Utah Cares – February 2012

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.

KCPW will air “Utah Cares” February 6 through February 17.  You can hear it at 8:20 during Morning Edition, at 11:40 during On Point, at 1:30 during Fresh Air, and at 5:20 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.”

 5 Star Legacy Foundation

The Efforts of Many Can Change Everything…

The 5 Star Legacy Foundation is a “boots on the ground” organization, changing lives around the world through education, humanitarian service and charitable giving. Mark Comer is the foundation’s hands-on director.

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Cache Valley Autism Support Group

Resources and Support for Cache Valley’s Autism Community

As an advocate for autism awareness and the parent of an autistic child, Jill Drysdale’s efforts on her son’s behalf have been both difficult and rewarding. Now, Jill reaches out to others, coordinating the Cache Valley Autism Support Group and rallying for essential treatment services.

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English Language Center of Cache Valley, Inc.

Teaching All Nationalities

Established in 1999, the English Language Center of Cache Valley has become a model for ESL programming throughout Northern Utah, serving over 1,000 students annually from 94 countries around the world. Ronda Kingsford is the Center’s co-director.

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Logan Regional Hospital Foundation

Bringing Healing Home

Once Logan Regional Hospital’s new catheter labs are fully operational, patients like Rod Meppen will no longer need to be transported outside of Cache Valley for heart surgery.  As chair of the Logan Regional Hospital Foundation, Pam Allen is working to raise critical project funding.

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The Mundi Project

Love of Piano in Our World

Fourteen year-old Olivia Tedder is the beneficiary of a piano donated to her family by the Mundi Project. Program founder Hana Janatova is a first generation American whose parents immigrated from the Czech Republic, bringing with them and sharing the gift of music.

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NAMI Utah—Utah County Chapter

Utah’s Voice on Mental Illness

After learning of her son’s diagnosis with a mental illness, Tonya Edvalson found NAMI Utah on a Google search. Having benefitted from the organization’s services, Tonya now offers support to others as a NAMI Basics instructor.

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Spy Hop Productions

Empowering Youth through Multimedia

Spy Hop Productions empowers youth through multimedia, helping teenagers in metro Salt Lake City express themselves, find their voices and tell their stories. Instructor Adam Sherlock appreciates how Spy Hop’s “Sending Messages” program benefits incarcerated youth like “K.O.”

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Thayne Center for Service & Learning at Salt Lake Community College

Developing Service-Learning and Leadership Opportunities to Help Faculty and Students Change the World

The Thayne Center for Service & Learning at Salt Lake Community College creates hands-on learning opportunities for faculty and students, with participants contributing over 135,000 community service hours each year. Sean Crossland serves as the center’s Community Partnerships Coordinator.

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