Summer of Service at Woodrow Wilson!

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Volunteer Events and Training Coordinator

In July, United Way of Salt Lake hosted its second project for Summer of Service at Woodrow Wilson Elementary. The Summer of Service program focuses on kids ages 5-18, and involves youth in volunteer opportunities throughout the community.

During our second project, volunteers assembled welcome packets for the faculty and staff of Woodrow Wilson Elementary. The younger volunteers colored “Welcome Back” notes that got tied onto each bag, while older volunteers assembled the candy and supplies into bags for each packet.

DSC_0113Woodrow Wilson Elementary is home to over 750 students and more than 50 faculty and staff. Among the student body there are 27 different languages spoken, providing a very diverse population and a variety of needs.

Volunteers had a great time creating welcome back gifts for the individuals who devotedly serve the population of Woodrow Wilson. When asked why they enjoyed serving, one volunteer responded, “Because it makes someone else happy!”

We invite everyone to come join us for our third and final Summer of Service project Thursday, August 8, from 10:00 am – 12:00 p.m. at Kearns Junior High. We will be assembling back to school binders for every student and participating in school beautification to prepare the building for the return of students in late August. For more information visit our Summer of Service website or email amy@uw.org volunteers of all ages are welcome to participate.

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Tocqueville Society Enjoys an Afternoon of Soccer!

shannon_2010by Shannon Harmon
Leadership Giving Director

This past Saturday, Tocqueville Society member and Real Salt Lake Owner, Dell Loy Hansen, invited fellow Tocqueville Society members to the Owner’s Hospitality Suite for the Men’s Gold Cup Doubleheader at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Tocqueville Society members had the opportunity to mix and mingle with one another as well as Bill Manning, RSL Team President. This event is part of an overall strategy to reimagine the Tocqueville Society and better engage our highly-supportive and committed donors.

In addition to great company, good food, and killer seats, the men’s team beat Cuba! Overall, it was a fantastic way to spend a Saturday afternoon with people who make a difference in our neighborhoods and communities.

A huge thank you to Dell Loy Hansen and Bill Manning for their hospitality and support of United Way of Salt Lake! Thank you to all of our Tocqueville Society members who joined us and brought guests to learn more about how members of Tocqueville Society LIVE UNITED and help change the odds for kids and families in our community.

Attendees included:

Allen and Denise Alexander and guests
Carol Carter and guest
Bill Crim and guest
John D’Arcy
Rebecca and Rulon Dutson
Neil Hafer and guest
Tom and Jamie Love
Stephanie and Tom Sheffler and guests
Ross and Jo Ann Stokes and guests

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Tocqueville Society members are philanthropists who demonstrate extraordinary generosity by investing $10,000 or more annually.  These caring individuals make an outstanding commitment to improving the quality of life in our community.  To learn more about Tocqueville Society or any of our other donor networks, please contact Shannon Harmon, Leadership Giving Director, at shannon@uw.org or 801-736-7704.

Summer of Service is in Full Swing! Get Involved!

by Whitney Negrete
UWSL Marketing Intern

In June, United Way of Salt Lake kicked off 2013 Summer of Service with a gardening project at Granite Park Junior High. The Summer of Service program focuses on kids ages 5-18, and involves youth in volunteer opportunities throughout the community. The purpose of these volunteer projects it to get young members of our community involved in making a difference for kids and families. The first project involved cleaning up gardening boxes in the back of Granite Park Junior High, to prepare them for a community garden. Before the project, the boxes were overtaken with weeds and lacked good soil; it was a task that looked almost impossible to accomplish.

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During the project, volunteers worked hard to accomplish the task at hand. There were two families who had volunteered at Summer of Service last year, and they decided to come back for a second year. When I asked the Lloyd family what made them want to volunteer, Catie responded, “Last year we really really liked it!” Tiffany, Catie’s mother, mentioned that she liked doing things for others and she felt this was the perfect opportunity to get her young daughter involved.

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This year, two new families joined in on the Summer of Service fun! Leslie and Brianna Negrete said they enjoy doing service for others because it keeps them busy and it’s a great way to help people in their community out. Another new family was the Fritz family; when I asked Alexander what his favorite part of service was he said, “Helping the community!” It is exciting to see some new faces at Summer of Service.

