Communities and democracy require us to be vigilant stewards of the values, institutions, and organizations that we have built as residents. We promote civic responsibility as a way of ensuring our vision that every Utahn embraces democratic values to make our communities strong. We strive to promote the character and leadership traits necessary to protect our treasured institutions and strengthen our communities. We’re a widely-respected advocate for the community, leading grassroots campaigns, and influencing public policy to affect positive change alongside our neighbors.
Community beautification is the responsibility of each of us. We each have a civic responsibility to keep our communities clean and beautiful. Simple projects range from planting some pretty flowers or shrubs to painting planters, benches, signposts, or creating public artwork. Living in a clean and beautiful community is one of the quickest ways to inspire more community spirit, socializing, and action.
A visually appealing community increases property values, attracts businesses, and improves the neighborhood's image. Beauty is one of the three most influential factors in community attachment, which means loyalty, to your community or neighborhood. Some research even shows that a nice-looking neighborhood promotes good behavior.
We provide assistance in the form of training and technical assistance, financial support, and capacity development to support these projects. We work to promote community beautification by supporting the development of initiatives designed to tackle issues such as:
Litter is more than just a blight on our landscape. Litter is costly to clean up, impacts our quality of life and economic development, and eventually ends up in our waterways. We are as committed as ever to providing people with the resources to help prevent litter with the ultimate goal of helping to end littering in Utah.
Improve Recycling Systems
By educating and engaging individuals to recycle more of the right things the right way—at home, at work and on-the-go—we can help make recycling more economically viable, creating jobs and providing recyclables to manufacture new products and packaging, while continuing to reap greater environmental and community benefits.
Community Beautification Projects
We work with volunteers on beautification and greening programs that impact more communities throughout the state. Our actions lead to native species plantings, sustainable community gardens including fruit and vegetable gardens, tree plantings, urban forestry, vacant lot transformation, graffiti abatement, fighting blight, and more– all of which results in positive, lasting impact in communities throughout Utah.
Immunization is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself, your family, and our community from infectious diseases. Vaccine-preventable diseases can be very serious, may require hospitalization, or even be deadly – especially in infants and young children. These diseases hurt our most vulnerable neighbors – including kids, older people, and people with disabilities.
Vaccinating and immunizing is more than a way to promote lifelong health – it is our civic responsibility. We owe it to the people who we share our communities with the ensure that each of us receives the vaccinations that are available.
For more than 50 years, immunization has saved more than a billion lives and prevented countless illnesses and disabilities in the United States. Vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough, are still a threat. They continue to infect U.S. children, resulting in hospitalizations and deaths every year.
We don’t vaccinate just to protect our children. We also vaccinate to protect our grandchildren and their grandchildren. Our kids don’t have to get smallpox shots any more because the disease no longer exists. Smallpox is now only a memory, and if we keep vaccinating against other diseases, the same will someday be true for other diseases. Vaccinations are one of the best ways to show our neighbors that we care about them and our community’s health.
Each of us has a responsibility to our neighbors to participate in our democracy. Our participation is incredibly important to the success of our neighborhoods and communities. When we participate in civic institutions, we ensure and uphold the democratic values that define our character as a nation. Each of us is an important voice in our democracy and participation is a way for us to express our dynamism and individualism.
The values that our participation reinforces include community, the rule of law, shared growth, self-restraint, and self-respect. Schools teach civic responsibility to students with the goal to produce responsible citizens and active participants in community and government.
We're working to engage Utahns in the institutions of our democracy. Our mobilization and turnout efforts are driven by evidence and ongoing research. We utilize this information to engage our neighbors, friends, and loved ones in the democratic processes that make our communities home. Participation - including voting - is an extremely important way of reinforcing our commitment to one another.