National Service Recognition Day

Make Poverty History photo

Did you know that Provo is ranked 1st for number of residents who volunteer in mid-sized cities?, It’s probably no surprise to you that our community has a great culture of volunteerism—many of you have given service yourselves!

What you may not know about, however, are the 329 pairs of hands devoting countless hours of part-time to full-time service to organizations and initiatives here in Provo. They don’t just help out with a one-time volunteer project—their all-day, every-day is devoted to service.

These volunteers work with the AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps programs, which focus on tackling local issues across the nation. In Provo, our national service members’ projects include the following:

* Fighting poverty and illiteracy

* Creating safer, more unified neighborhoods

* Increasing the capacity of mental health agencies

* Helping create bright futures for low-income children

* Empowering families to thrive in their relationships

Megan Tingey is an AmeriCorps VISTA who currently serves with the Community Action Circles Program, working to lift local families out of poverty. She said:

“In Provo, I think we hope to be the kind of community that includes and takes care of our neighbors…It is encouraging to see that no matter how disheartening the issue is, so many committed professionals, leaders, volunteers, and families keep on showing up to tackle these problems. But we can all do more. We can start by becoming more aware of challenges present in our community and by helping our neighbors feel a part.”

Like Megan, I would like to express my thanks to all those who dedicate time and energy to serving in our community, and challenge each of you to do a little more to lift your neighbors.

Thank you, national service, for helping make Provo awesome! To learn more about national service, check out http://www.nationalservice.gov/ To find local volunteer opportunities, call 2-1-1 or visit www.unitedwayuc.org/volunteer

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