Savage Changes the Odds and Volunteers Over 200 Hours!

Tim Harrisonby Tim Harrison
Senior Community Investment Advisor

This last spring and summer, Savage Companies fulfilled a pledge to send more than a dozen volunteers per week from its staff to tutor 9th graders who are recovering lost academic credit that they needed in order to graduate high school. Savage employees helped address a common problem among at-risk populations: that many 9th grade junior high students don’t realize how crucial grades are for high-school graduation. They get off track and stay behind, especially in Math.

Fast forward through fourth quarter and the “summer session;” we can now attribute some remarkable results to these stellar Savage volunteers. The kids have regained lost academic credits and many kids are right back on track to graduate, which will completely alter their educational (and professional) careers. This will help our community in the long run—that’s Collective Impact at work! Listen to Jermaine Coston, a Savage Volunteer and Granite Park alum, about the experience:

“In just a few weeks, I began to see significant changes in the students. Not just in their academics, but also in their confidence. Knowing that someone was there for them made a huge impact.
 
By the end of the summer, the students were talking about their futures and careers. Even the students who were still not quite up to par were now more motivated and confident. Having someone there working with them one-on-one and encouraging them made a huge difference. Thank you for this rewarding experience, I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again!”

—Jermaine Coston , Savage

Thanks to all the Savage donors, advocates, and volunteers! This community is lucky to have your ongoing support. We’ll see you on Day of Caring!

Check out this awesome infographic detailing the difference Savage made for these kids!

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Staff Spotlight! New Hire – Allison Temnick

AllisonTby Allison Temnick
Community Investment Advisor

A little over a month ago I was nervously sitting in front of my computer screen in South Bend, Indiana waiting to start my first interview with Amy Bosworth and Drew Martinez on Skype. I was immediately impressed by the preparation and professionalism that I saw both in my interview and in all my interactions with United Way of Salt Lake staff. I have wanted to work for United Way in some capacity for quite some time, and on a surface level, this particular location seemed to be a good fit for me. I had no idea just how good of a fit it would be!

When I arrived, I quickly discovered that United Way of Salt Lake goes above and beyond the scope of an ordinary United Way. I saw that by relying on the Collective Impact model, United Way of Salt Lake has been able to generate innovative solutions to persistent social problems. I met a team of incredibly bright, talented, and ambitious colleagues who sincerely want to make a difference in our community. And last but not least, I encountered a work environment where I felt that I could thrive – a perfect synthesis of working hard and giving back!

I am so excited to be here at United Way of Salt Lake and I can’t wait to see the impact we will have as we GIVE, ADVOCATE, VOLUNTEER and LIVE UNITED together!

Back to School at Lincoln Elementary Community School!

Amanda Matthewsby Amanda Matthews
Lincoln Elementary Community School Director

Lincoln Elementary Community School has been busy in preparation for the first day of school. In June, we met up for several days for our first faculty professional development with our new principal and several new teachers. July and August have also had several days of professional development with the staff working to get school-wide behavior plans in place, setting up grade-level data teams, preparing lessons, and reviewing the Common Core. All the hard work has been worth it, though, to see the excitement on students’ faces the first day of school. It is so exciting and inspiring to see all of our teachers and staff so motivated and determined to make a difference for Lincoln students!

I am really looking forward to Lincoln’s Back to School Night. Parents and students will come and visit with their teachers to learn about the upcoming year, the City of South Salt Lake will have exciting activities set up for students, and several of our Promise Partners will be present and ready to talk with families. This will be a great opportunity for families to see what services are available to them and to know that Lincoln Elementary is committed to our community.

We can’t wait to see how all of our partners, parents, staff,
and students LIVE UNITED this year! 

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Tesoro is Golfing to Change the Odds!

Megan Richardsby Megan Richards
Community Investment Advisor

This month, Tesoro joined over 300 industry professionals at Utah Petroleum Association’s annual Charity Golf Classic to raise funds for local nonprofits, and United Way of Salt Lake was Tesoro’s charity of choice for the tournament! Participants enjoyed a beautiful day of golf while learning about United Way of Salt Lake and raising funds to change the odds for kids and families!

Beyond the Golf Classic, Tesoro kindly donates a year of free gas for our BMW lease giveaway. Employees who attend an educational group meeting about the work of United Way of Salt Lake, hosted by their companies, are entered to win! By participating in this giveaway, Tesoro encourages all our partners to learn more about how to GIVE, ADVOCATE, and VOLUNTEER.

