Utah Cares

Utah Public Radio partners with the Utah Nonprofits Association and KCPW to produce short radio spots demonstrating the positive impacts of local nonprofit organizations. This exciting effort is designed to help increase the visibility of nonprofits across the state and to inspire people to give generously to area charitable organizations and community groups that are so essential to the health and well-being of our state.

Utah Cares airs in February, June, September and December of each year, with eight nonprofit organizations being featured each round. Organizations that submit a story idea but are not selected for the current cycle are encouraged to reapply.

Click here for more information on how to submit your organization.



Utah Cares
4:42 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Utah Foster Care Foundation

Serving Utah’s Children in Foster Care by Finding, Educating, and Supporting Families to Care for Children of All Ages

After five years of marriage, Maureen Killila and her husband made the decision to become foster parents. Ultimately adopting two children who have enriched their lives immeasurably, they have become strong advocates for the Utah Foster Care Foundation.


Utah Cares
4:35 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Salt Lake American Muslim

Helping Those Who Need It Most and Celebrating Cultural Diversity

Providing critical social services to Middle Eastern refugees who have fled their war-torn countries, Salt Lake American Muslim helps immigrants find new opportunities in the Salt Lake Valley. Program facilitators like Shaymaa Al Dujaili help pave the way, serving as leaders within their respective ethnic communities.


Utah Cares
4:56 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

One Wish, Inc.

Granting Wishes to Cache Valley Adults Who Are Facing Terminal Illness

Modeled after the Make-A-Wish foundation, One Wish, Inc. was established in 2011 to grant wishes to Cache Valley adults facing terminal illness. Cofounders Shellie Pardoe and Robyn Nelson oversee the organization’s  board.


Utah Cares
4:50 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Habitat for Humanity of Utah County

Volunteers Building Hope by Building Homes

Habitat for Humanity of Utah County provides “a hand up” for families in need of affordable housing. Allison Fullmer’s family will move into their new home later this month, greatly benefiting her youngest son, who has chronic medical needs.


Utah Cares
4:39 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Friends of the Salt Lake County Children's Justice Center, Inc.

Leading the Nation in Addressing Child Abuse...”Where Small Voices Can Be Heard”

The Friends of the Salt Lake County Children’s Justice Center plays a critical role in raising funds to help shepherd child victims of crime through the legal system. Susanne Mitchell is the CJC’s program director.


Utah Cares
4:34 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Friends of Cache Cadets

Supporting Cache Cadets in their Civil Air Patrol Service

The Friends of Cache Cadets supports the Cache Valley Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol in funding leadership programming and training opportunities for youth. Shara Swan is the organization’s chair.


Utah Cares
3:18 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Thayne Center for Service & Learning at Salt Lake Community College

Developing Service-Learning and Leadership Opportunities to Help Faculty and Students Change the World

The Thayne Center for Service & Learning at Salt Lake Community College creates hands-on learning opportunities for faculty and students, with participants contributing over 135,000 community service hours each year. Sean Crossland serves as the center’s Community Partnerships Coordinator.


Utah Cares
3:13 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Spy Hop Productions

Empowering Youth through Multimedia

Spy Hop Productions empowers youth through multimedia, helping teenagers in metro Salt Lake City express themselves, find their voices and tell their stories. Instructor Adam Sherlock appreciates how Spy Hop’s “Sending Messages” program benefits incarcerated youth like “K.O.”


Utah Cares
10:08 am
Wed February 8, 2012

The Mundi Project

Love of Piano in Our World

Fourteen year-old Olivia Tedder is the beneficiary of a piano donated to her family by the Mundi Project. Program founder Hana Janatova is a first generation American whose parents immigrated from the Czech Republic, bringing with them and sharing the gift of music.


Utah Cares
10:01 am
Wed February 8, 2012

NAMI Utah—Utah County Chapter

Utah’s Voice on Mental Illness

After learning of her son’s diagnosis with a mental illness, Tonya Edvalson found NAMI Utah on a Google search. Having benefited from the organization’s services, Tonya now offers support to others as a NAMI Basics instructor.