UVU Volunteer & Service-Learning Center Success Stories

2011-2012

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2009-2010

2011 Utah Campus Compact Statewide Recognition Event

The purpose of the Utah Campus Compact Statewide Recognition Event is to recognize the work of outstanding faculty, students, staff, and community partners who are furthering the work of civic engagement, volunteerism, and service-learning at member institutions throughout Utah. On April 11, 2010 at the Salt Lake City Library the following Utah Valley University individual's were honored:

  • Civically Engaged Scholar- Dr. Suzy Cox, Education
  • Civically Engaged Student- Adonica Kauwe Limon, Women's Success Center
  • Civcially Engaged Staff Member- Denny Aldridge, GEAR UP Counselor
  • Committed Community Partner- Kena Mathews, Habitat for Humanity of Utah County

Make a Difference Day 2010

Make-A-Difference Day 2010 began bright and early on Saturday, October 23 for our over 130 Utah Valley University volunteers. The hard-working group met at 8:00 am in Orem, enjoyed breakfast and divided into smaller groups to serve at the five various projects around Utah County. The groups provided service for Kids on the Move, WIC (Women, Infants, Children), Habitat for Humanity of Utah County, Orem Parks and Recreation and the Orem Crisis Nursery. This student-run program was planned and realized by our student leadership group: the Service Council. A special thanks to Lindsay Farnworth, Kylie Harris and Talisa Vistaunet for a successful Make-A-Difference Day 2010!

UVU Breaks ground on 3rd Habitat for Humanity House

On October 20th, 2010 UVU and Habitat for Humanity of Utah County broke ground on their 3rd house. Since 2007, the UVU Volunteer and Service-Learning Center and the UVU Building Construction & Construction Management Department have partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build a home. Habitat for Humanity selects the family and the location for the home. Then DeWayne Erdmann, UVU associate professor of building construction, brings his construction students in to build the home. The Volunteer and Service-Learning Center also sponsors the “Adopt-A-Room” program. Various clubs, organizations and departments from across campus can adopt one of the rooms, and decorate, paint, purchase cleaning supplies, etc. for it. This year’s home in Springville will benefit a single mother of two children.To volunteer for this project, contact Alexis Palmer, director of the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center, at 801-863-8681, or Kena Mathews at Habitat for Humanity of Utah County, at 801-344-8527.

Press release

Day of Caring 2010

Over 1200 volunteers from throughout Utah County came together on September 8th to participate in United Way's annual Day of Caring. 3,600 hours of service was completed in just a few hours. There were 36 projects from Lehi to Payson. Utah Valley University had 40 students, faculty, and staff that came together to accomplish one of the projects. They worked on a single mother's home who is also a UVU student. The project included yard work and painting the exterior of the house.

Day of Caring pictures

Food Pantry Grand Opening

On September 17, 2010 Utah Valley University opened its first on-campus food pantry for students who are facing food insecurity. The food pantry is sponsored by the Volunteer & Service-Learning Center and Community Action Services Food Bank. The purpose of the food pantry is to decrease student food insecurity, increase healthy eating choices, and help improve student retention numbers. Students who are facing food insecurity can visit the food pantry where pre-packed food boxes are available for family sizes of 2-4. Items included in the boxes are canned fruits, vegetables, proteins, and boxed dinners. Students can also fill their own bags or boxes.

For information on how to access the food pantry go to www.uvu.edu/volunteer/aboutus/foodpantry.html.

Moab Service Expedition

17 UVU students spent their Spring Break (March 17-20, 2010) in service at Canyonlands National Park near Moab, UT. These students provided over 190 hours of service. The supervising Ranger (Ranger Clay Allred) wrote a thank-you letter to our UVU group of students in which he stated, “The UVU Service Council group has been instrumental in starting the beautification process at the Potash boat ramp and I am very grateful for all of their hard work.” Specifically, the students removed. They removed Tamarisk trees along the Colorado River near the Potash Boat Ramp in order to help the river’s ecosystem restore its natural balance. If a student is interested in participating in an upcoming service expedition send an email to service.expeditions.uvu@gmail.com or call 801-863-8786.

Utah Campus Compact Statewide Recognition Event

The purpose of the Utah Campus Compact Statewide Recognition Event is to recognize the work of outstanding faculty, students, staff, and community partners who are furthering the work of civic engagement, volunteerism, and service-learning at member institutions throughout Utah. On April 11, 2010 at the Salt Lake City Library the following Utah Valley University individual's were honored:

  • Civically Engaged Scholar- Mina Wayman, Nursing
  • Civically Engaged Student- Sarianne Condie, Elementary Education
  • Civcially Engaged Staff Member- Kimberly Reynolds, Manager, Adventure Resource Center
  • Committed Community Partner- Margaret Williams, RN, Mountainland Association of Governments Area on the Aging

For more information on these award winners visit the Utah Campus Compact website.

Summer University Service Project: Food and Care Coalition

On May 12, 2010 800 UVU employees participated in 15 service projects throughout Utah County. Employees participated in projects with Provo Parks and Recreation, Food and Care Coalition, Friends in Need Animal Rescue, Rural Housing Development, Habitat for Humanity, and Primary Children's Hospital. They volunteered 2,000 hours of service.

Ribbon Cutting of 2nd UVU Habitat for Humanity House

On June 14, 2010 UVU hosted a ribbon cutting for the 2nd Habitat for Humanity House. The house was built by DeWayne Erdman's Building Construction students. Additionally, UVU departments and organizations across campus participated in sponsoring rooms or donating supplies. The President's Office sponsored Adeline's room, UV Mentors sponsored the boys' room, UVUSA donated all of the cleaning and organization supplies, Mark Leany donated office supplies, TRIO Support Services donated a clock, and Academic Tutoring donated the garage and yard supplies.

The Terry Family consists of mom, Michelle and her three children Lucas age 7, Isaac age 5, and Adeline age 2 ½. Additionally, Michelle’s mother lives with them. Michelle is very grateful and appreciative to all those who have helped her dream of home ownership come true. She is excited to start a new life and make memories in their home.