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For the past 4 semesters, PSP has partnered with Dr. Rebecca Walton's USU Tech Comm class to create professional, sustainable materials that our office and VISTA sites can use to promote their programs and to better serve the community. This semester, students in Dr. Walton's class partnered with VISTA members working with Cache Valley National Service Alliance, Advocates for School Trustlands, and counseling programs at Cedar Ridge Middle, Box Elder Middle, and Cache High School to improve their websites and logos. We are so grateful for this partnership and for the efforts of Dr. Walton and her students throughout the past 4 semesters!
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Think one of our VISTA Members deserves special recognition? Nominate them for an award! VISTA Members can be nominated in 4 categories: the Outstanding Outcomes award, the Good Role Model award, the Perseverance award, and the Above & Beyond award. Selected nominees receive prizes and recognition in our newsletter and on our website.
Savannah Perkins, an undergraduate student in the Journalist and Communication Department at Utah State, donated her time and talents to providing some media coverage for the Mayors' and County Officials' Day event on Tuesday, April 5. Like other volunteers, CVNSA and PSP are very thankful for Savannah's service and for seeing the value in recognizing National Service and our community's most dedicated volunteers. Check out her story below:
Cache County recognizes volunteers
By Savannah Perkins
The Cache Valley National Service Alliance joined the Public and School Partnership this year to host the third annual Mayor's and County Official's Day for National Service and Volunteer Recognition on Tuesday at 3 p.m.
“There was more of an effort to collaborate with multiple national service organizations to host the event,” said Shonna Ferree, the event co-coordinator and member of the Public and School partnership.
Local national service and Utah State University programs were invited to attend and recognize their most dedicated volunteers.
Volunteers from Senior Corps RSVP, Senior Corps Senior Companions, America Reads, Utah Conservation Corps, and Refugee Services, as well as AmeriCorps members were among the attendees gathered at the Historic Cache County Courthouse.
All volunteers who were recognized for their efforts received a certificate from the Lt. Governor's Volunteer Recognition Program.
The Public and School partnership had taken on the task of hosting the entire event in years past, Ferree said. Another addition was the presence of Corporation for National and Community Service representatives, adding to the effort to make the event focus more broadly on many national service programs.
“We are a unique federal agency where we really place a high emphasis on meeting local community needs,” said Jake Murakami, a state program director for CNCS. “We really appreciate the strong ethic of service and volunteerism in our state and feel blessed that we have such strong local support for service programs in this community.”
CNCS is the federal funding agency that is responsible for distributing and overseeing the funds that support all of the national service programs.
Logan Mayor Craig Petersen discussed many efforts of individuals within the community, highlighting the action of seeing a need and taking care of it.
“I commend you, recognize you and honor you as volunteers who got yourselves in the arena and are making a difference,” Petersen said.
Cache County Council Chairman Greg Merrill gave many examples of what creates a volunteer and defined the volunteers of the community as priceless.
“We live in a beautiful valley surrounded by majestic mountains,” Merrill said, “but it is the people who live in this valley that make it all even more beautiful and more majestic.”
“The best part was seeing so many people in attendance showing their support for national service and community volunteers of all ages and backgrounds,” Ferree said. “It was probably the highest attendance we have had at this event, and although people had to squeeze in to find a seat, it was very inspiring to see so many people and to hear each of their stories.”
Yesterday's Mayors & County Officials Day of Recognition for National Service was a positive, inspiring event for each of the 75 individuals who attended the event. PSP and the Cache Valley National Service Alliance want to sincerely thank: Logan Mayor Craig Petersen, Richmond Mayor Mike Hall, River Heights Mayor Jim Brackner, Cache County Council Chairman Greg Merrill, Corporation for National and Community Service representatives Jake Murakami and Ben Stoltenberg, Jesse Walker with Jesse Walker Photography (for these stunning photos), staff at the Cache County Courthouse, USU Reporter Savannah Perkins, Smith's for donating the floral arrangements, all of the National Service members and partners who attended and recognized volunteers, all of the amazing volunteers who were recognized, and Mrs. Kayelene Draper who graciously accepted the volunteer recognition award on behalf of her late husband, Bruce Draper. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds were recognized for their selfless efforts, and all attendees learned a little bit more about how National Service programs and members are impacting communities and lives here in Cache Valley!