30logo Leadership Positions

As a Bennion Center student leader, you represent the Bennion Center to campus organizations and our community partners.  Student leaders work with Bennion Center staff to support volunteers and community partners in fostering civic engagement and meeting expressed needs. Positions are expected to be held from April 2017 to April 2018.

Additionally, the following is required:

  • Attend a weekly office hour in the Bennion Center (front desk or programming), scheduled by you at the beginning of each semester.
  • Submit monthly program hours logs.
  • Represent the Bennion Center at University tabling events at least 2 hours each semester.
  • Attendance at (exceptions will be made in extenuating only circumstances and should be pre-approved by your Staff Partner when possible):
      • Bennion Center Student Orientation (June 2, 2017 or August 18, 2017)
      • Legacy of Lowell (September 30, 2017 – Tentative)
      • MLK Day of Service (January 13, 2018)
  • Attendance at the following is strongly encouraged:
      • Bennion Center Service Social (August 30, 2017)
      • Saturday Service Projects (8:30am-12:00pm on designated Saturdays)
      • Service Celebration (March 29, 2017)

 Many of our positions are co-director positions, meaning you may work with 1-3 other student leaders.

Open Leadership Positions

Alternative Breaks Student Positions

 The Alternative Break Program supports active citizenship by offering transformative travel-based volunteer experiences over traditional school breaks where students engage with service, education, and dialogue in a team setting in order to address social and environmental issues. If you have participated in a U of U Alternative Break trip, you are eligible to apply for a Student Site Leader and E-Board positions!

AB Site Leader Position

 Spend a year planning a volunteer trip for ten other students around an issue you are passionate about.  Site leaders are current U of U students that are paired with a staff partner to support them through the process as they learn skills such as conflict resolution, community development theory, inclusion practices, and explore how social justice relates to volunteerism both locally and nationally.

 Site Leader positions are available for weeklong Alternative Fall Break (AFB) and Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trips.

 Time Commitment: 5-10 hours a week

 What we look for in our Site Leaders:

  • Positive, Enthusiastic, and Encouraging Attitudes
  • Mature, Responsible, Inclusive, passionate individuals
  • Students whose commitments, class schedules, and work arrangements allow them to fully commit to the program and its requirements.


 2017-2018 Trips include:

Alternative Weekend Breaks

  • Environmental Stewardship Trip: TBA, UT
  • Refugee and Human Rights Trip: Salt Lake City, UT

Alternative Fall Breaks

  • Wildlife Habitat Conservation Trip: Lakeview, MT
  • Identity and Environmental Exploration (First-Generation Trip): San Rafael Swell, UT
  • Community Health: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
  • Urban Environmentalism: Portland, OR
  • Homelessness: Seattle, WA

*One of these trips may be designated as an Honors trip so please specify if you are an Honors student in your application.

Alternative Spring Breaks

  • Animal Advocacy and Rehabilitation: Kanab, UT
  • Coastal Ecosystem Restoration: Arcata, CA
  • Women and Poverty: Denver, CO
  • HIV and AIDS: Hollywood, CA
  • Empowering at-risk Youth: Las Vegas, NV
  • Urban Environmentalism: Portland, OR
  • Marine Conservation: Santa Cruz, CA
  • Immigration, Health, and Poverty: San Diego, CA
  • LGBTQIA* and Human Rights: San Francisco, CA
  • Homelessness: Seattle, WA
  • Hunger and Food Justice: Seattle, WA
  • Community Health: Vancouver, B.C., Canada

*Specific responsibilities are outlined in the Site Leader Contract which can be viewed here.

AB Executive Board Positions

 AB E-Board Specialist responsibilities are in addition to Site Leader responsibilities. Each Specialist also serves as a Site Leader with the AB Program.

  • Chair (1 Position) – This role is currently filled for the 2017-2018 year.
  •  Co-Chair
  • Recruitment Specialist
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Reorientation Specialist

*Specific responsibilities are outlined in the AB E-Board Overview which can be viewed here.

 Please contact Laura Schwartz at laura.schwartz@utah.edu or 801.587.9027 if you are interested in the Co-Chair or Specialist roles.


Bennion Center Scholars Leadership Team Positions - Due March 24, 2017

Members of the Scholar Leadership Team (SLT) support Bennion Center Scholars at the University of Utah within the Bennion Center. The objective of a Scholar Leadership Team member is to act as a part of a support network for current and potential scholars and to work closely with the Community Engaged Learning Coordinator in administrative tasks and program development. Students applying for these positions must be current Community Engaged Scholars.

General Requirements for all Scholar Leadership Team members are:

  • Attend and participate in a Strategic Planning Meeting (8:30am-2pm,  May TBD)
  • Attend regularly scheduled weekly meetings, completing tasks between meetings.
  • Help recruit new scholars through info sessions, word of mouth, socials, etc.
  • Be familiar with the requirements and procedures for completing the Bennion Center Scholars Program.
  • Hold a good standing in meeting program requirements.
  • Plan and execute regular Scholar activities in order to promote community within the program.
  • Be aware of and communicate opportunities related to community engagement (potential workshops, community partners, service projects, etc.) to students and the Community Engaged Learning Coordinator.
  • Execute other tasks/assignments according to the needs of the program.
  • Mentor and support other BC Scholars in fulfilling program requirements

