#LightTheWorld - 2018 Giving Machines

The Utah Refugee Connection was selected as a recipient charity of the Giving Machines at Temple Square. The machines opened on November 28th and will remain open through the Christmas season. As you participate in holiday activities or shopping downtown, stop by to support The Utah Refugee Connection by purchasing an item for a refugee who is rebuilding their life in Utah. The Giving Machines are located in the lobby of the Joseph Smith Memorial building.


Ends December 31st


7:00am - 9pm


15 E S Temple
Salt Lake City,
Utah 84150

Get Involved

Service Project

Perfect for workplaces, schools, neighborhoods, or anyone who wants to make an impact. Pick out a kit from our 'Give' page and organize efforts to get the items donated, assembled, and delivered.

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Eagle Scout Project

We love working with Eagle Scout candidates. To start a project, please review and print the PDF below and then call 385-831-0648 with any questions. Per the request of Boy Scouts of America, Scouts must call and organize their own project. Please have a parent or scout leader present when you call.

Call 385-831-0648 Download Printable List Application

Preschool Helpers

Granite School District’s preschools are looking for volunteers. These "classroom helpers" assist teachers and help engage the littlest learners to prepare them for kindergarten. Enjoy opportunities to read, practice skills, and play. Volunteer shifts are Monday–Friday from 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Weekly commitment required. Contact Nate Barnes for more information.

Call 385-646-4672

Know Your Neighbor

Mentor with the Know Your Neighbor program run by the SLC Mayor’s office. There are three different opportunities within this program: family mentoring, skills share, and program volunteers.

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Catholic Community Services Youth Mentoring Program

Assist refugee youth in the Salt Lake Valley and Ogden areas by helping them form lasting friendships with caring, positive adult role models who help them adjust to their new lives and learn about the community. Mentors must be 21 years old and commit to eight hours per month for 12 months. Contact Brittany Moulton for more information.

Call 801-428-1303

Tutoring at the Tumaini Welcome & Transition Center

Granite School District's Tumaini Welcome and Transition Center helps newcomer students successfully transition into their new schools. Participants receive an intensive two-week instructional program focusing on academic and social skills in English. The curriculum includes: oral language, school culture, literacy, numeracy, computers, and collaborative learning.


Tutor Refugee Kids

Many refugee children need help catching up in school. This is one hour per week commitment through Granite School District. Please contact Essen Skabelund an AmeriCorps VISTA at Woodrow Wilson Elementary.

Call 385-646-1090

New Ways to Get Involved

Check back periodically. These opportunities will change according to needs in the local refugee community. If you are a refugee provider and are interested in adding an opportunity, email us at the address below.

Refugee Unaccompanied Minor Foster Care Breakfast/Orientation

Join CCS as they introduce you to refugee foster children and the opportunity to have them in your homes.

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Call our coordinator 801-871-5903