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Find volunteer and leadership opportunities on Thursday at volunteerCONNECT

Meet with two dozen organizations and learn how to get involved!

On Thursday, Sept. 12, Emerging Leaders Initiative of Utah (ELI Utah) will host its inaugural volunteerCONNECT, a free event designed to help young leaders find opportunities to lead and serve in the local communities. The event is organized in partnership with the A. Ray Olpin Union and the Bennion Center

WHAT: volunteerCONNECT 2019
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 12 from 3-7pm
WHERE: A. Ray Olpin Union Ballroom
200 South Central Campus Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Event attendees will have the opportunities with approximately two dozen nonprofits, campaigns and initiatives that are looking for young leaders to help them make a difference in the community. Event attendees are encouraged to learn how to apply their passions about policies to create an impact through service.

Individuals are welcome to stop by the open house event between classes, after work or as schedule permits. However, to help participating organization better connect with interested volunteers, ELI Utah requests individuals pre-register at

The following organizations will be exhibiting at volunteerCONNECT:

Action Utah: Action Utah is a nonpartisan nonprofit that empowers Utahns from both sides of the aisle to make a positive difference in their communities by providing the tools to get them civically involved and make an impact on the issues they care about most.

American Red Cross: American Red Cross Utah Region is a non-profit organization that provides disaster relief and helps people during disasters.

Bennion Center: The Lowell Bennion Community Service Center inspires and mobilizes people to strengthen communities though learning, scholarship, and advocacy.

Better Days 2020: Better Days 2020 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to popularizing Utah women’s history in creative and communal ways. The organization believes that by exploring the legacy of the state's past, Better Days makes Utah a better place for women in the future.

Casa Quetzalcoatl: Casa Quetzalcoatl is a nonprofit organization that focuses on Latinx community in Utah. The group uses a cross -generational and decolonizing approach to empowering the Latinx community.

Catholic Community Services of Utah: Since 1945, Catholic Community Services of Utah has been empowering people in need along the Wasatch Front to reach self-sufficiency. By giving strength to the weakest in the community, CCS is able to lovingly serve and provide hope to those with the greatest need regardless of race, religion or personal circumstance.

Community Nursing Services: Community Nursing Services (CNS) is a non-profit organization providing home based services: home health, hospice, infusion pharmacy, respiratory services and Durable Medical Equipment, regardless of a patient's ability to pay.

Emerging Leaders Initiative of Utah: The Emerging Leaders Initiative (ELI) of Utah is a nonpartisan non-profit that aims to engage young Utahns (ages 18-35) in their local, state and national governments.

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FASTER Utah: FASTER is a non-profit program that gives educators practical and effective violence response training.

The Feed U Pantry: The Feed U Food Pantry at the University of Utah is a program crafted to engage and fulfill the duty of making sure no individuals at the university go hungry.

Fight Against Domestic Violence: FADV’s mission is to generate resources for domestic violence service providers through corporate, individual, and community partnerships.

Girl Scouts of Utah: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Guadalupe School: Since 1966, Guadalupe School has provided hope to thousands of Utah’s children and adults through its mission: transforming lives through education.

Hartland Community 4 Youth and Families: HC4YF is a grassroots nonprofit that promotes higher education through sports by teaching responsibility, respect, self-discipline and compassion. Through partnerships the organization creates pathways to college for at risk and under poverty level scholars.

Hospice and U: Hospice and U provides students with the opportunity to make a tremendous difference within their communities. This is a tremendous opportunity to learn gain experience helping patients with terminal illnesses and for those who love and care for them.

Human Rights Campaign: As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

Utah Inclusion Center for Community and Justice: The Utah ICCJ is a human relations organization dedicated to overcoming hatred, bias and exclusionary practices. They build build inclusive communities through experiential learning, intentional dialogue, fostering relationships, and the cultivation of tomorrow's leaders.

League of Women Voters of Utah: The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Primary Children's Hospital: Primary Children’s Hospital ranks among the best children’s hospitals in the United States and is the only free-standing, not-for-profit children's hospital in the Intermountain West. Volunteers at Primary Children's Hospital are an integral part of the hospital's goal to deliver the highest quality care for children.

Project Rainbow: Project Rainbow works to increase the visibility of the LGBTQ community with displays around the State, while raising funds for various LGBTQ-advocacy organizations in Utah.

The Road Home: The Road Home is a private non-profit social services agency that assists individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Salt Lake County and along the Wasatch Front. The Road Home provides multiple services to help people overcome homelessness.

Send Martha: In 2018, the Utah Legislature voted to send a statue of Martha Hughes Cannon to National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. The Martha Hughes Cannon Committee is committed to overseeing the creation and celebrations surrounding the statue.

UServeUtah: UServeUtah, the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism, was created by state statute in 1994 and is comprised of 20 members representing local government, community based organizations, and statewide networks

Utah Afterschool Network: UAN is a statewide nonprofit that ensures Utah’s children have access to high quality afterschool programs that keep them engaged, learning, and safe.

Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy: The Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy believes that everyone has the right, even the responsibility to help shape U.S. foreign relations “one handshake at a time.” UCC fosters citizen diplomacy by creating meaningful person-to-person interactions with individuals from other countries and cultures.

Utah Outdoor Association: UOA guides the outdoor industry forward by fostering productive dialogue between organizations, providing an invaluable network of people and resources, and promoting the industry to the public.

Volunteers of America, Utah: VOA provides a bridge to self-reliance and health for vulnerable individuals and populations who struggle with homelessness, addiction and mental illness in Wasatch Front communities.

Voterise: Voterise is the only organization in Utah that is solely dedicated to voter registration and voter engagement.

Waterford: Waterford seeks to blend the best aspects of learning science, mentoring relationships, and innovative technologies to form community, school, and home programs that deliver excellence and equity for all learners.

Booth space for volunteer organization is currently full. To be notified of future similar events and opportunities, nonprofits are encouraged to contact ELI Utah at