This June will mark my families third year in the wonderful state of Utah, and the town of Park City.  I reluctantly moved here I have to say, but now I love it!   It has been such a blessing to live in this vibrant community filled with outdoor activities and wonderful people.

What are some of Utah’s greatest assets? Just check out the video above to find out. We have a very impressive state- between our National Parks, our world renowned ski areas, golf, biking, hiking, rafting, entertainment… You get the idea! But what makes Utah the great state this it is, is the outstanding level of community involvement and charitable giving.

A recent article published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy  said that Utah is the number one state for charitable giving in the US. Utah families claimed charitable contributions totaling 10.6 percent of their discretionary income. That is 3.5 percentage points ahead of the nearest rival, Mississippi, at 7.2 percent of discretionary income. Utah is also the number one state in the US for volunteering. According to the same report, 45% of Utah residents volunteered in 2008! Yes of course this has much,  much to do with the Mormon Church, but it applies more generally as well.

Our family has taken part in many community events such as the Live PC Give PC day which is a one­‐day virtual event that encourages the community to contribute to local nonprofit organizations through a single online giving platform. Last year summit county raised $595,642 in one day! We also participated in the Hike for Hunger organized by the Park City Christian Center , which is a family event that helps to reduce hungry both locally and globally. My husband and I are honored to serve on their board.  Their thrift store rocks! All counted there are  close to 150 non-profit groups operating in this region.

The reasons for this being todays blog is that March 22nd is LoveUT GiveUT day which marks a day of of unprecedented giving to support the organizations that make Utah special. So how can you get involved with this awesome event? Visit the LoveUT GiveUT webpage- Check out the list of nonprofits participating in the day of giving. Choose the nonprofit that aligns with your values or interests and DONATE! Its a 24-hour event so don’t miss out on your chance to make a difference in your community.

Join the conversation and spread the word on Facebook and Twitter @LoveUTGiveUT and use the #LoveUTGiveUT  hashtag to let your friends know that you are participating!

If you have not yet visited Utah add it to your list.  Whether it be to ski in the winter or hike in the summer, you will not be disappointed.


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