Highlights: Lowell Bennion Community Service Center

The Lowell Bennion Center, now entering its 27th year of operation, fosters lifelong service and civic participation by engaging the University with the greater community in action, change and learning.

In recent years over 7,000 U students have participated annually in a wide array of Bennion Center opportunities, including living in the Service House; working towards the prestigious "Service Learning Scholar" designation; taking service learning courses from U faculty; enjoying an alternative break service trip; helping with a one-time service project; or giving of their time weekly…for no pay and no academic credit…in as part of an ongoing student-directed program in our community.

Private gifts to the Bennion Center made during the Campaign have allowed continuation and growth of 40+ community service programs, executed every academic year in concert with community partner agencies. The programs are staffed by U of U student volunteers who collectively provide thousands of hours of volunteer work in our community. Private gifts have also supported growth in Saturday Service projects held each month of the school year, including the "Legacy of Lowell" day of service, held each September, which has become the kickoff to U of U Homecoming, and which involves 800+ students, faculty, and community volunteers. The concept of U of U students using their fall and spring break periods as time for travel together, and the opportunity to engage in a week of service as a group at an interesting new location, has truly caught on over the past three years. The Bennion Center now offers both fall and spring alternative break trips. Students form new friendships, learn intensively about a particular issue area, tackle problems, generate solutions, and learn leadership skills during these great weeklong adventures.