Community Engagement Day 2016 – Thursday, April 14

Activities will be held inside the Union due to rain.


Other Engagement Opportunities




Union: 10 AM – 2 PM 

Knitting Necessities

Join the Bennion Center staff and students on Community Engagement Day to learn how you can make a difference by knitting a  hat for a newborn baby in under an hour.  No knitting experience is necessary. Completed hats will be donated to Primary Children’s Medical Center and the Road Home.

Contact: Bryce Williams, 801-581-8436

Hair Cuts for a Cause

The Union Programming Council will have an hair cut station set up.  Pay what you can for the haircut and all money will be donated to the Women Resource Center Emergency Fund.

Contact: Ashlee Christofferson,

What U Can Do!

Make a donation of food or money to the FeedU pantry and spin the wheel for a chance to enter the University Credit Union money booth!  Get info about volunteer opportunities on and off campus.

Presidential Ambassadors

On Community Engagement Day, the Presidential Ambassadors will be facilitating a blanket-tying station. Attendees will have the opportunity to tie toddler-sized fleece blankets to benefit the University of Utah child-care program. The Ambassadors will also be taking attendees on a tour of the FeedU food pantry to raise awareness of food insecurity on campus.

Contant: Tuscan Thompson & Madeline Rencher, 

Health Services Table

Health Services Table – Stop by to learn about the services available on campus and to the community through the Student Health Clinic and  4th Street Clinic.  Also receive information about University of Utah Health Care.  Between 10 and noon medical students will be available to provide free health screenings such as blood pressure or heart rate.

Representatives will also be present from The Utah Food Bank, Catholic Community Services, University Credit Union, and the Arts and Advocacy Block U Class.

Contact: Kristen Peko, 

NMHU & Headstart

The Natural History Museum of Utah is Proud to partner with the Salt Lake Community Action Program & Head Start in this years Community Engagement Day efforts. As part of this partnership, the Salt Lake Community Action Program & Head Start, and the the Natural History Museum of Utah will focus on providing educational pathway support for kids through basic educational resources like books, crayons, scissors… etc. (see full list below). Our hope in this work is to both support kids and parents alike.

The reality is that even the seemingly small things that support children through their educational pathways often have an indirect benefit for their parents. Perhaps it is the parent who, in having to focus extremely limited resources on their children’s school supplies, can now more easily afford that textbook for a night course, or a graphing calculator for a final exam. This reciprocal benefit is only possible through community engagement and support. Please consider donating new and lightly used items from the list below.

Contact: Matt Whittaker,

  • Materials (new if possible):
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Colored Pencils
  • Scissors (kids and adults)
  • Small white boards
  • Backpacks
  • Binders
  • Folders
  • Books (for kids… in Spanish where possible) about the following:
  • Trees
  • Chairs
  • Clothes
  • Flowers
  • Roads
  • Kindergarten
  • Music
  • Exercise
  • Colors
  • Alphabet
  • Numbers
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables

Representatives will also be present from The Utah Food Bank, Catholic Community Services, University Credit Union, and the Arts and Advocacy Block U Class.

Marriott Library: Hygiene Supplies for the Road Home


Marriott Library East and West Entrances


The Marriott Library is participating in the Community Engagement Day on April 14, 2016. This year they will collect personal hygiene supplies for the homeless. Collection boxes will be at the East and West entrances of the library from March 14 through April 13th. On April 14, 2016 at the Union Plaza the packages will be assembled by volunteers. Your participation is encouraged.


Suggested donations include the following items:


Tooth brush


Bar Soap



Kleenex Travel Packs

Hand Sanitizers

Travel Combs

New Socks



Shaving cream (male and female)

Disposable razors



Feminine hygiene products

Hair brush


Contact: April Love:  or Twanna Hodge:


Other Engagement Opportunities

Legal Services

S.J. Quinney College of Law’s Pro Bono Initiative will have two fellows who will table and provide information about legal clinics and legal services available to homeless and indigent clients in the valley.


U Recycle Day 3-in-1 Collection: E-Waste, Paper Shredding & Food Drive

Rice Eccles Stadium Parking Lot 8 AM – 12 PM

Drop off your electronics and personal documents for recycling and donate food to the Feed U food pantry  at the University of Utah Rice-Eccles Stadium parking.

Sponsored by University of Utah Sustainability, University of Utah Staff Council, Salt Lake County Health Department, Samsung, and the University Federal Credit Union.

Hinckley Forum on Homelessness

Hinckley Caucus Room, OSH 12 PM – 1 PM

The College of Social and Behavioral Science Ambassadors will be hosting a forum on homelessness in the community with the Director of Basic Needs Services, Dennis Kelsch, and a current Catholic Community Services employee who was previously homeless. They will speak to the stigma of being homeless, resources that the community provides, and ways students can help.