Friday, September 8, 2017

Faculty, Staff Turn Out for First 'Day of Service'

Salt Lake Community College staff and faculty participated together for the first time in a day dedicated to serving the community. The Day of Service kicked off at he SLCC Student Event Center on the Taylorsville Redwood Campus. From there, volunteers fanned out throughout the Salt Lake Valley to volunteer at several locations.

Tree Utah Eco Garden site at Salt Lake City Library Day-Riverside Branch

SLCC recently implemented the Community Engagement Leave time (CEL) policy, which allows its 3,000 employees 24 hours of paid leave for community service per year, which equals more than 72,000 service hours from SLCC employees.

“We wanted to offer an incentive to our employees to allow them to provide hands-on voluntary service to their communities as part of an organized community service activity,” said SLCC President Deneece G. Huftalin.

Boys & Girls Club of Great Salt Lake, Murray and Sugarhouse Clubs

SLCC has an extensive community engagement program through the Thayne Center for Service & Learning, which connects students, staff and faculty to volunteer opportunities. Last year the Center recorded that more than 5,800 people contributed more than 125,000 of service hours to the community. The Sept. 8 event will give employees an opportunity to use three hours of CEL in the very same places where thousands of SLCC students have been serving the community.

“SLCC is committed to partnering with and helping strengthen the communities in which we work and live,” Huftalin said. “We encourage SLCC employees and students to become engaged in their communities, lending support to programs that enrich the quality of life and opportunities for all citizens.”

Wasatch Community Gardens

Day of Service volunteers worked with Maliheh Free Clinic, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake – Murray and Sugarhouse Clubs, TreeUtah, Salt Lake County Youth Services, Family Support Center, CCS Homeless Services, Jordan River Commission, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Utah Food Bank and Wasatch Community Gardens to meet the needs of each organization. 

Community Garden at SLCC Taylorsville Redwood Campus