by Emilie Davis

Volunteer Coordinator

With the unofficial start of summer officially behind us it’s time to think how you’ll spend your summer. I don’t know what your plans are but I would love to spend my days relaxing at the beach! If you’re thinking you’d like to be a little more productive than that and accomplish something this summer you can do that by participating in the youth-centered service program, Summer of Service!!

Youth, ages 5-18, are encouraged to “get up, get out, and serve” in their community anytime from June 1st through August 31st. Participate in one of many project ideas found on or organize and plan your own project! Make sure you log your hours and turn in a service journal to be recognized with a bronze, silver, or gold certificate at our recognition event September 8th at the Gateway.

Here are some of the United Way volunteer opportunities to help kids reach their goals!

Project: Kids Helping Kids!  Help support education efforts by preparing books and materials for KSL’s Read Today Family Book Festival!
When: Thursday, June 14
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: KSL Courtyard | 55 North 300 West

Project: Kids Making a Difference! Help United Way of Salt Lake advance their education, income, and health priorities with service projects, crafts, and music at the United Way of Salt Lake office courtyard!
When: Saturday, July 14
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: UWSL Courtyard | 257 East 200 South

Project: Kids Against Hunger! Help support our communities’ health at the Utah Food Bank by sorting and packaging food and then get creative decorating delivery boxes!
When: Thursday, August 9
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Utah Food Bank | 3150 South 900 West

United Way 2-1-1 Summer of Service Recognition Event!
Join us to celebrate and be recognized for your
Summer of Service volunteer hours with food, prizes, and fun!

When: Saturday, September 8th
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Gateway Mall | Junior Achievement City,
4th Floor Above Discovery Gateway

Whether you’re looking to build up your resume, add to a college application, make friends, or gain new skills–volunteering through the Summer of Service can help you do just that!

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