SLT members will have the opportunity to serve as a leader within 1 of 6 Key Programmatic Areas:

  1. Outreach (1-2 SLT members): Major marketing, awareness building, and recruitment for the Program. SLT members will work collaboratively and creatively to build greater brand recognition of the program
  2. Community Partner Relations (1 SLT Member*):The development and maintenance of programmatic partnerships with community based organizations. SLT will work closely with Program Coordinator as liaison between scholar program participants and community organizations.*Preferred that SLT member has reliable form of transportation
  3. Events (1 SLT members*): The organization and coordination of all logistics for Scholar’s program events. SLT will help coordinate closely with other SLT members to help ensure events are purposeful and strategic in meeting the goals of the program area and our overall mission. *Detail-oriented SLT members required
  4. Retention (1 SLT members): Internal outreach to new, existing, and “non-participating” program participants in order to meet their specific needs and concerns . SLT members, in coordination with the Program Coordinator and other SLT members, will help develop a sense of “community” within the program.
  5. Integrated Service Project Support (1 SLT member*): The development and implementation of key structural programmatic elements that support program participants in the creation and execution of their ISPs. *Preferably a SLT member who is either working or has worked on their own ISP.
  6. Bennion Center Scholar Board and Committee Representative (1 member*): Serve as liaison between the Student Board, Scholars Advisory Committee and the Scholar Leadership Team. *SLT member must have had been a scholar for at least 1 year prior to start of service.

 SLT candidates will be asked about your top 2 preferences in serving in a Key Programmatic Area during their interviews. 


Communications Team

The Bennion Center Communications Team is responsible for promoting the activities and opportunities available through the Bennion Center. Our goal is to work together as a team and with our Bennion Center peers to share student stories across multiple platforms. These platforms include social media, photography and videography, graphic design, outreach and  recognition.  By doing so, we hope to positively influence action, change and learning within the Bennion Center, the University and the community at large. Our goals reflect the University of Utah’s mission to:

  1. Promote student success to transform lives.
  2. Develop and transfer knowledge.
  3. Engage community to improve health and quality of life.
  4. Ensure the long-term viability of the University.

As a Communications team, we identify and use best practices with a multi-disciplinary approach. Incorporating language and visual arts, journalism, public relations and marketing, we share with audiences large and small Lowell Bennion’s vision of making the world a better place. 

            Students applying for positions on the Communications team may have the option of receiving one credit hour of academic credit for their participation. This is credit would be awarded as an internship through the Career Services department. Regardless of whether or not they choose to make their participation an internship, all students selected to serve on the Comm Team will be expected to have a mandatory weekly office hour on Friday mornings from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Students may choose which one hour time frame they would like during that block. Please email JJ if you have questions or concerns at jennifer.c.jones@utah.edu

The Graphic Designer uses his/her talents in computer design to advance the messages of the Bennion Center. This individual works with all staff partners, not only the Comm team, in order to meet advertising needs via print and electronic media. Working with the staff partner, the graphic design coordinator also directs the work of the graphic design assistant. Average time commitment each week is three hours. Position requirements include:

  • Must be proficient in PhotoShop and Illustrator (or InDesign).
  • Digitally design and produce posters, brochures, annual reports, student board cards and flyers.
  • Must dependably meet deadlines with work that is portfolio-worthy.
  • Establish an office hour between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. each Friday throughout the academic year to work with the Comm team and meet with staff partner to review requests, establish deadlines, and report progress. 
  • Track personal office hours through the Intranet on Bennioncenter.org.
  • Table at least one hour each semester.
  • Attend Legacy of Lowell. Also attend at least one other Saturday Service Project of your choosing.
  • Participate in Comm Team leadership training twice each year.
  • Attend new student leader orientation at the end of Spring semester and the beginning of Fall semester to help orient Bennion Center peer leaders and to receive training for your position.
  • Assist in advertising, public relations and recruitment as requested by the staff partner or other members of the Comm team.


The social media specialist is responsible for updating and maintaining the Bennion Center accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This student is posting as the Bennion Center and should avoid any personal, political or religious statements, showing respect and neutrality for gender, race, political and religious differences in our audience. This student will build the Bennion Center brand by sharing new information about the Center or other University related events and activities, as well as using positive comments to build community. Average time commitment each week is approximately one hour daily. Position requirements include:

  • Understanding or willingness to learn how social media can engage audiences and build followers.
  • Update Facebook at least once every day.
  • Update Twitter at least twice every day, being certain to send a thank you response to any new followers.
  • Update Instagram at least once every day.
  • Designate an office hour between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. each Friday throughout the academic year to meet with staff partner and other team members.
  • Track personal office hours through the Intranet on Bennioncenter.org.
  • Meet every-other-week for Comm team meetings.
  • Table at least one hour each semester.
  • Attend Legacy of Lowell. Also attend at least one other Saturday Service Project of your choosing.
  • Participate in Comm Team leadership training twice each year.
  • Attend new student leader orientation at the end of Spring semester and the beginning of Fall semester to help orient Bennion Center peer leaders and to receive training for your position.
  • Assist in advertising, public relations and recruitment as requested by the staff partner or other members of the Comm team.


