People who want to lend a helping hand in Salt Lake City but aren’t sure where to start can sign up through a new city program that matches wannabe volunteers with organizations in need.
SLC Corps was launched on Tuesday through Mayor Erin Mendenhall’s office. Residents as well as people from other cities who are at least 18 years old can find projects online through the city’s website at slc.gov/mayor/slc-corps. No prior experience is necessary, since training will be provided as needed.
“I’m thrilled about the creation of SLC Corps, a new volunteer program! My office receives so many calls from residents who want to help, and SLC Corps will do just that by channeling city resources and connecting with community partners,” tweeted Mendenhall about the new program.
The city’s webpage says projects will happen year-round, and will take place indoors and outdoors. Face masks are currently required for any volunteer events.
The first SLC Corps project is for The Road Home, which is seeking kitchen supplies for unhoused people moving into The Magnolia, a new supportive housing complex. Volunteers are being asked to assemble kitchen kits with new or gently used items on June 12. The kitchen supplies should be placed in a box or plastic bin. More information about this project can be found at stewardship.slc.gov.
“Our residents can look to SLC Corps as a venue to connect through rewarding service opportunities that align with our goals to create a stronger and more equitable city,” Mendenhall said in a news release. “This first project will benefit some of our neighbors as they settle into their very own place.”