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:
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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!
Well, that went by fast...
This edition of the PSP Jotter features our graduating VISTA Members, Summer Associates, summer service project, and of course, our VISTA Recognition!
Congratulations to the following PSP VISTA Members for being awarded this edition's VISTA Recognition awards:
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It's here - the Summer, 2017 Kickoff edition of the PSP Jotter!
This summer, PSP's VISTA Members, Summer Associates, and staff will be busy working on summer programs, conference presentations, service projects, and more! Congratulations to PSP VISTA Member Karen Washburn, serving at the Northern UT Native Connection, for being awarded PSP's Good Role Model Award in this round of PSP's VISTA Recognition Program.
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Ron and Gaye Pendleton have been volunteering at least once per week at Adams Elementary in Logan, UT for most of the 2016-2017 school year. Yesterday while Ron and Gaye were volunteering in their usual 3rd-grade classroom, they were surprised by being presented with the Lt. Governor's Volunteer Recognition Certificate by Rodney Pack, PSP's Senior and Community Volunteers Coordinator, Rikki Wheatley-Boxx, PSP's Director, Ms. Sundee Ware, Adams Elementary's Principal, and Katie Hollingsworth, Volunteer Coordinator at Adams Elementary.
Of the couple, Katie Hollingsworth said that, "They have been adopted into this school, and we call them Grandpa Ron and Grandma Gaye. They have definitely impacted the children here. They spend their time reading to students, bringing projects to work with the students, and spending time visiting with the students out on the playground. Grandpa Ron has been a mentor to a student in our school who has been struggling. He comes and eats lunch with Ron and has gotten to know him. Ron will bring books that he knows this student will be interested in. I wish that we had more people like Ron and Gaye who could come in and have such an impact on the entire school."
It truly brings a smile to the faces of everyone here at PSP to know that good people like Ron and Gaye Pendleton are giving back to their community every day. THANK YOU for your service!