This committee works to plan and implement large-scale service projects as well as introducing new students to Bennion Center programs and opportunities. This team also works with Bennion Center wide training, socials and other events. Expect to serve between 3 to 5 hours on average, per week, including monthly committee meetings. Positions are expected to be held from April 2017-April 2018

Community Outreach Program Directors

Community Outreach Program Directors manage unique and valuable volunteer opportunities within the Bennion Center and the University of Utah community. Some programs may also require service during the summer months.

In addition to the general duties of a Bennion Center student leader, Community Outreach Program Leaders are expected to:

  • Recruit, orient, train and retain volunteers as necessary for your program.
  • Respond to prospective Volunteer Interest Forms (VIFs) within 24-48 hours.
  • Maintain regular communication with your respective staff partner, board representative, and volunteers.
  • Keep track of monthly hours served within your program by Bennion Center volunteers.
  • Attend the monthly community outreach meeting facilitated by your board representative and staff partner.
  • Attend regular meetings with your staff partner.
  • Maintain 1 office support programming hour in the Bennion Center a week.
  • Perform the duties required by the specific program (see specific program description for details).
  • Attend Legacy of Lowell Day of Service and a minimum of 2 other Saturday Service Projects throughout the year unless otherwise outlined in your position description.
  • May be asked to serve as a team leader for a Legacy of Lowell Project.
  • Work with the Community Outreach Coordinator to find a replacement for the following academic year.

First Year Service Corps Co-Directors (2 Positions Available)

  • Mentor first-year students by introducing them to leadership and service activities.
  • Plan and participate in bi-monthly service projects in the community with first-year students.
  • Respond to community requests for service and volunteers.
  • Meet at least once a month with the First-Year team.
  • Collaborate with partners across campus and the community to educate first year students about community events and service opportunities.
  • Meet weekly with the First Year Service Corps Leadership Team to plan meetings and events.
  • Table and Recruit Students at First-Year and Transfer Orientations over the summer semester.
  • Serve at the Bennion Center front desk 1 hour a week.


Fall 2017 Saturday Service Project Co-Chair (1 Position Available)

  • Take the lead on everything for the November 2017 Saturday Service Project
  • Meet with staff and advisory board member 3-4 months out to start planning the project.
  • Identify theme, community partners, and projects for the November 2017 project.
  • Regular meetings with Community Outreach Coordinator and Advisory Board member.
  • Securing donations for projects and purchasing with Community Outreach Coordinator food and supplies needed.
  • Work with BC Communications Team on marketing and PR for the project
  • Serve at the Bennion Center front desk 1 hour a week.
  • Be available to assist with all Saturday Service Projects for the 2017-2018 year.
  • Create impact sheet and debrief after the project.


MLK Day of Service Co-Chair (1 Position Available)

  • Take the lead on the 2018 MLK Day of Service
  • Meet with staff and advisory board member 3-4 months out to start planning the project.
  • Identify community partners and projects for MLK Day of Service
  • Regular meetings with Community Outreach Coordinator and Advisory Board member.
  • Securing donations for projects and purchasing with Community Outreach Coordinator food and supplies needed.
  • Work with BC Communications Team on marketing and PR for the project
  • Be available to assist with all Saturday Service Projects for the 2017-2018 year.
  • Create impact sheet and debrief after the project.
  • Serve at the Bennion Center front desk 1 hour a week
  • Serve on the MLK Week Committee and attend meetings associated with the committee.



Spring 2018 Saturday Service Project Co-Chair (1 Position Available)

  • Take the lead on everything for the February 2018 Saturday Service Project
  • Meet with staff and advisory board member 3-4 months out to start planning the project.
  • Identify theme, community partners, and projects for the February 2018 project.
  • Regular meetings with Community Outreach Coordinator and Advisory Board member.
  • Securing donations for projects and purchasing with Community Outreach Coordinator food and supplies needed.
  • Work with BC Communications Team on marketing and PR for the project
  • Be available to assist with all Saturday Service Projects for the 2017-2018 year.
  • Serve at the Bennion Center front desk 1 hour a week.
  • Create impact sheet and debrief after the project.


Campus and Community Outreach Liaison (1 Open Position)

  • Represent the Bennion Center in the greater community through tabling and outreach events
  • Be knowledgeable of all Bennion Center programs and projects throughout the year.
  • Facilitate BC 101 which takes place at the same time each month. (Currently 1st Tuesday 9-10, but student can work with staff partner to determine new times).
  • Plan and facilitate Bennion Center Service Social the second week of the Fall Semester.
  • This position in responsible for assisting colleges and clubs to perform community service either by helping them join a BC project already planned or sharing our network of information so their events will be successful.
  • Serve as the Bennion Center and University of Utah representative to the Utah Campus Compact Student Advisory Board (A network of student leaders in service across the state of Utah).
  • Serve at the Bennion Center front desk 1 hour a week.
  • Must be able to attend the Utah Campus Compact Student Service Leader Retreat from August 10th-August 11th in Provo, Utah


Service Corner Program Co- Director (2 Positions Available)

Maintaining all knitting supplies, cards, stationery, or other related supplies in the service corner area.  As new projects are taken on, it will be the responsibility of the program director to maintain all materials and supplies for the service corner.

