9-11 Service Scavenger Hunt

The Cache Valley Volunteer Center (CVVC) 911 Service Scavenger Hunt held in commemoration of the sacrifice of those lost on 9/11/2001 will involve a minimum of 5,000 youth and adults in making a positive difference in the community through a variety of service opportunities and encouraging citizens, both local and throughout the nation, to participate in service as a commemoration of the 10th anniversary of 911.  The official scavenger hunt will begin on August 20, 2011, and will last through Setpember 20, collaborating with 50+ local non-profit  organizations, both of the local school districts, and Utah State University.  Each day will highlight a community issue, the events being held that day to address the issue, and the organizations that address that issue.   Each participant will be invited to select one or more suggested individual or group projects to complete (or to create one of their own) and then record their activities in an on-line Team Journal.  The full calendar of events, the participating organizations and events, and the official challenges can be seen at http://cachevolunteercenter.org/scavengerHunt.php.

In addition to the original part of the scavenger hunt, another element of the scavenger hunt will involve a 'scavenger hunt' to find service opportunities in the community.  The Cache Valley Volunteer Service will spend the month actively seeking out not only variouse service opportunities in our community that already exist and collaborating with them to assist them with their volunteer recruitment efforts, but also to work with existing community events to show them how serving can be incorporated into their existing events, giving people an opportunity to serve.  Our goal is to increase awareness of not only the service events that naturally provide opportuntiies to serve, but to teach our community that service can be a part of everything they do!!  A 'First Responders' project to create 'thank you' cards and posters for our local First Responders will be a big part of this as they are the main focus of the 911 service scavenger hunt as a whole. 

The last element of the 'scavenger hunt' will be inviting participants, particularly those who join after the official activities already begin and feel that they have fallen behind on the overall 'hunt', to go on their own 'scavenger hunt' to find ways that they can serve those around them and make a difference in their every day lives and living. 

This 911 service scavenger hunt will increase awareness to the many organizations we have in Cache Valley and how they are addressing critical needs in our community through service. This aspect of the scavenger hunt will go on even after the official activity is completed as the website will remain in place, providing a concise summary of the issues and the organizations that address them.  It will also encourage ongoing volunteerism among participants by providing an opportunity for the community members to explore the various issues so that they, in turn, can determine which causes and organizations they are passionate about and would like to continue to volunteer with in the future. 

Following the scavenger hunt, all youth in the program will be invited to join the CVVC Youth Service Club and continue to record their service hours, providing an ongoing record of their volunteer activities, including reflection notes, and eventually qualifying them for scholarships and other recognition, including the Presidential Service Award.

This project will be promoted through the Inter-Agency Council and other local coalitions, the local school districts, the Cache Chamber of Commerce, Utah State University, in the local newspaper and radio, and via social networking.