Provo #1 for Volunteering!

Provo Volunteering

Corporation for National and Community Service in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau has ranked Provo #1 in the nation for volunteering! Because of Provoan’s generosity and commitment to improve their communities, research from the VCLA 2014 reports 53.2 percent of adults volunteering.

The report is part of the most comprehensive study of volunteering and civic engagement across the country. The data is gathered annually through the Current Population Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Data was collect on the volunteering and civic activities of Americans age 16 and older.

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Annual Charity Drive Results for 2014

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Every year Provo City has a food drive just before Christmas. To help with participation we have a friendly competition between departments. All of the departments challenge each other by competing to raise the most donated food. Since each department varies in the amount of employees, the final results are measured by pounds of food per employee.

The results are in and the winner this year is the Municipal Council Office! This is their second year in a row winning! They collected an equivalent of 4,147 lbs of food or 345.58 lbs per employee. Congratulations!

Based on a suggestion from the Community Action Services & Food Bank, we allowed individuals to donate money to the food bank. Every $1 = 4 lbs. of food.  Therefore, the results you are seeing are a combination of actual pounds of food and the cash equivalent.

As employees, we collected 16,344 lbs (8.0 Tons) of food for the Timpanogos Regional Food Bank which is 26.71 lbs of food per full-time employee.

We were also able to provide $19,066.80 in monetary donations to support Community Health Charities ($4,613), Community Shares/Utah ($3,360.20), and United Way of Utah County ($11,093.60)!

Provo Christmas Concerts:
Book on Tape Worm

Merry Christmas and a happy new year! It is day eleven of Provo’s Christmas Concerts and I am excited to reveal the last song on the Christmas Album. Press play to watch Ghost of New Years Past – written and performed by Book on Tape Worm. They wrote this song for anyone who has had a tough year – may the next one be better. This original song was filmed in Downtown Provo at Pioneer Book. I hope you enjoy this special holiday gift. You can purchase a digital download of the song now at: My sincere thanks to Book on Tape Worm for volunteering their time and …

Everyone is Provo a Superhero

I would like to thank Ryan Freeman for today’s guest post. Earlier this year, I decided to build a chalkboard wall in front of one of my real estate development projects at 63 East Center in Provo. Written at the top are the words, “If I had one wish I would…” This wall was inspired by New Orleans artist Candy Chang who decided to construct a massive chalkboard using the sides of a building abandoned after Hurricane Katrina. At the top of her wall, she inscribed, “Before I die, I want to…” followed below by hundreds of blank lines and buckets …

Clean Air Selfie Contest

We live in a valley surrounded by amazing mountains. Our population is relatively dense for our area and we have largely become accustomed to using cars as our primary means of getting from place to place. Given our overall geography, inversions are almost inevitable and once they’re in place, we all see how difficult they can be to move out. It’s easy to become discouraged. The problem can seem overwhelming, so much so that many of us aren’t sure we can do anything significant about it. We tend to sit back and wait for a “big fix” or for someone …

Santa Claus is Coming to Provo

The most wonderful time of the year is almost here! Gather the family and come to the Provo City Center (351 W Center Street) to experience the joy of a classic Christmas. Santa Claus is coming to town and is scheduled to visit the City Center Lobby on Thursday, December 18 from 3:30 – 5:30 pm! We’ve decked the halls and are ready for Santa’s arrival. You’ll find the Lobby filled with Christmas decorations, holiday refreshments, and a magical mailbox to the North Pole! We’ve made special arrangements with Santa Claus for the Provo City Center to be a drop-off site for letters to …

A Celtic Christmas

The Pioneer Village is hosting a Celtic Christmas on Saturday, December 20 and on Monday, December 22 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm (600 N 500 W, North Park). There will be a special Christmas program presented at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 each night. Come celebrate the British heritage of many of our pioneer ancestors! Between 1847 and 1869, more than 32,000 British and Irish converts to the LDS church left the British Isles to join the pioneers as they settled the Western United States. Enjoy Christmas with pioneers, Celtic music, dancing, caroling, crafts, treats, Father Christmas, and more! In 1863, Charles …

Provo on Instagram

♫ Oh what fun! ♫ Every Saturday I share pictures of Provo that I find on Instagram. Trending on Instagram this week: trail running, Provo Christmas Market, Lights on Ceremony, #ProvoChristmas Shirts, and Provo Christmas Concerts! If you would like to be featured in future posts, use the hashtag #Provo or #ProvoRocks when posting your picture. I am also on Instagram and you can follow me at @ProvoMayor. Check out last week’s photos here » this girl’s got style A photo posted by Matt Beatty (@mooncowboy) on Dec 12, 2014 at 2:05pm PST The last day of classes could not …

Sundance Ski Program

Get four ski or snowboard lessons and all-day access to Sundance Resort starting in January for a discounted rate. This is the perfect Christmas gift! We love our neighborhood resort and Provo is trying to make skiing in the mountains more accessible for Provo residents. Whether it’s your first time or you’ve been skiing all your life, our instructors will make learning fun and help take you to the next level. We will meet at the Recreation Center and transport you up to the resort. Then you will be split into groups based on age and skill level for a …