View the February, 2018 edition of the PSP Jotter below!
Heard of AmeriCorps or Senior Corps but you have no idea where those members serve? This report lists all of the Cache County National Service sites! You've probably talked to some of the National Service members at these service locations!
Here are the highlights of PSP's MLK Day service project and various holiday projects hosted by PSP and our VISTA sites. Congrats to VISTA Members Blake Tubbs (Sky View HS) and Emma Tucek (Stokes Nature Center) for winning January’s recognition awards!
Blake Tubbs, Outstanding Outcomes Award - This past holiday season, Blake coordinated a holiday service project at Sky View High School that raised over $2300 for Sub for Santa! He coordinated student volunteers, encouraged students and staff to donate, and made sure that all of the students had fun participating in the project. Blake also volunteered a full 3 days to support Sub for Santa's 2017 Christmas distribution as part of PSP's annual holiday service project. While only 1 day was required, Blake served an entire 8 hours on the second day!
Emma Tucek, Above & Beyond Award - Emma goes above and beyond at each PSP service project. She makes sure that the work gets done thoroughly, and she is an extremely valuable teammate during the projects. She is not afraid to take on the more laborious tasks, and she takes on those tasks with a smile on her face. She also supports many of our VISTA projects by bringing fun, environmental education to underserved youth and families that PSP's VISTA Members serve at their sites. Emma also coordinates a scholarship program that supports many of these individuals, based on a need she identified at the beginning of her service term. Emma ends her service in March, and everyone at PSP and Stokes Nature Center is going to miss her!
The December, 2017 edition of the PSP Jotter is here and can be viewed or downloaded below. Highlights in this issue include:
Monique Marsh, the Public & School Partnership’s VISTA Member at Bates Elementary School in North Ogden, acting as a Peer Leader at the elementary, collected over 8,000 items, including non-perishable food, coats, boots, gloves, and hats for donation to the local food bank.
Best Realty Group in North Ogden sponsors an annual food and garment drive to sup-port the local food bank in Weber County. The company offers cash prizes for the schools who generate the most donations. Best’s goal this year was to collect $100,000 in food and garments. Bates Elementary came in 4th place in the entire district, and will receive a $1,500 cash award for the school to use.
The Peer Leaders consisting of 5th and 6th graders along with Jill Ramage, a school counselor, and Monique Marsh, VISTA member, coordinated the food and clothing drive. Jill and Monique led the student volunteers in counting all of the items, which was quite a feat as there were a lot of items to count! The volunteers also had to separate and bag the clothing items and recount the food to go into the big bins donated by Best Realty, courtesy of the food bank.
Monique said, “Every morning, as children and parents came to drop off their items to donate I couldn't help but overhear the excitement in the children's voices when they would see the bins overflowing in the hallway! One day it was even difficult to get through the hall due to all the donations. The peer leaders had to work quickly to get them sorted and out of the way. The students, staff, and parents caught the vision of helping our community! Thanks Bates for all the support!”
Monique took pictures and documented the project throughout the process so that the next VISTA or another staff member at Bates can easily replicate the project next year - hopefully with the same success as this year!
The November, 2017 edition of the PSP Jotter is out! Highlights in this issue include:
Read or download the newsletter below.
Linda Keith has dedicated the past 12 years of her life to service work in Cache Valley, Utah...
And on November 9, Linda was recognized for her selfless efforts with the Lt. Governor's Power of Service Award, one of Utah's most prestigious volunteer awards. The recognition ceremony took place at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City, and the award was presented by Utah Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, UServeUtah Director LaDawn Stoddard, and Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism Board Chair Debbie Hardy.
Linda retired from a position as a public relations specialist about three and a half years ago, but her involvement in the community started long before her official retirement. Starting in 2005, for many years, she was a Meals on Wheels driver, taking hot, nutritious meals twice a week from the Cache Senior Center to seniors 60 and older who were homebound and/or disabled. Equally important, she would check on the well-being of each senior she visited. Recipients of meals came to realize that Linda was more than just a driver, but also someone who was interested in them.
In 2014, Linda volunteered to drive a Veteran’s Administration 12-person van from Cache Senior Center to the VA Hospital and Huntsman Cancer Center in Salt Lake City, taking veterans to medical appointments. Along the way, she also picks up veterans at stops in Brigham City, Ogden, and Clearfield. Most of these veterans no longer drive and the van provides a lifeline to get them to medical help.
Driving the van is a large commitment of time. The van leaves at 7:00 am and often does not get back until late afternoon. Linda is often driving two to four times a month.
Linda will tell you that she started volunteering to give back to veterans, but now the veterans have become “good friends.”
Linda has been a volunteer for over four years at Global Village Gifts in the heart of Downtown Logan. Global Village Gifts is a not-for-profit retail store featuring fairly traded handcrafts produced by artisans and farmers around the world. Global Village Gifts pays artisans in third-world countries a fair price for the products they make. They help artisans provide for their families and improve their future rather than endure unemployment and substandard living conditions. Most of the handicrafts come from women in Asia, Africa, South and Central America. It is the only retail store of its type in Utah.
Other organizations have also benefited from Linda’s volunteer work over the last fifteen years. She has helped at the English Language Center in Logan. The “English Language Center teaches English, basic life skills, U.S. Citizenship preparation, and employment education to adult speakers of other languages.”
In 2011, she served as President of Friends of North Logan Library. We suspect that many other organizations have benefited from her service. It is not just that Linda is generous with her time. Linda is a kind person; conscious of other’s needs, genuine, and one who sees the good in everyone. She continues to volunteer through PSP's Senior & Community Volunteers Program. She is highly appreciated and valued by the organizations where she volunteers. Most importantly, she makes a difference in the lives she touches.
Check out UServeUtah's various volunteer recognition award options by clicking here.
It's here, the most recent edition of the PSP Jotter! In this issue, you will find information about our upcoming, all-day quarterly training conference, which is the first of the 2017-2018 service year. All PSP VISTA Members are required to attend this quarterly training in person. You will also learn about three awesome VISTA projects and read updates from our Senior & Community Volunteers Program.
Finally, you will see that PSP VISTA Members, Joanna Escalante (the Logan Family Center) and Daniel Bialkowski (USU Ed Outreach), were the recipients of our VISTA Member Recognition Awards this month! We encourage everyone to nominate one of our VISTA Members for an award by completing the form found here on our website.
As always, thank you for your continued support of PSP and the VISTA Members!
Here it is, the September, 2017 edition of the PSP Jotter! Congratulations to PSP VISTA Member Trent Johnson, serving at Ridgeline High School, for winning this month's Determination Award!