This includes:

  • Purchasing new yarn, loom, cards or stationery supplies
  • Being responsible to dropping off hats to the hospital or homeless shelter and mailing out cards
  • Keeping records of volunteer contact records and number of hours served to be summarized monthly.
  • Responsible for writing potential verification letters or recommendations
  • Maintaining policies accordingly
  •    Making sure that all of the student leaders at the front desk are trained in all of the service corner projects and willing to train volunteers that come into the Bennion Center looking for projects in the service corner.
  •    Coordination and planning of large groups looking to do service through service corner.
  •   Recruit, Orient, and Train students to serve as Service Corner Assistants.
  •   Supervising Service Corner Assistants and arranging training hours and special events.


Bennion Service House


Each year twelve students who are driven to make significant service contributions to The University of Utah and the community are selected to reside in the Bennion Service House on historic Officers Circle. Residents gain unique opportunities to examine their own civic engagement in a living and learning community, while engaging in and promoting various service experiences throughout the year. 

Required Service House Activities:

  • Monthly House Meeting: House meetings are typically held in the first Tuesday of the month.
  • Service House Dialogues: Residents are involved in planning each Service House Dialogue, which includes selecting and researching dialogue topics, collaborating with community and campus guest speakers, outreach, facilitation and general event planning. Each resident will plan and facilitate one dialogue with a team. There are three dialogues in the academic year (November, February and March), held usually the third or fourth Tuesday of the month from 7-8:30pm. Residents and panelists have dinner together from 6:00pm to 6:45pm.
  • Saturday Service Projects (SSP): Participation at each Bennion Center SSP is required of all residents. The SSP’s are held the third Saturday of the month (3 to 4 hours).Time and location vary each month. Special assignments may be given to residents.

  • Project Youth: Service House residents support and participate in the annual Project Youth event on campus by attending and leading groups of students across campus. The program seeks to inspire students from Title I elementary schools across the Salt Lake valley to pursue higher education. The event takes place on Reading Day in April (4 to 5 hours).


Student-Directed Program Directors - Due March 24, 2017

Student Program Directors manage ongoing volunteer programs with local community organizations and public schools. Student program directors work with a student coordinator and Bennion Center staff to best serve the needs of community partners and volunteers. It is strongly recommended that perspective program directors volunteer with or visit the community partner prior to applying for this position. Student program directors are expected to serve 5-10 hours a week, depending on the program. Some programs may also require service during the summer months (see application for details).

In addition to the general duties of a Bennion Center student leader, Student Program Directors are expected to:

  • Volunteer regularly within the respective program (see Volunteer Interest Form for a description of each program).
  • Recruit, orient, train and retain volunteers as necessary for your program.
  • Respond to prospective Volunteer Interest Forms (VIFs) within 24-48 hours.
  • Maintain regular communication with your respective staff partner, community partner, and issue area coordinator.
  • Complete the Original Community Partner Agreement meeting prior to the beginning of fall semester, the Check-in CPA during the fall semester and the Wrap-Up CPA before spring break.
  • Maintain the VIF tracking spreadsheet, a database of all prospective, current and past volunteers, including contact information and university ID.
  • Keep track of monthly hours served within your program by Bennion Center volunteers.
  • Attend monthly meetings facilitated by your Issue Area Coordinator.
  • Perform the duties required by the specific program (see specific program description for details).
  • Be a Bennion Center Ambassador: build an in-depth understanding of the programs and opportunities at the Bennion Center
  • Complete Motor Pool certification (or identify yourself as a non-driver)
  • Complete Youth Protection requirements (applies to certain programs only) 



  • 1 Office Hour
  • Program Commitment


  • Issue Area Meeting
  • Hours Logs/Reflections


  • Attend Legacy of Lowell Day of Service (Fall) & MLK Day of Service (Spring)
  • 1 Leadership Workshop (1 per semester)
  • 2 hours tabling (2 per semester)

1. Arts for Youth (AFY)

At Arts for Youth we plan, teach, and do arts and crafts lessons with elementary aged students.
  • Teach engaging art lessons to K-6 Students.
    1. Email volunteers one or two days before the lesson date.
      • include sign-up sheet (drive) so volunteers can sign-up for positions.
    2. Create age-appropriate art lesson(s).
    3. Gather/buy material for lesson.
    4. Make art project example.
    5. Teach art lesson.
  • Recruit regular volunteers.
    1. Create and hang flyers (in drive).
    2. Contact advisors and professors to share your flyer with students.
    3. Meet with interested volunteers and train them using powerpoint (in drive).
  • Complete a background check (director and co-director). Facilitate background checks for all volunteers (paid for by the BC).
  • Maintain organization of AFY closet and keep it stocked with materials.
  • Maintain regular contact with co-director, community partners, BC partners, and volunteers.

2. Running Forward

Running Forward is a running club for youth living in low-income and at-risk circumstances that helps develop love of everyday life through physical activity.
  •     Recruiting and training new volunteers and site leaders.
  •     Ensuring effective communication with school administration through site leaders.
  •     Maintaining a sufficient number of volunteers at each school and facilitating youth recruitment.
  •     Attend weekly board meetings.
  •     Attending running practices each Friday and checking in on site leaders.
  •     Assist in planning the end of year 5K as well as other schools involving each of the schools involved in RF.
  •     Facilitate fundraising at the University of Utah through ASUU and the Bennion Center and developing the community 5k race at the end of the year
  •     You will be expected to help in other various areas with the program, including distribution of permission forms, background checks, helping to set up new schools, and updating lessons and schedules.
  • As Running Forward is still a fairly new program, there is lots of room for new growth and expansion. The program director should be ready to help suggest innovative new solutions to problems and propose ways to support Running Forward’s rapid growth.

