2018 Power of Service Award Recipients
2017 Power of Service Award Recipients
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.
2016 Power of Service Award Recipients
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.
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
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.
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.