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Val R. Christensen Service Center

Service Center Clubs and Organizations


What might you be interested in?

Below are brief descriptions of each of the clubs and organizations that fall under the umbrella of the Val R. Christensen Service Center. Please contact our program directors with any questions and/or ideas you might have.

Aggie Health

Aggie Health is a service organization which provides health-focused volunteer opportunities for students on campus and in the community. We provide service through clinics, educational opportunities, and by s upporting other health oriented organizations, projects, and events.

Director: Miles Brooks
Contact: aggiehealth@aggiemail.usu.edu

Aggie Special Olympics

Aggie Special Olympics is a part of a worldwide organization that provides year-round sports training and athletics competition in Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities. We strive to give athletes continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and share their gifts and friendship with family, friends, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

Director: Amber Bennett
Contact: specolympics@aggiemail.usu.edu

Alternative Breaks

Alternative Breaks provides an opportunity to serve new people in new locations. We balance helping people and having our own exciting adventures while cultivating a service attitude.

Director: Aubree Payne
Contact: alt.breaks@aggiemail.usu.edu
Blog: http://usualternativebreaks.blogspot.com/

Best Buddies

Best Buddies is a worldwide organization pairing students with individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities in a one-on-one friendship. Volunteers are paired with a "buddy" for the school year. They keep in close contact, hang out once a month, and attend Best Buddies USU chapter activities together.

Director: Kiri Higham

Fight the New Drug

Fight the New Drug is a national movement to educate on the harmful effects of pornography on the brain, families and society. We do assemblies for high schools, info booths, and direct service for places like the Child and Family Support Center.

Friends of the Elderly

Friends of the Elderly is a program that provides opportunities for USU students to serve elderly people in Cache Valley including weekly activities at a local senior center and an Adopt-a-Grandparent program.

Director: Abigail Christian
Contact: friendsoftheelderly@aggiemail.usu.edu

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity an organization that participates in building homes around the valley that benefit those with housing needs.

Director: Nicholas Taylor
Contact: usubabitat@aggiemail.usu.edu


PALS is a youth mentoring program in which students are matched with 6- to 16-year-olds in Cache Valley and spend time with them weekly in one-on-one activities or group events. Our mission is to be a solid role model, positive influence, friend, and support to contribute to the overall success and development of the children in Cache Valley.

Director: Sarah Farr
Contact: pals@aggiemail.usu.edu

Senior University

Senior University provides Cache Valley seniors with weekly intellectually stimulating classroom instruction in various topics, including the arts, ethics, political issues, finance, nutrition, etc.

Director: Matthew Argiro
Contact: senioru@aggiemail.usu.edu

Service-Learning Scholars

The Service-Learning Scholars program provides student with the opportunity to combine meaningful service with their academic course work and to create sustainable change in their communities, while earning a Certificate in Service-Learning.

Director: Michael Hoggard
Contact: servelearn@aggiemail.usu.edu

SNAC: Student Nutrition Access Center

The Student Nutrition Access Center (SNAC) is a program dedicated to serving USU students and the Cache Valley community. The heart of SNAC is the student food pantry, The SNAC Pantry. The pantry opened February 1, 2010 with a small group of student volunteers with a passion for serving. SNAC is entirely student organized, managed, and run. To get involved or to inquire about getting assistance from SNAC, please use the information below:

Director: Emma Archibald
Contact: snac@aggiemail.usu.edu

Spanish Ambassadors (SPAM)

Spanish Ambassadors (SPAM) is a group dedicated to serving the Spanish-speaking population in Cache Valley including translating at schools, health fairs and university events; Spanish fluency is not required.

Directors: Aaron Oborn
Contact: spam@aggiemail.usu.edu

Special Olympics Games

Special Olympics Games are hosted twice a year by USU. Volunteers are needed to keep score, time events and encourage athletes as they compete.

Director: Brittan Meacham
Contact: spec.olympics@aggiemail.usu.edu


STAR stands for Student Teaching Arithmetic and Reading. It is designed for USU students to give one-on-one tutoring in reading and math to elementary and junior high students throughout Cache Valley.

Director: Braden Thurston
Contact: star@aggiemail.usu.edu

STEP: Students Together Ending Poverty

STEP: Students Together Ending Poverty works to alleviate hunger in the state of Utah and completes projects to aid people around the world suffering from poverty.

Directors: Hannah Hodgson
Contact: step@aggiemail.usu.edu


Storytellers is dedicated to promoting literacy by reading to kids and hosting learning activities by working with local schools, libraries, and community organizations.

Director: Jennifer Dutdut
Contact: storytellers@aggiemail.usu.edu

United Campus Volunteers

United Campus Volunteers is a group for people who want to volunteer with others for community and campus service projects. In addition, they run the community hotline, recruiting volunteers to help with individual needs within Cache Valley.

Director: Caleb Carroll
Contact: ucv@aggiemail.usu.edu

Cache Valley Volunteer Center

The Cache Valley Volunteer Center was created to provide service opportunities for individuals, groups and agencies in our community and is a tool to help those who want to share volunteer opportunities. Our mission is to promote volunteerism in Cache Valley as a means of fostering increased citizen involvement in the community and enabling public and private non-profit agencies to enhance or maintain human services.

Director: Sharilee Griffiths
Website: www.cachevolunteercenter.org