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Our work is fueled by the passion of 2.8 million volunteers and 9.8 million donors who give their time, their money and their voice to improve the lives of others. Every day, our volunteers, donors and advocates are making a lasting difference in so many ways. That can mean helping a child learn to read, donating money to make sure people have access to quality medical care, speaking out in support of policies that provide training for in-demand jobs and so much more. We focus on education, financial stability and health, the building blocks for a good life and a strong community. See how we make it all happen.
At Dixie Sun Elementary all children gain fluency in Spanish and in English. Children are immersed 50% of the time in Spanish and 50% of the time in English. In 2005 teaching in two languages began in kindergarten and first grade. Each year a new grade level has been added. In this school year 2014-2015 Dixie Sun Elementary will be the only completely bilingual public school in Utah. Language learning is combined with vocal and instrumental music instruction to make an early cognitive impact on young children that promotes excellence in all academic areas.
What We Do Beyond food and shelter: Switchpoint Community Resource Center is a stepping stone to independence for homeless individuals. A train naturally follows the path of a railroad track, but one simple device is used to redirect them when needed. This mechanism is crucial for efficiently getting trains to their intended destinations, a feat nearly impossible otherwise. The name of this device is a switch point. The homeless face many obstacles to become functional members of society. They are like a train stuck on a track without opportunities to change the course and direction of their lives. The Switchpoint Community Resource Center was established by The City of St. George to provide the support and services needed to get the homeless back on track, all in one central location. Switchpoint holds the promise of a fresh start and ample opportunity to improve one’s circumstances. The Switchpoint Community Resource Center is equipped to accommodate up to 64 individuals who are in need of temporary housing. Each of the 16 rooms has its own shower, sink, and toilet and the facility has a full-functioning kitchen, laundry room, multi-purpose room, pantry, and a training center with 50 computers. The need for Switchpoint is apparent, as the resource center was filled to capacity the first day it opened on August 29, 2014. While giving the homeless a hot meal, a clean bed, and a roof over their heads will help in the short term, more is needed. The journey back to stable and decent housing begins as soon as new residents arrive. Each person meets with a case manager and receives a comprehensive needs assessment. Individualized plans of action are formed to get them marketable, employed, housed, and equipped with the skills necessary to regain stability in their life, and help them obtain permanent housing. The motto of SwitchPoint is "It Takes All of Us." To give each person the best opportunity for success, local non-profit agencies will be on site to provide resources such as educational training, employment placement, and housing assistance.

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Coins for Kids is a non-profit organization that provides Christmas presents for less fortunate children in Washington County in Southern Utah. All of the money that is raised is spent for the children. 100% of all funds raised are used for this purpose. There are no administrative costs or paid staff, everyone working with Coins for Kids is a volunteer. All donations are completely tax deductible. The money that is raised for this effort comes directly from the community in the form of individual donations as well as corporate donations.
Friday's Kids was born in 2001 with the goal to provide relief to families and, at the same time, provide a safe, fun recreational environment for the children. Serving multiple times throughout the month, Friday's Kids is a local non-for-profit where families with children with special needs can have a social outlet and a recreational program they can enjoy while also getting one-on-one supervision.
DOVE Center's mission is to build a community of peace one person, one family, and one home at a time. We strive to do this by providing confidential shelter, advocacy, and counseling to support victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. We work to increase safety in our community by building collaborative partnerships and providing awareness and prevention education.
Through the work of Habitat, thousands of low-income families have found new hope in the form of affordable housing. Churches, community groups and others have joined together to successfully tackle a significant social problem―decent housing for all. Since 1976, Habitat has helped 6.8 million people find strength, stability and independence through safe, decent and affordable shelter.
Children of Hope Academy is a place where challenged individuals have the opportunity to continue their education at their own place. The purpose of the academy is to help mentally challenged individuals achieve their full potential. Volunteers spend 1-2 hours per week tutoring and spending time with an individual at the academy.
The St. George Children’s Museum encourages its guests to touch, feel, play, and explore in our ten exhibit rooms. The rooms are designed to encourage interaction between adults and children. Minds both old and young will discover a world of imagination as they play and interact with the museum exhibits. It is the museum’s goal to offer and provide educational opportunities for all children and adults to learn and grow. “Discover, Imagine, and Create” is the museum’s motto for a particular reason. Everything the museum provides, all the specific designs of each exhibit piece, and every activity planned and offered strives to provide a way for its guests to discover, imagine, or create. Discover new worlds, participate in imaginative play, and create fun with us at the St. George Children’s Museum.
St. George Races provides opportunities for residents of the Southern Utah area to get out and enjoy the beautiful region, exercise, accomplish goals, and serve as volunteers at races.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah seeks to engage, connect and support the children in our state who benefit most from a stable relationship with a volunteer adult mentor. They engage children by reaching out to partners in communities who help identify children, ages 6-17, who want and need a mentor. Big Brothers Big Sisters strive to connect these children with the perfect match – a mentor with similar interests who wants to help just that kind of child.
Founded in 1904, Utah Food Bank has operated under various names but has always remained true to our mission of Fighting Hunger Statewide. 423,000 Utahns, which equates to 1 in 7 Utahns, are at risk of missing a meal today. Even more alarming is that 1 in 5 Utah kids are unsure where their next meal is coming from. With your support last year, we distributed over 37.5 million pounds of food, the equivalent of over 31 million meals, to people facing hunger across the state. Please help us serve even more of our state this year!
The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief and education in the United States. The organization offers services in four main areas: service/comfort for military members and their families; the collection, processing and distribution of blood and blood products; educational programs on preparedness, health and safety; and international relief and development programs

ELEVATE YOUR FALL AND SPRING BREAK

Alternative Breaks are short term service trips that take place over fall, winter, spring or summer break. These trips are a great way to not only help communities, but travel and experience the world at the same time. Come get involved, make some friends and make the world a better place during your next break.

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