3. Special Olympics Utah Team (Co-Director)

  • Work with the parents, coaches, and athletes to coordinate practices and prepare athletes for Special Olympic events.
  • Fundraise to meet the team’s monetary needs.
  • Organize events throughout the year with coordination with Special Olympics Utah
  • Complete and maintain paperwork for athletes and coaches prior to all competitions.
  • Work with coaches to help train athletes and set up practice facilities.

4. Utah Symphony | Utah Opera

  • Have experience volunteering with the Symphony or the Opera in the several capacities.
  • Be knowledgeable in each service opportunity available with USUO (including: intermission receptions, opera boutique, chair moving, opera light walking, etc.)
  • Volunteer as a Lead Volunteer with USUO as assigned and attend their regular meetings.
  • Show enthusiasm for promoting the arts in the community and be willing to talk about the volunteer opportunities in the Bennion Center.
  • Recruit  and retain volunteers through personal emails, tabling events, word of mouth, texting, flyers, and posters.
  • All Program Director Responsibilities through the Bennion Center (tracking hours, responding to Volunteer Interest Forms in a timely fashion, attend monthly meetings, complete CPA meetings in a timely fashion, etc.)
  • Program Director gets the same benefits as Lead Volunteers that are Staff Benefits! (Melissa Robison gives detailed descriptions of the benefit package.)


1. Bud Bailey Youth Tutoring

University of Utah students tutoring/mentoring diverse, under served, English-as-a-second-language youth in grades 6-12.
  • Maintain organization of the Bud Bailey email account
  • Maintain regular meetings with Allison
  • Meet with new volunteers before bringing them on board
  • Facilitate the paperwork before the shadow session
  • Orient new volunteers to the location, site, etc.
  • Be ready to answer questions and help volunteers deal with volunteer issues

2. First Lego League of Utah

First Lego League Utah (FLL-U) is a program partnered with The Leonardo Museum to run workshops and scrimmages and mentor elementary students from FIRST Lego League teams around the Salt Lake Area.
  • Meet with potential volunteers as the Volunteer Interest Forms come in.
  • Schedule and follow up on volunteer background checks and orientation at the Leonardo Museum.
  • Leaders will complete a background check and orientation in a timely manner.
  • Leaders will manage the legoleaguebc@gmail.com email account.
  • Maintain monthly/bi-monthly/as needed meetings with Lola (community partner at the Leonardo Museum.
  • Obtain the record of volunteer hours from Lola in order to keep track.
  • Attend a weekly office hour in the Bennion Center, scheduled by at the beginning of each semester.
  • Submit monthly volunteer hours to the Bennion Center
  • Represent the Bennion Center at University tabling events during the year (2hr/semester).
  • Attend the Student Leader Orientation during summer break

3. Literacy Action Center

Our mission is to deliver basic literacy education that is effective and enhances quality of life to adults who speak English but enter with below fifth grade skills. 
  • Recruit volunteers.
  • Attend one 14-hour training session (two Saturdays).
  • Deliver 2-hour tutor training, and continually make adjustments to training program as needed.

4. Ronald McDonald House

  • Become familiar with the RMH, its mission, and maintain an updated understanding of the agency’s evolving needs.
  • Responsible for the recruitment and training of volunteers.
  • Work with Community Partner to generate surveys for the use of improving the volunteer experience

5. The Children’s Center Mentoring

Assist therapeutic preschool specialists with behaviorally and/or emotionally delayed preschool aged children.
    • Maintain organization of the email account on a daily basis.
      • Including canned responses, after Community Partner responds to VIF
      • Including record of hours
      • Including regular communication with Community Partner
    • Attend a weekly office hour in the Bennion Center.
      • Here you can catch up on hours logs/VIFs and meet with students interested in The Children’s Center to answer questions.
      • Note that you may need to come in for additional time outside of your office hours if students’ are unable to make it to your scheduled office hour time.
    • Volunteer with The Children’s Center on a weekly basis.
    • Attend monthly meetings with Community Partner.
    • Attend monthly meetings with Issue Area.
    • Submit monthly volunteer hours to the Bennion Center.
    • Schedule and lead CPA meetings. (3 per year)
  • Attend leadership development workshops. (two per year)
    • Represent the Bennion Center at tabling events. (4 hours per year)
    • Attend the Student Leader Orientation. (one day per year)
  • Note that this program runs through the summer. Applicants are committing to the above from May 2017 to May 2018. Accommodation, however, can be made for short periods of absence.

6. Utah Development Academy

Utah Development Academy offers children from low income and refugee families the opportunity to play competitive soccer without the high prices. Part of the requirement of being on the team is that each player attend a tutoring session at the local library once a week.
  • Recruit, orient and retain volunteers
  • Create a system for volunteer tracking
  • Help make and edit a volunteer resources packet


1. Friends for Sight

Friends for Sight works passionately each day to save sight and change lives. We do this by providing free vision screenings and working to ensure that people of all ages and backgrounds have access to quality eye care. 
  • Co-Directors meet every week to plan FFS events and respond to emails
  • Respond to VIFs within 48 hours
  • Plan and host monthly trainings to meet and train new volunteers
  • Communicate with community partner to make  sure that all new volunteers receive emails with Friends fo Sight calendar and link to signup.com
  • Meet with community partner once a month, before or after monthly trainings.
  • Complete 2 vision screenings per semester

2. Hospice Care

Do you have the ability to make someone's day? Looking for opportunities for patient care? If you answered yes to either of these questions, Hospice Care is the opportunity for you. Hospice Care provides end-of-life care to those who are dying so they may live the remainder of their days with peace, comfort, and dignity. It is a rewarding and unique opportunity to connect with those in your community!
  • Respond to emails of interested students within 48 hours.
  • Assist the interested volunteers in getting in contact with community partner so they can begin training.
  • If requested by the community partner, be willing to facilitate training of new volunteers at hospice care locations.
  • Keep in weekly contact with the community partner.
  • Act as a volunteer for the hospice program by visiting patient(s) weekly.

