Utah Cares – February 2011

KCPW, the Utah Nonprofits Association, and Utah Public Radio are partnering to spotlight the positive impacts of local nonprofit organizations.

Utah Caresfeatures a series of stories from diversified nonprofits in an effort to increase the visibility of nonprofits across the state, and to inspire people to give to organizations and community groups that are essential to the health and well-being of Utah.  It is sponsored by Lewiston State Bank.

KCPW will air “Utah Cares” February 7 through 18.  You can hear it at 8:19 during Morning Edition, at 12:38 during The Story, at 2:30 during BBC Newshour, and at 4:50 during All Things Considered.

If you would like to hear your organization featured on future episodes of “Utah Cares” please fill out the application.

Special thanks to Jennifer S. Christensen for producing “Utah Cares.”

Eye Care 4 Kids

“Our Vision… is Their Vision.” Providing Professional Eye Care to Visually-Impaired Children in Need

Now in its tenth year of service, Eye Care 4 Kids has given nearly 20,000   low-income and underserved children in Utah the gift of vision, providing them with professional eyecare and glasses at minimal cost. Joseph Carbone co-founded the organization to help Utah’s visually-impaired children SEE MORE in life.

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National MS Society, Utah-Southern Idaho Chapter

Moving Together Toward a World Free of Multiple Sclerosis

When Alyssa Audd was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 21, she was determined to rise above the challenges of her affliction. Having worked for the National MS Society for six years, she now inspires others as a motivational speaker.

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New Frontiers for Families

Empowering Families to Succeed

New Frontiers for Families provides residents of rural and frontier Utah with community-based social and medical services so they don’t have to travel. Tracy Johnson, the network’s Executive Director, founded the organization after her seventh child, Payton, was born with Down Syndrome.

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Norwegian Outdoor Exploration Center

Helping Children Find Balance in Life through Nature

The Norwegian term Friluftsliv“free-air-life” characterizes the Norwegian outdoor spirit.  Tom Cammermeyer, founder of the Norgwegian Outdoor Exploration Center in Park City, shares this philosophy with Utahns of all ages—especially schoolchildren in Summit County.

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Ogden Nature Center

Uniting People and Nature…

As a first grade teacher, Bonnie Rembacz enjoyed taking classroom field trips to the Ogden Nature Center. As a grandmother, she loves sharing “Hudson Wednesdays” at the Center with her five-year-old grandson.

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Utah Afterschool Network

Working to Ensure That Every Child in Utah Has Access to High Quality and Affordable Afterschool Programs

The Utah Afterschool Network supports the development and sustainability of Utah’s afterschool programs, serving thousands of children around the state. Bobbie Ikegami,an Afterschool Program Mentor, is both an employee of the organization and a parent participant.

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Utah Health and Human Rights Project

Promoting the Health, Dignity and Self-Sufficiency of Refugees, Asylees and Immigrants Who Have Endured Severe Human Rights Abuses; Including Torture, War-Related Trauma and Human Trafficking

Every year, more than 1,000 refugees are resettled in Utah, with 50,000-plus now calling the Beehive State home. The Utah Health and Human Rights Project provides specialized services for the thousands among them who are survivors of torture, war-related trauma and human trafficking. Dr. Mara Rabin serves as the agency’s Medical Director.

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Youthlinc

Creating Lifetime Humanitarians by Offering Students and Mentors Local and International Service Experiences

Youthlinc was established in 1999 to involve Utah’s young people in meaningful humanitarian service. Judy Zone, the program’s Founder and Executive Director, is inspired by the lifelong culture of caring the program fosters in its participants.

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