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We're Grateful for our Volunteers
We don't mean to brag, but our volunteers are pretty impressive! Here's what they accomplished last year:
• number of volunteers = 1,759
• households impacted = 2,100
• value of service = $785,000
• value of tax refunds received = $1,756,000 (through volunteer tax preparation at Sparkpoint Center)
What do they do? Here are just a few ways they give their time:
• read with children in schools
• make home visits to new parents
• act as mentors for struggling students
• serve on our board
• spread the word about our organization
• distribute donated goods
• package and deliver donations
• provide service such as cleaning
That's why we honored our volunteers at our Volunteer Recognition event last week. We can't say this enough – we couldn't do it without you!
Interested in volunteering? There are plenty of opportunities for groups and individuals. Visit https://uwnu.org/get-involved/volunteer/ to learn more.
Grandpa reads to his new grandbaby
The Welcome Baby program visited a new teenage mom who has a 7 month old baby. Her family was an intergenerational family who primarily spoke Spanish. The young mother's grandpa came in and sat through the visit. Julie, the Welcome Baby visitor was just getting to the part about reading to your baby when she asked the young mom if she read to her baby.
The young mom said she didn’t have any books to read. That's when Julie handed her a ABC book in English. Julie read the book to the baby. After she was done reading, the grandpa motioned for the book. He then started trying to read it to her, too, stopping often to ask how to say certain words in English. He enjoyed reading the book as much as the baby enjoyed hearing it!
When Julie got up to leave, the Grandpa tried to hand her the book. She clarified that it was his to keep and the grandpa's eyes lit up.
Every year, thousands of employees in Northern Utah get involved in workplace giving campaigns to support local United Way solutions that improve education, financial stability and health.
Welcome Baby Volunteer, Melissa worked with a family whose child had delayed speech. Because of home visits and early interventions the child's language skills were improved in less than one year.
Representatives from local nonprofits, public agencies and businesses met as part of the United Partnership Council. The partnership added health and housing as new areas of focus. The geographic area started in Ogden City and has now expanded to include all of Weber County.
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Tutoring keeps children from falling behind in school, giving them the confidence to continue to learn. Through the AmeriCorps Education Initiative of Utah, AmeriCorps members recruit volunteers to tutor at-risk children.
We have compiled a list of some of the many high-quality preschool opportunities in the Ogden area that are supported by United Way of Northern Utah. Many of these programs offer free or reduced tuition to families who qualify.
Attending preschool not only improved Kanstin’s social skills, it further developed his fine motor and language skills. It also helped him adapt to the routine of going to school and instilled in him the rigor needed to be successful academically.
The summer slide affects school-aged children across the U.S every year. United Way of Northern Utah supports summer programs that help combat summer learning loss and keep kids active.
The Ogden Civic Action Network has worked tirelessly to improve our community's health, housing, and education. For their efforts, they have been awarded the 2019 Community Partner of the Year Bravo Award.
Procter & Gamble in Bear River City works tirelessly to enrich the lives of its employees, their families, and the communities they live in. Because of that, United Way of Northern Utah has awarded them the 2019 Corporate Partner of the Year Bravo Award.
Latter-day Saint Charities provide humanitarian relief and opportunities for service across the state of Utah. For their efforts, United Way of Northern Utah has awarded them the 2019 Partner for Success Bravo Award.
Ogden City continuously looks for ways to improve its community through partnerships and volunteer opportunities. Their impact has earned them the UWNU 2019 Volunteer of the Year Bravo Award.
Jan Macfarlane Zogmaister has spent a lifetime working to make Utah a better place to live. For her efforts, United Way of Northern Utah has awarded her the 2019 Community Advocate of the Year Bravo Award.
After it was announced that Gramercy Elementary would be closing at the end of the 2018-19 school year, former student Cindy Fedor decided to pay tribute to the school in a very special way.
After a debilitating car accident that almost left her paralyzed, Destiny is now on track to graduate with the help of a United Way Community School Coordinator.
Kristin has completed her service year as an AmeriCorps VISTA at United Way of Northern Utah focusing on community outreach and early childhood development. Through her work, Kristin has impacted the lives of countless families in our community by ensuring that parents, children, and our volunteers, have the tools necessary to be successful in UWNU’s Welcome Baby program.