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As a UWSL intern, this was also my first time participating in Summer of Service!  I thought it was awesome that families were so willing to help out, even if they weren’t from that particular area. It amazed me that in only a few hours, and with many helping hands, we were able to accomplish a task that seemed almost impossible at the beginning. I was so impressed with all the work the youth and families were able to do! They truly showed me what LIVING UNITED is all about.

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At the end of the project it was great to see the kid’s faces light up when they saw the final result. All their hard work really paid off and the gardening boxes looked like they were brand new. United Way of Salt Lake is excited for the next Summer of Service event, which will take place on July 11 at Woodrow Wilson Elementary. Join us to help put together kits for the new teachers that will be starting in the fall. Click here for more information!

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Tocqueville Luncheon

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Leadership Giving Director
Women’s Leadership Council/Tocqueville Society

Serving as Chair of the Tocqueville Society, Ron Jibson, Chairman, President, and CEO of Questar Corporation, is leading an effort to reimagine this donor network. A newly formed committee has established a goal to create events and exclusive outlets for members that encourage greater investment and a stronger affinity to the goals and mission of United Way. These events are also intended to appeal to prospects and members and create a place where everyone can network, socialize, and see their investment in action—literally changing the odds for children and families in our community!

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A big thank you to Sean and Ron for hosting at ZY Restaurant and Alta Club! We’d also like to thank Tocqueville members who attended and gave us feedback.  We are looking forward to a great year of opportunities tailored to fit the needs, interests and availability for members of Tocqueville.

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Sign up for Summer of Service 2013!

Chelsea Nelsonby Chelsea Nelson
Interactive Communications Director

It’s Almost Time for Summer of Service 2013!

The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and yes, boredom is already setting in! But, we can help! United Way 2-1-1 Volunteer Center invites kids in Davis, Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties ages 5 – 18 to get up, get out, and make a difference this summer by signing up to volunteer for an excellent Summer of Service!

Summer of Service participants volunteer for an organization and/or organize their own project to earn bronze, silver, or gold level service hours and recognition.

Sign your kids or grandkids up today!

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Mark Your Calendar for these United Way
2-1-1 Summer of Service Volunteer Events

Kids Going Green
Bring your gardening gloves and help Granite Park Jr. High prepare its community garden space for local families to grow their own produce!
Tuesday, June 25
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Granite Park Jr. High | 3031 South 200 East

Kids Reaching Out
Help welcome refugee students and families to a new school and community by putting together welcome packets for new students and families at Woodrow Wilson Elementary.
Thursday, July 11
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Woodrow Wilson Elementary School | 2567 South Main Street

Kids Helping Kids
Help Kearns Jr. High get ready for the new school year by helping spruce up the school grounds.
Tuesday, August 8
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Kearns Jr. High School | 5305 South 4040 West

United Way 2-1-1 Summer of Service Recognition Event
Join us to celebrate and be recognized for your Summer of Service volunteer hours! Enjoy food, prizes, and fun!

Thursday, September 19, 2013
5:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Dinner and Program at 5:30 p.m.
Boondocks Fun Center | 75 East Southfork Drive, Sandy

Please see our website for details on gold, silver, and
bronze volunteer hours and Boondocks fun packages.

Thank you to our generous Summer of Service sponsor

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Celebration of Service 2013 was a Great Success!

Chelsea Nelsonby Chelsea Nelson
Interactive Communications Director

Yesterday, United Way of Salt Lake held its annual Celebration of Service event at the Little America Hotel. Over 650 guests attended to honor outstanding individuals and organizations with UWLS’s highest awards for their unwavering commitment to our community. United Way of Salt Lake also presented its Annual Report to the Community, which you can download HERE >>.

The honorees of the 2013 Celebration of Service awards are committed to working with United Way of Salt Lake to solve our communities’ toughest challenges. They engage their will, expertise, and resources to improve lives and build a stronger community for us all. These individuals and organizations multiply the impact United Way of Salt Lake has on our community. They are dedicated to working with us to fulfill our promise to change the odds so all children and families, regardless of their circumstances, have the same chance to succeed in school and life. Thanks to their efforts, we are creating lasting changes that are positively impacting lives today and for generations to come.

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Celebration of Service honorees are as follows:

Promise Partner of the Year: Granite School District

Volunteer of the Year: Cecelia H. Foxley, Ph.D.