3. Hospice and U

This is a very fun opportunity to see how the field of medicine works outside of the hospital or office setting.  It gives you real-life experience in how to meet the personal, social and emotional needs of patients as their health declines.  Besides being a great leadership opportunity, you will gain valuable knowledge about the needs of people as their health declines.
  • Recruit volunteers from various departments on campus. This may require going to the colleges, doing presentations, and asking for volunteers. It may also include sending out flyers to department heads. We will help you in this pursuit.
  • Once per month you will conduct a twenty-minute meeting with potential volunteers or training new volunteers. This should be fun and informative
  • Once per month you will help pick a volunteer of the month. UHPCO will feature this volunteer on our UHPCO website. The volunteer will also receive other recognitions.
  • Once per semester we will work together in providing leadership training.
  • Twice per semester we will have socials involving the volunteers. You will help plan these socials.
  • You will be expected to communicate with the UHPCO community partner at lease once per week in a brief email or phone call and meet briefly once per month.

4. Primary Children's Hospital (Co-Director)

  • Coordinate volunteers between the University of Utah students and the hospital
  • Respond to volunteer interest forms within 48 hrs
  • Hold an office hour once a week
  • Volunteer on site 3 hours a week
  • Write a section in the Primary Children’s newsletter quarterly
  • Plan and complete 2 volunteer projects a year benefiting the hospital or surrounding clinics

5. VA Nursing Home (2 Co-Directors)

At the VA Nursing Home, volunteers provide assistance and companionship to resident senior citizens who are veterans. In addition to one-on-one influence, volunteers assist residents and the recreation staff in a variety of fun activities (bingo, arts and crafts, wii sports, etc) and field trips (canyon cook-outs, day trips to Wendover, movie outings, and more).
  • Volunteer at least once a week at nursing home for one hour.
  • Update/maintain an email list of all volunteering UofU (BC) students (VIF spreadsheet).
  • Act in a professional and respectful manner.
  • Coordinate volunteers between the University (BC) students and the nursing home.
    • Meet with students to explain program and application process and set up orientation.
  • Assist with orientations when available.
  • All general PD requirements (eg: respond to VIFs, office hours)


1. Asian Association of Utah, Sunnyvale Neighborhood Center

Sunnyvale is a community center providing programs, services and resources to our local community with emphasis on delivery to the refugee and immigrant neighbors.

  • PD regularly volunteers at the center 3 hours/week.
  • Weekly meeting with community partner (CP)/notes.
  • Meeting with IC monthly.
  • Monthly volunteer log submissions (travel, preparing and volunteer time).
  • First experience follow up (email and/or text).
  • Connecting volunteer’s major to service (calendar events)
  • Provide public transportation outline to volunteers.
  • Provide background check campus map.
  • Updating VIF excel tracker.

2. Catholic Community Services Refugee Assistance

Refugee Assistance at Catholic Community Services (CCS) provides opportunities for students to work with the refugee community in SLC.
  • Be an active volunteer in one of the five student volunteer programs at CCS, logging at least 2 hours of service per week.
  • (recommended) Have experience in several of the student programs.
  • Be aware of the roles and responsibilities of the five student programs.  The specifics of how this is accomplished
  • Be responsible for recruitment and paperwork for potential volunteers.  This includes (but may not be limited to):
    • (recommended) Planning recruitment activities, posters, etc.
    • Responding to volunteer interest forms
    • Providing instructional materials to new volunteers
    • Meet one-on-one with all potential volunteers
    • Facilitate meetings between potential volunteers and CCS staff
    • Be available for any questions or hand holding
  • Schedule Community Partner Agreement meetings 3 times per year, in accordance with BC guidelines
  • Provide trainings for ESL tutors.
  • (recommended) Update English online resources and share with potential volunteers.
  • Keep an office hour at the Bennion Center and meet monthly with International Issue Area Coordinator.

3. English Skills Learning Center

Meet adults from all over the world. Primary responsibilities include ESL instruction for diverse populations (low-income, refugees, immigrants, asylee). Volunteers will teach their own classes, with curriculum provided, to help change students' lives by facilitating English language acquisition.
  • Attend a monthly 12-hour training split over 3 four-hour sessions.
  • Before recruiting volunteers, PD will provide service as a tutor (duration of time determined by Community Partner)
  • After serving as a tutor, PD will be responsible for recruiting and retaining volunteers that can attend a monthly 12-hour training split over 3 four-hour sessions.

