09 August 2017

Utah Food Bank Needs Your Help Feeding Hungry Seniors

Here in Utah, we have an abundance of what we often refer to as our “bookends” population—seniors and children. Nationwide, more than 5 million senior citizens struggle with hunger. In the next 8 years, the number of food-insecure seniors is projected to increase by 50% when the youngest of the Baby Boomer Generation reaches age 60. According to Feeding America’sHunger in America Study (2014), 8.4% of the clients Utah Food Bank serves are over the age of 60, and many of these clients often have to make the difficult decision of buying food or medication.  

Utah Food Bank's Food Box program is designed to help, but they need help to reach the thousands of Utah’s homebound seniors who are unsure where their next meal will come from. You can help feed this incredibly vulnerable population with just an hour and a half of your time each month.

Utah Food Bank’s Food Box program provides free, monthly food assistance to homebound people with disabilities and seniors living in poverty, delivered right to their door by caring volunteers. Each of these boxes contains approximately one week’s worth of non-perishable food as well as additional bread, fresh produce and protein items when available. For many recipients, the monthly volunteer delivering their box is often one of the few visitors they receive, offering a bright spot in their difficult lives.

Last year, close to 12,000 of these boxes were delivered – primarily by volunteers, but volunteer numbers for this program are dwindling. This is a great way to get young kids involved in giving back (after you receive approval from the recipient), and it can be completed on your own time. Please help Utah Food Bank continue to offer this program by signing up to be a regular food box volunteer.  If you are interested in finding out more and to sign up, please click here.

07 August 2017

Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance seeks intern

The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance seeks an enthusiastic intern for Fall 2017.

Working with our team of organizers on a variety of grassroots campaigns, the intern will complement organizers as they conduct activities throughout Utah to demonstrate support for protecting America’s Redrock wilderness. Examples of activities include, but are not limited to: coordinating registration of SUWA information tables at festivals, fairs, and events, coordinating the delivery of Protect Wild Utah lawn signs across the Wasatch Front, organizing activist events with a focus on statewide campus environmental clubs, and helping to keep SUWA’s volunteer database current.

This internship is based in Salt Lake City at SUWA’s headquarter office, 425 E 100 S and runs roughly from September 1-November 30, 2017. The intern reports to SUWA’s Utah Grassroots Organizer. Stipend $1,000 as a recipient of the Dr. Norman Weissman Internship for Preservation of Wild & Scenic Utah. Hours are part-time but flexible, roughly 16 hours/wk, working with SUWA staff on their schedule. Events may include Saturdays. There may be opportunities for the intern to participate in on-the-ground activities in southern Utah during this period.

This is a great opportunity to gain invaluable experience into the day-to-day functions of a nonprofit organization leading one of the most recognized conservation campaigns in the country, including wilderness legislation, national monuments, and legal actions. The experience offers insight into campaign planning, environmental education, and environmental action. The intern will take from the experience a new found, or reinvigorated, passion for activism and for the Redrock country.

Interested applicants should send a one-page cover letter summarizing the reasons why you’re the best candidate, where this opportunity fits into your education and describing what you intend to do with the experience. Please also include a one-page resume outlining your work and education background. Send both items to Dave Pacheco, SUWA, 425 E 100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 or dave@suwa.org. Application deadline is August 15th.