With a fun golf tournament, meaningful sponsorship, and a great campaign, Tesoro shows us what it means to LIVE UNITED!

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Summer of Service is Wrapping Up – Don’t Miss the PARTY!

Amy Worthingtonby Amy Worthington
Volunteer Engagement Coordinator

Summer is winding down and schools are officially back in session! With the end of summer comes the end of United Way of Salt Lake’s Summer of Service program.

It has been a great opportunity for me to witness the service provided in our community by youth, ages 5-18, who are making the most of their summer break. These young and anxious volunteers have helped clean up parks, assisted elderly neighbors, collected school supplies, assembled dental hygiene kits, volunteered at the Hogle Zoo, and a variety of other service activities!

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Summer of Service Volunteer, Heather, at Utah’s Hogle Zoo!

We want to celebrate the service efforts of the youth in our community! Any youth volunteer that has completed 5, 10, or 25 hours of service this summer should fill out our Service Journal, and send it to volunteercenter@uw.org, by Midnight on August 31. These volunteers will qualify to attend our End of Summer of Service Party at Boondocks! The party will include a free pizza dinner, an awards ceremony, prize drawings for bikes, sporting equipment, and a variety of other prizes — as well as a night of fun activities at Boondocks for free! A BIG thanks to our generous sponsors, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Foundation and KSL for making this possible!

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Great volunteer art on a Summer of Service Journal!

For more information about Summer of Service visit uw.org/summer or contact Amy Worthington at 801.746.2566.

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Stopping the Summer Slide the Collective Way

Stephanie Lintonby Stephanie Linton
Oquirrh Hills Community School Director

At first glance, summer school at Oquirrh Hills Elementary looks like any other summer school. But look a bit harder and you’ll see that some things are just a little different. This summer school program is actually three programs working seamlessly as one. The first program, the Title I summer school, is a three week academic-based program and is typically staffed by teachers and para-educators. The Boys & Girls Club of South Valley is layered on top of that to support school staff, as well as enrichment activities and programming that lasts for an additional 5 weeks. Lastly, the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant adds transportation, academic field trips, and additional management and teaching support. In addition to these three programs, United Way of Salt Lake has helped find volunteers to chaperone field trips, and community businesses such as the Home Depot, Papa Murphey’s Pizza, and Unified Police Department have rallied to teach students valuable skills.

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Aside from reading everyday, staff and faculty focused on teaching “STEAM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). Students enjoyed learning about performing arts, physics, visual arts, public service, earth and ecosystems, machines and engineering, health and nutrition, biology and meteorology.

Owen, a student at Oquirrh Hills Elementary, says one of his favorite parts of summer school was going to the Living Planet Aquarium. “There were stingrays and sharks and the penguins are cute and cool.” He also enjoys his math and reading time because, “I like getting a lot right.” But his favorite part was being part of the United Way of Salt Lake’s Summer of Service. He says, “I like passing out walkie-talkies and helping the teachers and bringing things to them.”

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It is truly inspiring to see how much this summer school program has been able to provide students in 8 short weeks. Everyone in this school from teachers, para-educators, school coaches, and our afterschool program providers — as well as local businesses in our community — have made this possible by communicating and working collectively together, sharing resources, and building a partnership dedicated to seeing these students succeed! Thank you for LIVING UNITED!

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Changing the Odds with TeamRaiser!

Dennis Huynhby Dennis Huynh
Community Investment Advisor

On Wednesday, August 13, the Resource Development team from United Way of Salt Lake was spotted at Fat Cats enjoying a lovely day full of bowling and pizza. What was the cause for such celebration? Well, the RD Department (Rebenue Rousers) raised the most money from TeamRaiser during UWSL’s Internal Campaign! Congrats Rebenue Rousers! And many thanks to all those who contributed and made the celebration possible!

For those that do not know what TeamRaiser is, it is an online tool that allows companies to reach beyond its employees when running a workplace giving campaign. Employees set up giving pages, explaining what LIVING UNITED means to them. Employees are then able to share those pages with their networks through social media and email in order to have others participate in the giving! Through TeamRaiser, the friends and families of employees are able to understand our important work here at UWSL and it gives them an opportunity to make an investment to help us change the odds so that all children and their families – even in our toughest neighborhoods – have the same chance to succeed both in school and in life.

Overall, United Way of Salt Lake was able to raise almost $8,000 just from TeamRaiser alone! We had 163 total contributors. Great job everyone! Thank you to the friends and family members of the UWSL staff for showing us how to LIVE UNITED!

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