4. Health Access Project

Health Access Project (HAP) is a community partnership that has been working since 2001 to provide health care services to low-income and uninsured residents of Salt Lake County.
  • Volunteer at least 3 hours each week at Health Access Project.
  • Work with the volunteer interpreter coordinator to recruit Spanish speaking volunteers (class visits, requests to organizations, etc.).
  • Schedule meetings for volunteers to meet with Project Director prior to volunteering. 
  • Attend special events, conventions and fundraisers with HAP or Community Health Clinics.

5. Hser Ner Moo

Hser Ner Moo Community and Welcome Center of Promise South Salt Lake. The families and youth we serve are 90% refugees.
  • Become familiar with Hser Ner Moo, its mission, and maintain an updated understanding of the agency’s evolving needs.
  • Volunteer weekly, either in the after-school programs or as a one-on-one mentor.
  •  Hser Ner Moo allows the Program Director to conduct a ‘satellite’ orientation (orientation is required for any prospective volunteer to begin). Through responding to volunteer interest, the PD will schedule a timely meeting with one or more volunteers.

6. International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The International Rescue Committee program offers the opportunity to work with resettling refugees in Salt Lake City.
  • Become familiar with the IRC, its mission, and maintain an updated understanding of the agency’s evolving needs.
  • Volunteer weekly in any chosen program at the IRC Salt Lake office at 221 South 400 West.
  • The IRC allows the Program Director to conduct a ‘satellite’ orientation in which volunteers through the Bennion Center can meet with the PD on campus instead of going to a IRC held volunteer orientation event.
  • PD will respond to volunteer interest forms, and schedule and conduct a timely informational meeting (within the week) with prospective volunteers.
  • These brief meetings (usually between 10 to 20 minutes) will usually be held at the Bennion Center during the PD’s office hour or another designated time that works for both the PD and the prospective volunteer.
  • Meet with Volunteer Coordinator each month (or however often you think neccessary) to discuss the program, volunteer hours, upcoming one-time volunteer opportunities, etc.


1. Edible Campus Gardens

The Edible Campus Gardens project seeks to empower students and the broader community to grow food in a more sustainable manner. Students from various academic disciplines are encouraged to use the gardens as living laboratories to explore the connections between food systems and their field of study.
  • Assist with the Edible Campus Garden's volunteer coordination.
  • Maintain a calendar of events with garden events and volunteer sessions.
  •   Maintain a database for volunteer tracking and service rendered by volunteers.
  •   Recruit student volunteers to four general program areas: Compost management, Outdoor garden management, Greenhouse management, and Workshops.
  • Represent the volunteer's voice to ECG management and leadership team.
  •   Represent the Edible Campus Gardens at Bennion Center events and University of Utah tabling events.
  • Work with garden stewards as part of the Edible Campus Gardens leadership team to plan volunteer events, workshops and discussions on food- and environment-related films.
  • Participate in and recruit volunteers for community events revolving around food systems, health and nutrition, and social and environmental justice.
  • Recognize volunteers through volunteer spotlights and volunteer awards at the annual Fall Harvest Soirée.
  •  Be a part of the University of Utah Farmers Market.

2. Environmental Action Team

Help improve the quality of our environment and learn new methods of conservation and sustainability by participating in local projects in Utah.
  • Organize one environmentally oriented service project a month
  • Find indoor service projects and events during the winter months (Dec, Jan, Feb).
  • Mainly focus on doing outdoorsy hands-on projects during the warmer months.
  • If possible, try and work with pre-existing campus organizations that also focus on doing environmental work.
  • Maintain a list of possible community partners and remain updated on their volunteer opportunities.
  • Maintain an updated volunteer event calendar that includes both EAT and Bennion Center events.
  • (Optional) Plan a monthly meeting in the Bennion Center to work on an ongoing project, such as a SCIF project.

3. Green Urban Lunchbox

The Green Urban Lunchbox's mission is to empower people to engage in local food production by using the resources available in their community. We do so by connecting people to a creative network of spaces and opportunities.
  • Work with Community Partner to actively recruit volunteers for the Back-Farms program. Maintain spreadsheet with interested volunteers and confirmed volunteers once committed to the program.
  • Help plan and facilitate Back-Farms Orientation.
  • Help plan volunteer appreciation party, buy gifts and write thank you notes for all Back-Farms volunteers.
  • Recruit volunteers for Fruit Share program throughout the spring and summer.
    • Plan one or two Bennion Center Fruit Share Orientations to familiarize volunteers with the events.
    • Train volunteers on how to self report their hours.
  • Maintain and track Fruit Share volunteer hours through self reporting spreadsheet or form.
  • Respond to interested volunteers within the community as well as from the Bennion Center.
  • Meet with Community Partner once a month, outside of CPA meetings, to make sure the program is running well.
  • Be knowledgeable about all volunteering opportunities the Green Urban Lunchbox has to offer.

4. Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels serves meals to home-bound seniors in the Salt Lake Community. These seniors rely on meal deliveries to remain independent in their homes.

  • Coordinate and schedule volunteers to deliver meals.
  • Ensure that meals are delivered in a timely manner.
  • Plan for back-up volunteers in the event that a volunteer cannot make it to his/her assigned day.
  • Meals will be delivered to the Bennion Center by 10:00am Monday-Friday. Volunteers have until 2:00pm to deliver 8-10 meals to homes located near the University of Utah Campus. The Student Program Director is expected to serve as a volunteer within the program.


