Helping Utah's most vulnerable

VOA Impact

March 2015

Make a difference on March 26th with Love Utah Give Utah

For one day in March, you'll have the chance to help shape Utah's future and support causes you love. On March 26, 2015, “Love Utah Give Utah” will make it easy to support your favorite nonprofits in Utah. This includes Volunteers of America.

Hosted by the Community Foundation of Utah, Utahans can visit this site to send VOA a donation. To make the most of this event, we've lined up matching grants. Any donation you give during this 24-hour window will double your impact.

The official giving starts on March 26, but you can schedule your donation today. Just visit our site to register. VOA appreciates all you do for our community, for our organization, and for the people we serve. 

Give where you live! 

 

Client Story:  Running from the Law

At age 18, Barret fled his combative home environment, including an incident involving a police chase, although no charges were filed. After a short time living on the streets of Salt Lake City, he discovered the Homeless Youth Resource Center. 

“I felt supported and comfortable,” he said, “I haven't been in a screaming match with anyone since leaving home." Barret found a construction job and moved into VOA’s Young Men’s Transitional Home. To add to his skills, he's looking for a cement masonry apprenticeship. When asked, where he'd be if he had not found VOA,  Barret replied, “I was really close to falling into drug use. I'm afraid that I would have gone down that path if I didn’t find my new home at VOA.”

 

Volunteer Spotlight – Homeless Youth Resource Center gets Organized

In the short time Diana Hammock has volunteered for VOA’s Homeless Youth Resource Center, her impact has been significant. She learned about Volunteers of America during her participation of our  annual “Fill The Pack” project for homeless youth. Her favorite part of volunteering? The feeling she gets from helping someone who is in a tough place in life. The teens that arrive at VOA have lived through some pretty tough life situations. According to Anna Stapley, HYRC’s Community Coordinator, Diana’s efforts have a positive effect on the whole staff. Diana's help saves our staff so much time by keeping our community donations organized. Thank you to Diana for helping us get and stay organized.

 

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