SUN Center, community volunteers complete projects
The College of Eastern Utah SUN Center has partnered with Newborns in Need: Helping Hands Chapter.
The organization serves the state and helps agencies that provide for the needs of premature and newborn babies that are sick or in crisis.
CEU students and community members have made baby quilts, receiving blankets, burp bibs, fleece blankets and a twin quilt in addition to conducting a donation drive for new and gently used baby clothes and other items, indicated the Sun Center.
Throughout April, the local volunteers also worked with the with the NIN chapter to teach quilting and sewing.
On April 25th, a recognition event was presented and people who participated in the community project were recognized for their efforts.
In addition, the SUN Center partnered with Active Re-Entry and the United Way of Southeastern Utah to plan and implement an alternative spring break service project on the Navajo Reservation near Bluff.
During the service project, volunteers from the center and the organizations worked to fulfill some of the needs of the members of the Navajo Nation, pointed out the SUN Center.
The efforts included building ramps to allow mobility for the elderly or basic needs, painting and maintaining homes and finishing corrals or outbuildings.
On April 25, the volunteer groups hosted a reflection event where people who helped during the week of spring break met to discuss the success of the project.
Thousands of other young volunteers spent Global Youth Service Day on April 25 doing similar service activities at locations across the state, continued the SUN Center.
The volunteers were a part of the largest youth service initiative in the state, the Utah Youth Service Marathon.
A total of 26 large-scale youth projects began in November and culminated with community events on the same day.
Service events ranged from planting a garden to helping refugees to playing with children whose mothers are the victims of domestic violence, and more.
Thousands of volunteers have participated and contributed hundreds of hours to serving their communities.
The marathon was organized by Salt Lake City-based non-profit organization YouthLINC.
The statewide activity was part of an effort to raise awareness of the impact volunteer service can have on young people, explained Judy Zone, director.
"I think it's really important for young people to be exposed to service," said Zone. "That's something they can carry with them and can help them understand their own power to do something good."
Marathon sponsors included the Utah Office of Education, Utah Commission on Volunteers, the Community of Caring and the Association of Youth Councils, concluded the CEU Sun Center.