Open Hearts & Open Minds

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Community Partners

Service-learning beyond school walls.

The Rowland Hall community often partners with 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 needed 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–Utah
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, horse riding, swimming, fishing, and summer camps

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

Clark Planetarium
Our mission 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
Our nonprofit, located in Salt Lake City, helps you find discount art supplies through the resale of thrifted arts & crafts materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill. We also offer affordable community classes on a variety of art and science topics.

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

Crossroads Urban Center
Crossroads Urban Center is 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
The Jordan River Commission is 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.

Just Serve is a clearing house of volunteer opportunities searchable by zip code.

National Ability Center in Park City
Empowering individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence, and lifetime skills through sport, recreation, and educational programs

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

Primary Children's Hospital
There are plenty of in-kind donation needs at Primary Children’s Hospital that classes or families could do as a group project.

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

Red Butte Garden
Red Butte Garden is one of the largest botanical gardens in the Intermountain West and together with the University of Utah, is the State Arboretum of Utah.

The Road Home
Providing programs and services to community members working to overcome homelessness

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

The Sharing Place
Grief support for children

Providing outdoor adventures for people of any age and ability

Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter
The Swaner EcoCenter is 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
Tracy Aviary inspires curiosity and caring for birds and nature through education and conservation.

United Way Salt Lake
The United Way volunteer page has a number of opportunities and in-kind donation needs.

Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy
UCCD 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 U.S. foreign relations one handshake at a time.

Utah Film Center
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, we help set the scene for a richer understanding of our neighbors, fellow human beings, and the world around us.

Utah Food Bank
Fighting hunger

Utah Natural History Museum
The Museum’s mission is to illuminate the natural world and the place of humans within it, and we do this in the context of the extraordinary landscape of Utah.

Utah Recycling Alliance
The 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
The Utah Society for Environmental Education (USEE), is 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
Offering English language instruction, mental health support, citizenship classes, employment workshops, afterschool and summer programs, and educational resources to the community

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

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

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

Wheeler Farm
Many opportunities to help around the working farm. Painting, moving limbs, sweeping, raking leaves, feeding animals, and cleaning pens. Email David Wood ’05, Outdoor Programs Coordinator, directly at for current opportunities.

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