of 20 members representing local government, community based organizations and statewide networks and 8 staff. As the state’s central coordinating body for service and volunteerism, the Commission is responsible for developing, implementing, and sustaining a vision and culture of civic engagement and national and community service within the state. Since its inception in 1994 UServeUtah has focused on increasing the capacity of organizations to serve, strengthen and transform communities through service and volunteerism. It furthers its mission by: promoting volunteerism; administering National Service programs; connecting people with opportunities to serve; building organizational capacity for effective volunteer engagement; and participating in strategic initiatives that mobilize volunteers to meet local needs.

Quick Facts

 
  • In 2016, over 840,000 Utahns volunteered 170.4 million hours, with most Utahns volunteering in schools or mentoring youth.
  • The economic impact of service in Utah is approximately $3.8 billion annually
  • This equates to 76 hours rendered per resident.
  • Volunteerism promotion through UServeUtah continues to impact Utah’s ranking as the #1 state for volunteerism in the nation – For 11 years in a row!
  • Volunteerism is truly one of Utah’s greatest assets and is a significant natural resource that contributes to our economic strength and vibrant communities.

NATIONAL SERVICE

  AmeriCorps, the Domestic Peace Corps, engages more than 80,000 Americans nationwide annually in intensive, results-driven service in areas of critical need. UServeUtah administers all Utah AmeriCorps*State grants and manages the Utah program portfolio comprising 10 AmeriCorps programs that target underserved and needy populations in the focus areas of: Economic Opportunity, Education, Environmental Stewardship, Disaster Preparedness, Healthy Futures and Veterans and Military Families. In 2016 AmeriCorps programs recruited over 23,000 volunteers who gave over 250,000 hours of service with an estimated value of over $6.2 million dollars. 2016 Utah AmeriCorps programs operating throughout the state engaged 1640 AmeriCorps members. These members provided services to the homeless population, tutored and mentored youth, connected underserved populations to health care resources, cleaned and tended parks and streams, taught environmental stewardship, and operated after school programs. Since 1994, more than 15,000 Utahns have participated in the AmeriCorps programs, dedicating over 14 million hours to building up communities across the state.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

  UServeUtah seeks to establish a strong infrastructure to support volunteers in Utah and functions as a consultant, and training resource to build and cultivate organizational capacity and increase volunteer utilization. UServeUtah also actively promotes volunteerism and is committed to creating ways for Utahn’s to identify and engage in quality volunteer and service opportunities. A primary aim of UServeUtah is to help organizations successfully use service & volunteerism as a strategy to fulfill their mission as well as increasing the number of highly skilled and long-term volunteers serving in Utah. UServeUtah accomplishes this by; 1) Providing successful statewide trainings that ensure organizations are prepared to use volunteers effectively; 2) Supporting businesses in creating employee volunteer programs throughout the state; 3) Helping local municipalities recognize and utilize volunteers as an effective means of addressing community needs.