September 2017-Current: Utah Food Bank
We are continuing to hold food drives, and service projects to raise money in support of the Utah Food Bank.
Through these projects, we have collected donations of 1819 pounds of food items in addition to raising $4662.85. Because the Food Bank has a spending power of $7.48 for each dollar donated, they will be able to use the funds to purchase $34,878.12 worth of food to feed those in need in our greater community. We have also donated 122+hrs of volunteer time at our local food bank office.
2019- Present: Reducing Our Footprint
Caring for our neighborhoods – Making our communities cleaner and safer for play.
Since 2019, once a month, our Men’s Cohort get together to support keeping our neighborhoods and communities clutter-free by picking up trash that needs to find its resting place in garbage or recycle bins.
In addition to garbage collection, they use this time to get to know their neighbors, and to extend support to our overall communities’ living spaces and quality of life.
September 2020 – January 2021- Garage Sale & “Say it with a Button” Fundraiser
Practitioners of our Core Training Program chose, as service projects, to hold a local Covid-19-Safe Garage Sale in September 2020, and to sell buttons through a “Say it with a Button” fundraiser, December 2020-January 2021. The intent with both of these Service Projects was to increase awareness of local & national Food & Clean Water Insecurities. Combined, they raised $1287. Proceeds were donated to both our local Utah Food Bank, and DIGDEEP which is a human rights nonprofit organization serving 2.2 million+ Americans without sinks, bathtubs, or toilets.
In gratitude to our local frontline community, they also made and gifted 600 Appreciation buttons to the University of Utah & Intermountain Healthcare hospitals.
December 2018 – Coat Drive
Our Core Training Program chose, as their service project, to run a coat drive to raise awareness and support local homeless shelters. They collected and donated 509 items, including coats, hats, scarves, and other warm articles of clothing.
December 2016 – Angel Tree
In 2016 our group adopted a 7-year-old child at Christmas time, gifting him with a variety of items from his Christmas wish list. Our intent with this was to hold a child in the heart of giving that exists through the holiday season and throughout year.
December 2015 – The Road Home
In December of 2015, we knit and gave warm scarves and hats to The Road Home.
2006-2014 – Salt Lake City Festival of Trees
From 2006-2014 our group held local fundraisers such as garage sales, breakfast, & BBQ charity events to raise money to be able to donate decorated trees to be auctioned off at the Festival of Trees. Through our efforts, we raised $33,000 over a 9-year period for our local Primary Children’s Hospital. Our intent was holding children and their families in our community within the heart of connection that exists not just through the holiday season but throughout the whole year.