We’re Thankful for Season of Service!


By Maribel Rodriguez, Senior Community School Director- Volunteer Engagement


By Kenzie Knight, Volunteer Engagement Manager

There are so many things to look forward to during the holidays: treats, trees, family, songs, gifts, and so much more. Teachers and students and their families eagerly await winter break so they can embark on their holiday traditions, and relish in the much earned time off coming up. In preparation for the big holiday break, many events happened at the schools where United Way of Salt Lake works. These service opportunities are fun ways to give back during the holidays.

Many of you, our community members through various corporate, community partners, families, and great citizens along the Wasatch Front, are a huge part of why the students we work with get to enjoy the holidays even more. YOU and the students have enjoyed each other’s company during holiday parties for afterschool students, Season of Service volunteer events, turkey drives and book drives for schools, students, and families among many other activities.

What is Season of Service? Throughout the months of November and December, 15 Season of Service volunteer projects took place, engaging more than 100 volunteers. Here are some of the highlights:

Molina Healthcare donated pies for every family at South Kearns Elementary, along with 12 turkeys for families at Granite Park Junior High! Volunteers from Molina also stepped up to deliver all of the turkeys and pies!

New York Life Insurance hosted a winter holiday party for the students in the afterschool program at Oquirrh Hills Elementary – not only did they plan fun activities for the students, they also generously provided holiday gifts for each student in the program!

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American Express hosted a holiday party at Woodrow Wilson Elementary! Volunteers helped students with fun holiday activities such as tying festive blankets to be donated to local seniors and making ornaments for their families.

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United Way of Salt Lake staff and volunteers hosted a hot chocolate bar for students at Kearns Junior High to celebrate their last day of school before break. Volunteers made and handed out hundreds of cups of steaming hot cocoa to students, who repeatedly expressed their thanks.


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We couldn’t do it without YOU, your generous support, and your time spent giving back to this community where we all work and live. We thank you, and we hope that this holiday season was inspiring and that you feel encouraged to continue to give back throughout the school year. There is something magical about how YOU impact each and every student. Together, we are building a better and more unified community for all of us–one book, one turkey, and one holiday event at a time.

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