1. Best Buddies (Co-Director)

At Best Buddies, we match people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD) with a college buddy to develop a lifelong one-on-one friendship.
  • Co-director will act as the Activities Coordinator within the Best Buddies organization. In this position, the co-director will be considered a type of “vice president” for the chapter and will assist the College Buddy Director (chapter president) in all the duties listed above and below.
  • Fill officer positions including vice president, treasurer, and secretary from volunteer pool.
  • Match college students with adults in the community who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and monitor those matches throughout the school year.
  • Send mass emails a few times a month telling people about the upcoming activities, reminders, updates etc.
  • Recruit the needed number of officers to work with the co-directors to help plan activities, complete reports, and make sure the program runs smooth.
  • Aid in planning one group activity every month and at least one officer meeting per month.
  • Assist in planning and carrying out fundraisers to pay for chapter dues and the necessary funds for all activities.
  • Collect monthly updates from the matched buddy pairs and turn into the state office.
  • Maintain weekly contact with the Best Buddies Utah program manager and state director.

2. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. The Big Brothers Big Sisters Vision is that all children achieve success in life.
  • Respond to Volunteer Interest Forms and set up orientation meeting with interested students
  • Meet for ~20min orientation with potential volunteers and go over Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) basics
  • Connect potential Volunteers with BBBS recruitment specialist
  • Update VIF spreadsheet and work with Community Partner at BBBS to track volunteer progress through application process
  • Handle background check invoices for reimbursement to BBBS
  • Track monthly volunteer hours

3. Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts of Utah partners with Title I schools and community centers across the Salt Lake Valley to provide the Girl Scouts experience to underserved populations.
  • Be knowledgeable about or willing to learn more about Girl Scout programs in order to direct volunteers to the appropriate program.
  • Establish a connection and orient new volunteers.
  • Follow up with volunteers regularly.
  • Volunteer and enjoy working with children and help instill the Girl Scouts mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.
  • Schedule informant meetings with the Girl Scouts Community Partner
  • Plan and manage the program’s budget
  • Manage volunteer interest forms, hours, and match up locations/times with volunteer availability
  • Orient new volunteers and promote the program on campus and during first meetings with potential volunteers

4. Palmer Court Kids’ Book Club

  • Attend book club each Tuesday (except holidays) from 4:30-5:30
  • Create budget at the beginning of the year and keep track of receipts for reimbursement.
  • Plan craft for weekly activity time
  • Buy/make snack and drink
  • Research ideas to keep book club running smoothly
  • Plan reading questions to promote fun thinking towards reading
  • Create rules for club and be firm in following

5. Road Home Book Club

Become a mentor for an under-served population by helping build literacy skills of children ages 5-12. Each volunteer gets one-on-one time with children to encourage a positive and lifelong relationship with reading!
  • Attend book club each Monday (except holidays) from 7-8pm
  • Engage children and create a positive atmosphere geared toward improving reading
  • Remind volunteers of Road Home rules such as no photos of the children, no full frontal hugs etc.
  • Maintain relationships with Bennion Center and community volunteers to make sure they have all the tools they need to successfully volunteer
  • Choose a book to read to the group near the end of the hour
  • Create a fun and quick (10-15 minute) activity to complete associated with the book read to the group
  • Add to the binder each weekly activity and book so we can keep a running log for future PDs (give a brief description on materials and leave comments: “Was it a fun activity?” “Was it hard to put together?” etc.)
  • Track hours of volunteers
  • Be in charge of disciplinary action (talk to child) and take child to volunteer coordinator if necessary
  • Stay in contact with the volunteer coordinator to stay consistent with all rules and regulations of program

 6. Road Home Playroom

Act as a caring role model and teach social skills while interacting with children in the homeless shelter playroom.
  • Help make the time enjoyable for the kids.
  • Keep track of volunteer hours and report them each month to the Bennion Center
    • manage VIFs and hours
  • Bring in healthy snack every other week (unless a holiday then treats are allowed)
    • be creative and fun with it!
    • post photos to the roadhome playroom folder on the O drive
  • Attend playroom on Tuesday nights from 7pm-8pm.
  • Help set up the playroom for the kids’ playtime at the homeless shelter.
  • Go over the rules with volunteers who attend
  • Welcome new volunteers and introduce them to the other volunteers/kids
  • Take disciplinary action if a child misbehaves and if necessary, remove child from playroom
  • Work closely with co-director to track and log in volunteer hours.
  • Keep them in the loop about how playroom goes

Road Home Teens Night Out (2 Co-Directors)

Assist with a weekly activity to get teens out of the shelter. It is a time to talk, mentor, build self-esteem, and provide the teens with a positive support group.
  • Plan weekly activities for teen participants that help them enjoy supervised freedom with peers out in the community.
  • Be a mentor to these kids as well as a chaperon to activities.
  • Attend Road Home orientation before volunteering.
  • Work closely with co-director to track volunteer and log in volunteer hours.

Take Care Utah

Volunteers will participate in various outreach events across the Salt Lake Valley to teach uninsured Utahns about the free services we offer to help them gain health care coverage through Medicaid, CHIP, and the Affordable Care Act.
  • Recruitment
  • Communication with volunteers and keeping them updated
  • Initial contact meetings
  • Record hours, reflections and goals
  • Coordinate Google Docs and track/enter monthly hour logs
  • Update VIF Response Doc from Social Justice Coordinator



Last Updated: 3/21/17