by Chelsea Nelson
United Way of Salt Lake is thrilled to announce that we have become part of the exciting Junior Achievement City! The UWSL “storefront” is now open for business and kids can learn how we work to advance the Education, Income, and Health of our neighborhoods and communities.
JA City is located at Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum and is a host to over 9,000 fifth and eighth grade students for over 100 schools during the school year. Students spend a few weeks developing their roles and work strategies before entering JA City, and once they are there, they bring the city to life enacting out a day of “real life” as an adult! Students operate banks, develop budgets, donate money, manage businesses, and even vote. UWSL is so excited to be a part of this city so that students can understand the United Way mission, as well as what it is like to work for a non-profit in need of donations, volunteers and advocates!
Thank you, Junior Achievement of Utah, of creating this magical city where our kids can learn, grow, get hands-on experience, and be creative!
by Chelsea Nelson
Our Celebration of Service Event is coming up on May 30th! This event is to honor outstanding individuals and organizations because of their commitment to our community.
The outstanding volunteer of the year is an enthusiastic champion who shows commitment to our community and United Way of Salt Lake’s mission through extraordinary volunteer service. It is with great appreciation that United Way of Salt Lake honors Paula Green Johnson as the 2012 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year.
Paula is an amazing supporter of United Way of Salt Lake and of our work. She chaired the WPN for more than two years, has continued to be a very active member of the WPN Executive Council, and is a member of the Women for Educational Achievement Subcommittee of the WPN. She agreed to accept a position, representing UWSL, on United Way Worldwide’s National Women’s Leadership Council, where she is one of only 15 women from around the country. She is currently the vice-chair of our Public Policy Committee. She is a member of the Changing the Odds Steering Committee. She and her husband, Peter, are members of the Tocqueville Society. She also opens her home regularly for UWSL events.
Congratulations to Paula and we thank her for being a community advocate, a voice for change, and an outstanding volunteer!
Paula consistently LIVES UNITED!
By Brandon Elwood
CLC Coordinator, Guadalupe School
Schools nationwide are celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week, and the parents of the Guadalupe School community wanted to be sure that they got in on the action. In past years, parents have organized a lunch at the end of the week. The lunch tradition is one that the teachers and staff at Guadalupe School love and appreciate.
This year, however, the parents decided to take things to another level. As part of the United Way backed community learning center initiative, the importance of parent and community engagement in school has been a major focus this year. In addition to the Friday lunch, the parents gathered on Saturday, May 5th to carry out a door decorating extravaganza. Each teacher’s door was decorated with a tree filled with apples which had been inscribed with class members’ names.
Beautiful flowers were created by hand with tissue paper and other materials, each adorned with the name of a teacher.
After decorating doors, the parents also took time to clean the buses which carry their children to school each day. Maria Campuzano, a parent of a pre-school student at Guadalupe, was instrumental in organizing the Saturday event. She happily explained that she and the other parents wanted the teachers to know what a great job they are doing for their children, and also expressed her pride that this event had been planned and executed by parents. Maria says the parents plan on providing a snack in the teacher lounge each day building up to the big Friday feast.
We look forward to more great parent involvement at the Guadalupe Community Learning Center as time goes by!
by Emilie Davis
This is my first year being part of the United Way of Salt Lake’s Season of Sharing. I was able to connect with organizations, partners, and community centers that serve the Davis, Salt Lake, Tooele, and Summit Counties to find out about their holiday programs and activities for the 2011 Holiday Opportunities list, which you can find HERE, under the “Holiday Volunteer Projects” section.
This list will help companies, individuals, families, and other groups find meaningful volunteer and donation opportunities with organizations serving people right in their own community! There are more than 50 organizations that are either in need of volunteers to help run their holiday themed dinners and activities or make donations for families and clients they serve. Check out the list for ideas of how and where you can make a difference this holiday season.
Be sure to keep checking the Holiday Volunteer Opportunity list on UWSL’s website for updates as they come!
By Megan Jones
Major Gifts Director
I am thrilled that the 2011 Power of Your Purse, hosted by the United Way of Salt Lake’s Women’s Philanthropic Network, is almost here!
We will kick up our heels and spend the evening celebrating the collective power, wisdom, and generosity of women in our community. Don’t miss out on your chance to dine in style, mingle with friends, and maybe be the lucky winner of some fabulous prizes!
RSVP today to Rochelle Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Power of Your Purse
October 27, 2011
Grand America Hotel | Grand Ballroom
6:00 PM | Reception
7:00 PM | Dinner and Program