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Service Corner Projects 

  • Pick up grab-n-go service project kits
    • One-Time Commitment
      • Knit hats for adults experiencing homelessness or write letters of encouragement to seniors. 
      • Available year-round from our 2 locations
      • Union 101 & Kahlert Village (breakout room 1108)

Community Partner Programs 

  • Weekly volunteering with over 45 local community organizations
    • Semester-Based Commitment
      • 6 Issue Areas: Advocacy, Arts and Recreation, Education, Health and Wellness, Mentorship, Sustainability and Food Justice, and Additional Ways to Engage.
      • Submit your Volunteer Interest Form today

Community Bulletin Board 

  • Additional volunteer opportunities outside the Bennion Center
    • Various Commitments
      • View available opportunities

 

Saturday Service Projects  

  • Join hundreds of your peers in support of community

Service Corner Hours  

  • Meet new people and help complete themed projects
    • One-Time Commitment
      • Events held nearly every week (fall & spring semesters)
        • Schedule for spring semester is coming soon!

Community Conversations  

Service House Dialogues  

  • Share perspectives about local community topics
    • One-Time Commitment
      • Usually 1-2 per semester

 

Alternative Breaks  

First-Year Experience Cohort  

  • Find your community with other new and transfer students
    • Academic-Year Commitment
      • Applications for the 2022-2023 academic-year are closed. 
      • Applications for the 2023-2024 academic-year will open around July!

Utah Reads 

  • Tutor local elementary students (work-study position)
    • Academic-Year Commitment
      • Must be eligible for Federal Work Study to apply
      • Applications for fall (August) and spring (December)

Bennion Scholars  

  • Complete a capstone project, earn an academic honor
    • Multi-Year Commitment
      • Applications are now accepted on a rolling basis
        • Priority Application dates:
          • Spring semester - April 1st
          • Fall semester - November 1st

Communication Team 

  • Explore your creative interests and develop new skills

Bennion Service House 

  • Live on-campus with 12 community-minded residents
    • Academic-Year Commitment
      • All majors/years welcome, applications are now open for the 2023-2024 academic-year!

Gail Miller Community Engagement Tower at Kahlert Village 

  • On-campus residence for first-year students only
    • Academic-Year Commitment
      • Applications are now open for the 2023-2024 academic year!

Student Leader Positions  


 

Community Engaged Learning (CEL) Designated Courses  

  • Experiential learning outside the classroom. Over 200 (CEL) designated courses offered at the U.
    • Semester-Based Commitment
      • BENN 2020: Pathways to Community Engagement
      • BENN 2030: Intro to Civic Leadership
      • BENN 2929: Community Immersion (Alt Breaks)

Learning Abroad - Costa Rica  

Learning Abroad - Cuba  

  • Complexity, Community, and Change (Fall Break)
    • Half-Semester Commitment
      • Apply by Jun. 1st for Fall 2023

 

Community Engagement Certificate  

  • Commit to leadership for social change
    • Multi-Year Commitment
      • 21 credits and a capstone project
      • Pursuit of this academic credential can begin anytime

 


 

Volunteer Interest Form

Click the link below to view all active Bennion Center opportunities

You can select up to 3 options and we'll contact you!


 VOLUNTEER INTEREST FORM


Upcoming Ways to Engage

Register to attend on Saturday, January 14th

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Apply for spring experiences by Sunday, January 15th

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Type "BENN" in the search window to view courses

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Register to attend on Wednesday, December 14th

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Best way to make friends AND support your community!

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Flexible, one-time volunteer commitments to get started!

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Declare anytime

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Applications are now accepted on a rolling basis

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Positions still available for this academic year

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Meet Minerva! After moving from Southern California to Salt Lake City, Minerv...
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Meet Minerva! After moving from Southern California to Salt Lake City, Minerva decided to get involved with community engagement to find a way to make new connections. Within a CEL (community engaged learning) course, Minerva was able to take class lessons and apply them to real life scenarios. “The community engagement course has also allowed me to develop skills that I cannot solely learn through a book such as being able to approach strangers and engage in meaningful conversations,” Minerva said. In a City and Metropolitan Planning class, Minerva learned that despite the pandemic, people were eager to talk about parks and how important they are to them. Minerva was able to realize that with the pandemic, parks have become a sanctuary place for many during the pandemic - they are one of the few places where people still felt they could gather safely, entertain their children, exercise, and find peace. 
Minerva said, “Taking a certified Community Engagement Learning Course (CEL) would be beneficial to individuals who want to understand the challenges in their community, identify ways to get involved, and refine their professional and personal interests.” If you want to learn more about Minerva’s experience with CEL courses, check out her blog at the link in our bio!
Meet Minerva! After moving from Southern California to Salt Lake City, Minerva decided to get involved with community engagement to find a way to make new connections. Within a CEL (community engaged learning) course, Minerva was able to take class lessons and apply them to real life scenarios. “The community engagement course has also allowed me to develop skills that I cannot solely learn through a book such as being able to approach strangers and engage in meaningful conversations,” Minerva said. In a City and Metropolitan Planning class, Minerva learned that despite the pandemic, people were eager to talk about parks and how important they are to them. Minerva was able to realize that with the pandemic, parks have become a sanctuary place for many during the pandemic - they are one of the few places where people still felt they could gather safely, entertain their children, exercise, and find peace. 
Minerva said, “Taking a certified Community Engagement Learning Course (CEL) would be beneficial to individuals who want to understand the challenges in their community, identify ways to get involved, and refine their professional and personal interests.” If you want to learn more about Minerva’s experience with CEL courses, check out her blog at the link in our bio!
 
 
 
 
 
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Last Updated: 12/5/22