- 755 total items collected
- 496 food items (518 lbs!)
- 71 baby care items (13 packages of diapers and 20 packages of wipes!)
- 77 school supplies
- 111 hygiene items
- 86 total volunteers engages
- 217 total volunteer hours
On Monday, January 16, 2017, PSP's VISTA members and RSVP volunteers as well as several community volunteers, spent the day out in the community asking for donations to support local food pantries that serve youth/students, families, and seniors. Local AmeriCorps America Reads volunteers assisted in the days leading up to the event by promoting the drive and preparing for the My Young Mother donation project. Here are our numbers for the entire MLK Day 2017 project:
We can't believe we are already sharing our FINAL newsletter of 2016! December's edition of the PSP Jotter is filled with PSP announcements from our VISTA and RSVP programs, including our MLK Day project coming up in January, 2017. Congratulations to Jaclyn LeBlond, PSP VISTA Member at Ridgeline High School, for receiving the Determination Award and our final VISTA Member Recognition Award of the year.
Download the newsletter here, or read below...
PSP recently received word that it has been awarded UServeUtah's annual MLK Day grant for the second year in a row. PSP joins 7 other organizations to receive the mini grant that support service projects occuring on MLK Day throughout the state of Utah. PSP will partner with other Cache Valley National Service Alliance programs such as Cache County's America Reads AmeriCorps program and Senior Corps RSVP. To read the article and find out how you can support MLK Day service initiatives across the state of Utah, click here: https://heritage.utah.gov/userveutah/mlk-day-projects
National service and community volunteers will be out in local grocery stores requesting food, hygiene, baby care, and household items to support local school and community pantries. The America Reads AmeriCorps members will be coordinating diaper drives at local schools up until MLK Day to support the Cache County-based My Young Mother program, which was created by a PSP VISTA alumna. Volunteers will also be set up at Adam's Elementary in Logan, UT throughout the day on January 16 accepting, weighing, and sorting donations. If you have a donation you wish to give, you can visit one of our grocery store sites or Adam's Elementary from 9am-3pm on January 16 or contact Shonna or Cameron at 435-797-0633.
More details TBA, and a flyer will be posted soon!
The Herald Journal recently published a story on PSP's Senior Corps RSVP program and the service experiences of some of the RSVP Volunteers. We are so grateful for our Senior Corps RSVP Volunteers and the countless hours they have dedicated to serving others in their community!
Check out the story below, or visit the link here: http://news.hjnews.com/allaccess/oriented-toward-service-rsvp-program-helps-seniors-volunteer-in-community/article_af3cb99a-7796-52a6-a037-3f99f3c49e79.html
The November edition of the PSP Jotter is here! Congrats to our VISTA Member Recognition recipients:
The October issue of the PSP Jotter is here! Click here to download the newsletter or take a look below for the most recent updates from PSP's VISTA and RSVP programs.
Also, congratulations to October's VISTA Member Recognition recipients:
Last week, Bridger Elementary School (Logan, UT) hosted its first Watch D.O.G.S. event of the school year. Watch D.O.G.S. is a national father-involvement program that engages father figures as classroom and school safety volunteers. PSP VISTA Member Jason Parker, currently serving at Bridger Elementary, coordinated the event, which had the largest crowd in the event's history. Around 320 people filled the auditorium at Bridger, where they enjoyed pizza, getting to know other families, winning cool prizes, and signing up as Watch D.O.G.S. volunteers for the upcoming school year.
Jason obtained donations from local businesses prizes, recruited and coordinated event-day volunteers, corresponded with the Watch D.O.G.S. organization to receive event materials, and promoted the event to families in the weeks leading up to the event. Bridger is very proud of its Watch D.O.G.S program and of the commitment these father figures, and all of the school's volunteers, make each year to the school and its students. Great job Jason and to the Bridger Elementary community!
* Do you want to volunteer with the Watch D.O.G.S. program at Bridger Elementary? Email VISTA Member Jason Parker to find out how to get signed up!
* Do you have an interest in hosting the Watch D.O.G.S. at your school? Click here to find out more information!
Check out the September issue of the PSP Jotter below, or download it here. This issue is our first complete issue with updates from PSP's VISTA and RSVP programs. Congratulations to the following PSP VISTAs for receiving this month's awards for the VISTA Member Recognition program:
Current and incoming VISTA Members, PSP staff, Site Supervisors, community partners, and their family and friends gathered Thursday evening at the USU Alumni House for the Public & School Partnership's annual Recognition Banquet. Everyone enjoyed delightful conversation, a delicious meal, and an inspiring recognition ceremony during the evening's program.
The recognition ceremony kicked off with a warm welcome from PSP Director, Rikki Wheatley-Boxx, who announced some pretty impressive numbers reached by our 2015-2016 VISTA group - 17,000 clients served in our community and over $200,000 in in-kind and cash donations obtained by our VISTA Members in the past year! Rikki also recognized our dedicated Site Supervisors, who spent countless hours guiding VISTA Members through their service term and helping the members and our staff develop both professionally and personally.
Afterwards, PSP VISTA Leader Shonna Ferree thanked our most valued sponsors - Ross Dress For Less, Shopko, Smith's Marketplace, and Walmart (Logan) - as well as our most valued community partners - members of the USU CCESL Department, Dr. Rebecca Walton, USU student Michael Wheatley, our new VISTA sites (Ridgeline High and The Family Place), and many others. Incoming PSP VISTA Leader Cameron Brewer then joined Shonna at the podium to distribute PVSA Awards and to honor our graduating VISTA Members, who are as follows: Jon Wilkey, Jasmine Despain, Rebecca Miller, Angela Wood, Jennie Hymas, and Angelina Whitehorse. The night ended with a peer recognition ceremony.
We want to thank USU Catering for a delicious meal and professional service. Bluebird Candy also donated the delicious chocolates everyone received in their gift bag. We are so thankful for everyone who attended the banquet and for everyone who continues to support PSP and continues to understand the value of service here in our community!
Today, our PSP team and Site Supervisors thanked our 2016 AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates for an incredible 10-week service term at our annual Summer Recognition Picnic. Each Summer Associate received a PSP Graduation Certificate, a framed photo from our Summer Service Project, and a silver-level President's Volunteer Service Award (program managed by Points of Light). They have accomplished so much in 10 weeks - from running summer camps to building a new garden! Many of our partners rely on our Summer Associates to coordinate their summer programs so that youth and their families in Cache Valley have the opportunity to learn and stay healthy during the summer months. Thank you for a wonderful summer of service! 2016
PSP Summer Associate names: Wynter Holtman and Rocio Curdy (Sound Beginnings at Utah State University); Ashley Erickson and Stacey Hoffmann (Wilson Elementary.); Andrew Erickson (CCESL/Utah Conservation Corps); Megan Hendrix (The Family Place); Sarah Keady (Bridger Elementary School); Rachel Busenbark (The Logan Family Center); and Sara Armbrust (Cache Makers 4-H Club).