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U Students Celebrate Through Service

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jennifer Jones, jennifer.c.jones@utah.edu, 801.682.2315

Thirty years, almost 200-thousand students and more than three million hours of donated service. That’s what the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center at the University of Utah is celebrating this year.

The Bennion Center kicks off a year-long celebration at the annual Legacy of Lowell day of service.

WHAT: Legacy of Lowell

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 30, 8:30 a.m. to noon

WHERE: Glendale Middle School, 1430 Andrew, Salt Lake City.

More than 700 volunteers have already registered for the event. Organizers say more than 30 different projects will help 25 community partners located throughout the Salt Lake area. This year there are even two additional projects underway in St. George, Utah.

Legacy of Lowell service projects include making fleece blankets, tying quilts for refugees, making literacy and activity kits for children, building dog beds for animal rehabilitation groups, weeding neighborhood gardens, home repair and restoration for elderly residents, vision screening training, and dozens more. The annual service event typically draws hundreds of U students, staff and community members.

The Bennion Center got its start in 1987 when an anonymous donor offered to help the U develop a center for civic engagement founded on Lowell Bennion’s example. Bennion was a former professor and assistant dean of students at the U. Alumni from that era recall driving him throughout the city as he dropped off food boxes to people in need or visited the elderly. Many of those same alumni are featured in a special 30th anniversary exhibit in the Marriott Library. https://newsletter.lib.utah.edu/current-exhibitions/  Today these women and men lead civic engagement efforts in non-profits, religious and academic organizations throughout the United States.

During the last academic year more than eight thousand students were involved in Bennion Center service activities. The Bennion Center’s mission is to foster life-long service and civic participation by engaging the University with the greater community in action, change and learning.

Last Updated: 5/29/19