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Service Corner

The Service Corner is the University of Utah's walk-in service program. Visit the Bennion Center anytime Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM—between classes, on a lunch hour, or whenever you have time to give. We focus on addressing needs in our own community and beyond, while keeping projects simple enough that people can pick them up quickly. We currently offer three projects: Knitting hats for children and socks for adults experiencing homelessness; Days for Girls, which works to supply reusable menstrual pads to girls around the world; and Bags to Beds, which turns plastic bags into sleeping mats for people experiencing homelessness. More project info below!

Please Note:

We are NOT accepting bags for Bags to Beds at this time. Thank you for your donations. We would love your help on processing those bags into "plarn" (plastic yarn).

Group Projects

The Service Corner will also accommodate campus and community group service projects. Simply pick one of our projects, and we can be there to help train your group on how to do it! Service Corner projects are a great way to catch up with your group while helping and improving the community. We are always interested in rotating new projects in if there is a need in the community that that could benefit through the volunteer hours the Service Corner can provide. 

To schedule a Service Corner project for your campus or community group, or to reach out about rotating your project in, please contact us using the link below or call us at 801-581-4811.

Schedule a Project 

Check out our current Service Corner projects! 

Knitting for Newborns

Knitting for Newborns

Knitting is one of the main projects in the Service Corner. We teach volunteers how to loom-knit beanies in various sizes to be distributed to children and adults experiencing homelessness in our community. This project is simple and flexible—great for individual drop-ins or for groups. We provide the supplies, and our wonderful volunteers can drop in to the Bennion Center or Khalert Village to help us knit the beanies. We can also provide the supplies for larger group projects on- or off-campus.

Days for Girls

Days for Girls

Days for Girls is an international program that focuses on providing feminine hygiene products to girls in need. Girls around the world are often shamed into staying at home and out of school during their monthly periods. Days for Girls seeks to end this by providing kits with reusable and sustainable feminine hygiene products that allow girls to comfortably continue their daily lives during their periods. Days for Girls has provided health education and hygiene kits to more than one million girls and counting. 

Bags to Beds

Bags to Beds

Bags to Beds is a student-conceived program that creates sleeping mats out of plastic grocery bags. Clean, used plastic bags are repurposed into "plarn" (plastic yarn) that is then used to crochet full-size sleeping mats. These sleeping mats are distributed to people experiencing homelessness and are used as a shield from the cold concrete in the winter and the extremely hot concrete in the summer. Bags to Beds not only creates a use for plastic waste, but also provides a resource to those experiencing homelessness. The Bennion Center is seeking volunteers to help make plarn and crochet mats!

Last Updated: 7/21/20