Salt Lake City

City Volunteer Opportunities Abound in January


January 4, 2013

Contact: Savannah Wake

City Volunteer Opportunities Abound in January
SALT LAKE CITY – Following a record year for participation on public service projects, 2013 promises to be filled with a variety of City volunteer opportunities.  While many outdoor projects are limited by the winter season, there are plenty of ongoing opportunities including youth after-school programs, community center support, police and public safety programs and much more.


One-Time Opportunities

Friday, January 11
Food and Warm Clothing Drive
2:00 - 3:30 pm, Drive up & drop off east side of City & County Bldg. at 450 S. 200 E.

Take part in Salt Lake City's annual food and clothing drive, sponsored by the Mayor's Office and YouthCity.  All collected food items and monetary donations will benefit the Utah Food Bank and all clothing donations will be given to Catholic Community Services for distribution to those in need.  It's easy to drop off donations or donate from home, your phone, or anywhere with the virtual food drive!  Click here to donate.  

Friday, January 18
Service Project at the Utah Food Bank
3:00 - 4:30 pm

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service early. Join us at the Utah Food Bank to help sort and package food for community members in need.  Ages 12 and up only, youth under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  Please wear close-toed shoes.  RSVP's are REQUIRED and this project will fill quickly.  RSVP to

Monday, January 21
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Dr. King famously said, "Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve."  Celebrate this holiday as a day on instead of a day off!  Click here for a list of local events celebrating the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Ongoing Opportunities

Winter is a fantastic time to get involved in an ongoing volunteer opportunity.  Although City gardens, parks, and trails projects are put mostly to bed for the winter, service opportunities abound.  YouthCity, the Unity Center, SLC Police Department and SLC Boards and Commissions all offer long lasting ways to leave your mark on our community.


Assist with youth after-school and summer programs focusing on arts, employment, sports, science, government and service learning. 

Unity Center

Volunteers interested in helping to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics will find a fun spot at the Unity Center where they are currently working on a variety of robotics, Lego and science projects. 

Police Department

Attentive community members can register for Operation Safe Passage, ensuring that our children get to and from school safely, or Volunteer Corps (formerly Mobile Neighborhood Watch).  Volunteer Corps members work closely with the police department to help keep our communities safe, report problem areas and deter crime.  Salt Lake City youth ages 14 - 20 can enroll in the SLCPD Explorers program, working closely with police officers to learn about law enforcement careers, representing the department at community events and gaining a mutual understanding of police operation through hands on training.  

Boards and Commissions

Adult community members are invited to serve on one of the City's many boards and commissions, providing a vital link between constituents and City government.  Currently we are in need of more representation from Council districts 1 and 2.  If you reside within these areas, please consider submitting an application.
For more information on these ongoing opportunities, click here or contact Savannah Wake, Volunteer Coordinator, at or 801-535-6202.