Open Hearts & Open Minds

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Community Partners

Service learning beyond school walls.

The Rowland Hall community often partners with the following organizations for Project Action and other volunteer efforts. Most of the below links will take you to volunteer pages, where you'll find instructions and contact information to get involved. This isn't a comprehensive list—our students also seek out organizations not listed here or develop their own projects independent of existing nonprofits.

1520 Arts
The focus of 1520 Arts is to help grow the hip hop community in Utah while providing local youth with an opportunity to develop their skills.

Best Friends Animal Society
Adoption, fundraising, and advocacy for homeless pets.

Bicycle Collective
Promoting cycling as an effective and sustainable form of transportation and as a cornerstone of a cleaner, healthier, and safer society.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake
Helping kids succeed in school, make healthy choices, and become good citizens.

The Burrito Project
Feeding the hungry and homeless in downtown Salt Lake City.

Camp Kostopulos
Charity for children and adults with disabilities featuring ropes course, horseback riding, swimming, fishing, and summer camps.

The Children's Center
Providing mental health resources to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, and their families.

Clark Planetarium
The mission of Clark Planetarium is to inspire and engage curious minds by connecting people to the wonder of the universe. For more than 50 years, Clark Planetarium has been Salt Lake’s go-to destination for visitors of all ages who want to discover and learn about space and science.

Clever Octopus
This Salt Lake City nonprofit helps people find discount art supplies through the resale of thrifted arts and crafts materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill. They also offer affordable community classes on a variety of art and science topics.

Cottonwood Canyons Foundation
Improves the environments of Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons through education and stewardship programs.

Crossroads Urban Center
A nonprofit, grassroots organization that assists and organizes Utahns with low incomes, those with disabilities, and people of color to meet basic survival needs and to address essential issues affecting quality of life.

Fisher House at the Veterans Affairs Salt Lake City Health Care System
Provides free housing for military veterans’ families while loved ones receive medical treatment.

The Good Samaritan Program at the Cathedral of the Madeleine
Provides assistance to the poor and needy.

International Rescue Committee Salt Lake City
Provides opportunities for refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, and other immigrants to thrive in America.

Jordan River Commission
A public agency that facilitates regional cooperation to implement the Blueprint Jordan River, serves as a technical resource for the Jordan River Parkway and adjacent communities, and provides a forum for coordination of recreation, conservation, restoration, and responsible riverfront development.

A clearing house of volunteer opportunities searchable by zip code.

Natural History Museum of Utah
Illuminates the natural world and the place of humans within it in the context of the extraordinary landscape of Utah.
National Ability Center in Park CityEmpowers individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence, and lifetime skills through sport, recreation, and educational programs.

Neighborhood House
Provides quality, affordable day care and support services to children and adults, based on ability to pay.

Primary Children's Hospital
A nonprofit, free-standing children's hospital providing quality healthcare for children with complex illnesses and injuries from across the US. There are plenty of in-kind donation needs at Primary Children’s Hospital that classes or families can do as group projects.

Project Linus
A blanket-making service organization that donates blankets to a number of organizations across Utah. Patterns are simple enough for younger children to follow with a little help

Red Butte Garden
One of the largest botanical gardens in the Intermountain West. Together with the University of Utah, Red Butte Garden is the State Arboretum of Utah.
The Road Home
Provides programs and services to community members working to overcome homelessness.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area
Helps families with sick or terminally ill children.

The Sharing Place
Provides grief support for children.

Provides outdoor adventures for people of any age and ability.

Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter
A nature preserve and Utah State University Distance Education site located in Snyderville Basin near Park City, Utah. Swaner encompasses a 1,200-acre wildlife refuge, a 10,000-square-foot state-of-the-art environmental education facility, a 100-acre farm, and 10 miles of trails.

Tracy Aviary
Inspires curiosity and caring for birds and nature through education and conservation.

United Way Salt Lake
Focuses on the elimination of racial and economic disparity gaps in education and health outcomes. The United Way volunteer page has a number of opportunities and in-kind donation needs.

Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy
Exists to promote respect and understanding between the people of Utah and other nations. Citizen diplomacy is the concept that every individual has the right, even the responsibility, to help shape US foreign relations one handshake at a time.

Utah Film Center
Connects people, stories, and ideas through film, artist support, and media arts education. By amplifying diverse perspectives in Utah through the medium of film, Utah Film Center helps set the scene for a richer understanding of our neighbors, fellow human beings, and the world around us.

Utah Food Bank
Fights hunger statewide.

Utah Recycling Alliance
Empowers people, organizations, and communities statewide to create a zero-waste culture by building successful models and encouraging practices that promote reuse, recycling, and resource conservation.

Utah Society for Environmental Education
As the Utah affiliate of the North American Association for Environmental Education, USEE works with all Utahns, including teachers, administrators, nonprofit personnel, government and agency personnel, business and industry representatives, and private citizens to bring sound environmental education to all Utahns.

University of Utah University Neighborhood Partners (UNP) Hartland Partnership Center
Offers English language instruction, mental health support, citizenship classes, employment workshops, after-school and summer programs, and educational resources to the community.

Volunteers of America Utah
Addresses homelessness, substance abuse, mental illness, and domestic violence.

Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources & the Environment
Named after a Pulitzer Prize–winning author and conservationist, the Stegner Center offers one of the top-10 environmental and natural resources law programs in the United States.

Wasatch Community Gardens
Empowers people of all ages and incomes to grow and eat healthy, organic, local food.

Wheeler Farm
Provides many opportunities to help a working farm: painting, moving limbs, sweeping, raking leaves, feeding animals, and cleaning pens. Email David Wood ’05, outdoor programs coordinator, at for current opportunities.

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