Despite some of the quirky and unusual things that others identify with Utah, residents of the Beehive State have clearly succeeded in making their mark in a positive way.
In 2015, Utah cranked out over 170 million hours of community service, contributed 3.8 billion dollars to service, and attained an average of 43.2 percent of residents who reported their involvement in community service.
With all of this data, it’s no surprise that Utah is often ranked first nationally for total contributions to community service. While students at Salt Lake Community College can take pride in being amongst those who lead the country in service, more can be done to further the trend.
It’s no secret that helping others can increase one’s own happiness, and in return, those who receive charity also get a natural boost to their morale.
Students who want to give back can find more information about community service opportunities through campus and local resources.
1. Thayne Center
The Thayne Center is just one of the many resources students can use to get involved in service on campus. In addition to community partnerships, the center provides plenty of other opportunities to serve, such as the Bruin Pantry, America Reads, and even the little-known community gardens.
2-1-1 is another resource students can use to get involved. A more specialized approach to service, 2-1-1 allows visitors to search for opportunities based on the area in which they reside or would like to serve and can then choose the type of service. Topics range from food distribution to legal justice, and everything in between.