After attending 12 different schools, Mary didn’t have the attendance or credits she needed to graduate. Help from an AmeriCorps mentor at Bear River High School got Mary back in school and ready to put on her cap and gown to receive her diploma.
Jenniffer was a good student who was struggling to stay motivated in school. It only took one person to help her get back on track so she could be the first in her family to graduate from high school.
The wrong group of friends led David to start missing school. He didn't care about his grades anymore and graduation wasn't important. A school program that targets at-risk youth helped David get back on track.
Kaitlyn found herself homeless and in debt. Having a six-year-old son to look after, she turned to SparkPoint Center for help. Kaitlyn found the help she needed and was able to start building her low credit score and savings.
Tis Olesko is a Welcome Baby Volunteer that loves to pay it forward. She helps provide mothers with the resources and support they need. A past experience in her life ignited her drive to help others.
A new baby brings a lot of responsibilities and supplies needed. A Community Baby Shower helped Alex access the supplies she needed for her child. Welcome Baby provides parental support and education for parents like Alex.
Free income tax preparation and filing for low-income and moderate-income earners can maximize your tax refund. Cottages of Hope and other VITA locations in Northern Utah provide volunteers to help with tax filing. Saving your refund is a great way to build financial health.
Monica's quadruplets were born at just 28 weeks old in 2016. Having four newborns who were born prematurely required many trips to the doctor and a massive amount of help. Monica found the help that she so desperately needed through the Welcome Baby Program and her community. The quadruplets have now graduated from the Welcome Baby Program with their third birthday this March of 2019.
In a little over a decade, 2-1-1 has become a critical part of Utah's service delivery system, connecting people to resources and support that meet basic needs in times of difficulty.
Iveth Vazquez is one of our Family and Youth Specialists at Mount Ogden Jr. High. In a short amount of time, Iveth has already started to implement several beneficial programs for her students and their parents.
Sherry is always looking to give back. Her experiences as a very young single mother drive her to help others in need. Through her workplace campaign, she is able to encourage people to donate and contribute to United Way’s mission.
As a Family and Youth Specialist, Kristal is making a difference at Gramercy Elementary. She provides students and families with resources to help them succeed.
Jason spent most of his adult life in jail until he found help at the SparkPoint Center. He was able to get a job, start college, and turn his life around.
Patrice is a new volunteer for United Way's Welcome Baby home visitation program, but United Way had been a part of her life long before she signed up.
Over 200 volunteers cleaned up neighborhoods in Ogden and Brigham City for United Way of Northern Utah's annual Day of Caring event.
Tools that were stolen from Habitat for Humanity of Northern Utah will slow down their ability to build and repair affordable local housing. Anyone wishing to donate can give on their website.
Two girls in Box Elder County each found a way to make their summer break more meaningful through volunteer projects with United Way of Northern Utah.
A group of teenagers from Brigham City worked together to make over 500 blocks and four learning kits to teach babies and toddlers in United Way's Welcome Baby Program.
Angel had a rough childhood and little family support. In high school, he got involved with the wrong crowd, turning to drugs and skipping school. He turned his life around when he met Ariana, a Family and Youth Specialist for United Way of Northern Utah.
Dr. Mark Murdock, a Brigham City Dentist, helped a mom in need of dental care.
Emily was a single mom with no car and a lot of debt. A class on finances from Cottages of Hope changed the direction of her future with her son, as she worked to become financially independent.
Twin daughters keep Yessica busy, but she knows how to use playtime to help them develop skills like sorting colors, thanks to United Way's Welcome Baby program.
United Way's annual Developmental Screening Day helps parents and caregivers make sure their children are on track and will be ready to start kindergarten. A simple questionnaire helps parents recognize early signs of possible learning and developmental delays. Games, music, activities, and prizes are part of the fun, focusing on children ages zero through five.
This February, 59 students from T.O. Smith Elementary School in Ogden received a whole lot of love from students at Weber State University, in the form of freshly cleaned teeth, protective sealants, and checkups to address other dental problems.
A woman who was not able to finish her lease agreement got help finding a renter’s rights specialist and figuring out her next steps to...