How to Recruit an Outstanding Volunteer

Anyone can be a volunteer. But truly outstanding volunteers have several qualities that all volunteer managers should look out for as they build their teams. When you identify people who are a good fit, you’ll accomplish more work and have a great sense of purpose and enjoyment as a result. First, volunteers should be enthusiastic about the mission. Whether you …

How to turn your friends into community volunteers

You and your friends go way back. You’ve experienced good times and hardship together, you’ve overcome obstacles and laughed about memories you’ve made together. Now it’s time to put that strong relationship to work through volunteerism. For some people, volunteerism is valuable because it is selfless, an act of supporting those in need by those who have more than enough. …

Prepared, Not Scared.

September is National Preparedness Month, and in the aftermath of recent destructive fires, floods and storms across the nation, preparedness has never been more important for individuals, families, and communities. National Preparedness Month is part of the Ready Campaign, which offers a wide range of resources and even a disaster preparedness app to help communities get ready for potential disasters …

LaDawn Stoddard Receives National Leadership Award from America’s Service Commissions

WASHINGTON, DC – LaDawn Stoddard of Salt Lake City, a gubernatorial appointee who directs the UServeUtah Commission, was announced as the 2019 Outstanding Commission Executive Director of the year last night at a reception held in the Washington, DC area. The award was presented to Stoddard by America’s Service Commissions (ASC) at the association’s annual Innovation and Leadership Awards event …

Meet Commissioner Alan Griffin

The Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism (UServeUtah) is an active board of commissioners appointed by the Governor to support volunteerism in Utah. Alan Griffin served on the commission from 2005-2008 and has been a current commission member since 2016. He represents the Utah State Board of Education and is a dedicated family man – he has 11 children and …

Managing Donations & Spontaneous Volunteers

Running a nonprofit organization can be just as, if not more unpredictable than running a for-profit business. While businesses have a set number of employees with incentives to keep them around, nonprofits often deal with volunteers beyond the core members of the organization. Additionally, while market trends, consumer spending patterns, and advertising metrics provide somewhat stable indicators for companies to …

Why Spontaneous Volunteer Management is a Critical Skill

Imagine arriving at a Utah city after a devastating earthquake. Residents are badly shaken yet determined to begin the process of rebuilding. People are pouring in from surrounding cities to help with the recovery. How do you ensure work gets done quickly, safely and effectively to maximize the benefits of these new volunteers to the community? The answer is spontaneous …

Power of Service Award presented to George Atwood

George Atwood cares about his community. He is the type of person that acts when he sees someone in need and never hesitates to lend a helping hand. He has helped shape his Cache Valley Community into one of caring and support. For the past 21 years, he has been volunteering with the Cache Senior Center and has given more …

Picture of AmeriCorps Member of the Month and her award

AmeriCorps Member of the Month: Sarah Bartholomew

Each month we recognize one AmeriCorps member as the Member of the Month in the State of Utah. This month we are pleased to present the award to Sarah Bartholomew who is serving with the BYU Family Home and Social Sciences (FHSS) AmeriCorps program. Sarah is a second year MSW student (Master’s of Social Work) and is completing her AmeriCorps …

Meet Commissioner Karen McCandless

Karen McCandless has been serving on the Utah Commission for Service and Volunteerism since May of 2017. She is currently the Executive Director at Community Action Services & Food Bank in Provo. She is no stranger to service! She served for 13 years on the Orem City Council, currently serves on several boards of directors, and is even a substitute …