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2019 Volunteer of the Year: Ogden City


Ogden City is second in the state for volunteerism and continuously looks for ways to improve its community through partnerships with businesses, nonprofits, civic groups, and schools, while providing volunteer opportunities that help create a better place for those who live, work, and play within the city. Last year, just over 3,600 volunteers gave over 15,000 hours to make over 340 projects possible. They brought beauty to the city by helping to remove over 105 tons of debris, clean local parks and trail systems, paint fire hydrants, and even help neighbors with yard work and minor home repairs through events like Make a Difference Week.

Ogden downtown and community culture also wouldn't be what it is without the local volunteers that support annual events like the Ogden Christmas Village, the Ogden Marathon, the Ogden Twilight concerts, and recently the Spike 150 celebration that brought an estimated 100,000 people through the City over a three-day period to experience its history. Ogden and its citizens are the embodiment of the idea that the best gift you can give is your time, service, and talents. They are proud of this accomplishment and appreciate each and every volunteer that supports the success of these projects.

  • 2018 Day of Caring: Helped organize and implement United Way’s annual community service project; over 150 volunteers cleaned up schools and neighborhoods.
  • Workplace Campaign: One of United Way of Northern Utah’s longest and most supportive workplace campaigns; half of the employees that participate in the campaign have been giving for over 10 years. Heidi Olmedo has served as the United Way Workplace Campaign Coordinator for more than 20 years.
  • Project Safe Neighborhoods: Designed to create and foster safer neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in violent crime, including addressing criminal gangs and the felonious possession and use of firearms; projects support innovative cooperative efforts and partnership between federal, state, and local law enforcement engaged in a unified approach to identify and prevent violent crime.
  • Board Service: Mayor Mike Caldwell serves on the United Way of Northern Utah Board of Directors.
  • Ogden United Initiative: Mark Johnson, City Administrator, serves on our United Partnership Council.