The Power of Service Award is given three times per year and is given to a volunteer who shows significant commitment to the overall well-being of the populations he or she serves. The recipient of the award is honored by UServeUtah Commissioners at a commission board meeting with a framed certificate, a letter signed by the Lieutenant Governor, and the Lieutenant Governor's coin.

2018 Power of Service Award Recipients

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Sandra Christensen

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Dave Burton

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Jack Hobbs

2017 Power of Service Award Recipients

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Luane Jensen

Nominated by South Jordan City Hall, Luane was honored for her many years of service to the city and her community. She serves as a docent at the Gale Center of History and Culture, as a volunteer of the South Jordan Historic Preservation Committee, and has been instrumental in advising, coordinating, and fundraising for three completed historic monuments in the city.
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Norma Paramore

Nominated by the Center for Women and Children in Crisis, Norma was honored for over 25 years of service. She has served on the Rape Crisis Team and assisted victims by comforting them and lifting them in a
desperate time of need. She has also served residents fleeing domestic abuse. She has given over 6,000 hours of dedicated service over the years.

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Linda Keith

Linda has a strong commitment to helping the Cache Valley community through volunteering. In the last 12 years she has volutneered more than 2,000 hours of her time. She serves her community by driving veterans to receive medical care, by volunteering at the Global Village Store, by volunteering at the English Language Center of Logan, and by serving with Meals on Wheels.

2016 Power of Service Award Recipients

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Bruce Draper

For 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. Bruce passed away on February 7th, 2016, leaving behind a legacy of citizens and refugees who can now do basic math, who can read and write English at an 8th Grade level, and who can acclimate to American society. He is survived by his wife Kayelene, who continues to volunteer at organizations he supported and accepted this award on his behalf.
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Maggie LaDuca

Shortly after the Alzheimer's and Dementia Society was founded in March 2012, Maggie LaDuca began offering her professional skills in nonprofit bookkeeping as a volunteer for the organization. She happily advises the Alzheimer's & Dementia Society on proper protocol for nonprofit financial practices. Her advice and skill have helped establish the record-keeping and books. Her many hours of volunteer work have saved the organization funds that are used to provide other services for the organization's clients.

The organization's founder, LuAnn Lundquist, said Maggie is a valued volunteer who not only has has come every month for the past four years as their bookkeeper, but has also recruited other volunteers to serve on boards, booths, and committees, providing instrumental growth to the organization.

Maggie was presented the Power of Service award at the Southern Utah Community Impact Summit on April 5, 2016.

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V School

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.

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.

2015 Power of Service Award Recipients

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Samantha Olsen

Samantha Olsen was selected for the Power of Service Award because of her outstanding accomplishments as a volunteer.

"Samantha Olsen's accomplishments are truly impressive. Studies show when people begin volunteering at a young age they continue to do so the rest of their lives. She is and will continue to be a real asset to her community. Samantha embodies the spirit of volunteerism and we are honored to present her with the Power of Service Award," said LaDawn Stoddard, UServeUtah Director.

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Uintah Back Country Horsemen

Gordon Hirschi, the Uintah Back Country Horsemen's Public Lands Coordinator and Trail Boss, accepted the award along with his son, Nathan Hirschi, who also volunteers with the Horsemen. The Award was presented during the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism bi-monthly commission meeting by Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, Chris Bray, UServeUtah Commission Chair, and LaDawn Stoddard, UServeUtah Director.

The Uinta Basin Back Country Horsemen are a group of volunteers that enjoy horseback riding and cleaning, marking, and maintaining trails across the Uinta Basin. They have 30 members who volunteer about 850 hours each year. In addition to their trail work, the Horsemen have raised over $100,000 for the Children's Justice Center in Vernal.