Corporate Partner of the Year: Savage

President’s Award for Excellence: President Wayne Niederhauser and Senator Todd Weiler, Utah State Senate

Compassionate Leader of the Year: George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation

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For those who have been watching our blog posts about the BMW finalists, you will be happy to hear that we have a winner! Each finalists was given a key to try in the new BMW and the key that was able to START the car won! Congratulations to Connie Cruz from Management Training Company on her one-year lease on a BMW 3 Series, courtesy of BMW of Murray, and a free year of gas, courtesy of Tesoro! Thank you to BMW of Murray and Tesoro for this awesome giveaway.

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Please take a moment to view the Granite Pre-K video shown at the event.

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 Also, a big thank you to our sponsors and staff,
who made Celebration of Service possible.

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LIVE UNITED!

Celebration of Service 2013 Honorees!

Chelsea Nelsonby Chelsea Nelson
Interactive Communications Director

Celebration of Service is United Way of Salt Lake’s annual event to honor outstanding individuals and organizations who demonstrate every day how they LIVE UNITED through their leadership and commitment to the community. We hope you will join us on Wednesday, May 15, in celebration!

The honorees of the 2013 Celebration of Service awards are committed to working with United Way of Salt Lake to solve our communities’ toughest challenges. They engage their will, passion, expertise, and resources to improve lives and build a stronger community for us all. These individuals and organizations multiply the impact that United Way of Salt Lake has on our community. They are dedicated to working with us to fulfill our promise to change the odds so that all children and families, regardless of their circumstances, have the same chance to succeed in school and life.

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Compassionate Leader of the Year: George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation

The Eccles Foundation was one of the first organizations to support United Way of Salt Lake in its Collective Impact work, making a $100,000 donation for Neighborhood Center pilot programs. This critical seed money helped establish the growth of United Way of Salt Lake’s work in neighborhoods and Neighborhood Centers. This past year, the Eccles Foundation demonstrated its commitment to improving the quality of life for all children and families in our community with a remarkable gift of $1 million to United Way of Salt Lake’s Changing the Odds Campaign.

President’s Award for Excellence: President Wayne Niederhauser and Senator Todd Weiler, Utah State Senate

To address the issues that affect us all, and to truly solve the complex problems that face our neighborhoods and communities, United Way of Salt Lake works closely with state leaders to influence public policies.  There is no greater example of that collaboration than the work led this past year by United Way of Salt Lake, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser and Senator Todd Weiler to strengthen our state’s 2-1-1 system. 2-1-1 is the state’s most comprehensive information and referral resource for health and human services.

Corporate Partner of the Year: Savage

As United Way of Salt Lake has developed Promise Partnerships and Neighborhood Centers, Savage has helped in ways that go beyond donations; with ideas, employee volunteers, and hands-on support. Savage is directly involved in United Way of Salt Lake’s Collective Impact work in Midvale. The members of the senior management team are key partners in the development of a Promise Partnership with Canyons School District and Midvale City. As a strategic partner, Savage offers collaboration and resources to help address tough community issues that affect families in Midvale.

Volunteer of the Year: Cecelia H. Foxley, Ph.D.

Cece believes in the work of United Way of Salt Lake and has been instrumental in helping develop new partnerships. She is a member of United Way of Salt Lake’s Changing the Odds Campaign Steering Committee. The Committee was charged with helping shape United Way of Salt Lake’s new message, develop strategies to reach new donors, and provide leadership and guidance to staff. Cece took her committee assignments very seriously and helped open new doors, forge new relationships, and strengthen existing relationships for United Way of Salt Lake with our state’s leading philanthropists. Cece shares United Way of Salt Lake’s vision for transforming lives and communities and has been successful at helping others catch our vision and be inspired by the possibilities of what can be accomplished together.

Promise Partner of the Year: Granite School District

Granite School District demonstrates the kind of partners and partnerships that will make a difference in the days and years ahead as United Way of Salt Lake works to create opportunities for children and families from cradle to career. Granite School District has committed to a joint approach to problem solving and shares United Way of Salt Lake’s vision for change.

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Honorees demonstrate how they LIVE UNITED through their partnership and collaboration, commitment, generosity, and innovation. Thanks to their efforts, we are creating lasting changes that are positively impacting lives today and for generations to come.

Congratulations to our 2013 winners! Thank you for all you do!

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