Bryan Hawker’s Top 10 Utah Charities

Bryan Hawker believes in giving back to his community and helping those less fortunate. Utah has a lot of great charities that do a lot of good for their community. Bryan encourages everyone to get involved by donating either time or funds to charity. It doesn’t matter how much you can afford or how much time you give. If we all give a little of ourselves we can continue to make Utah the greatest state to live in!

  1. Make-a-Wish Utah

Being a father himself, Bryan Hawker has a special place in his heart for children. Every 34 minutes Make-A-Wish® grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States. They believe that a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides everything they do. It inspires them to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids they serve.

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  1. Rescue Mission

Another issue important to Bryan Hawker is homelessness. Operating since 1972, the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake takes care of Utah’s most vulnerable populations in two major ways: emergency services and addiction recovery. Emergency services include day and night shelter for people who are homeless, three hot meals a day, showers, clothing, laundry facilities and employment counseling – all for free. For those who are struggling in our community, they also offer family food boxes, each of which provides 20 meals, and sack lunches to take to work.

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  1. Utah Community Action

Everyone wants to be self-sufficient and stand on their own two feet, but sometimes they fall on hard times and need a little help. Bryan Hawker likes Utah Community Action, because they help individuals and families overcome barriers to self-sufficiency. Utah Community Action helps remove these barriers through six core programs.

To find and implement the best solutions to poverty, Utah Community Action frequently works with community members and organizations like the following:

  • Interns from the Department of Workforce Services
  • Senior workers from SCSEP
  • Courts that assign community service
  • Service-learning students
  • Volunteers

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  1. Food & Care Coalition

Another issue very important to Bryan Hawker is feeding the hungry in our community. The mission of the Food & Care Coalition is to alleviate hunger and diminish the plights of poverty for those who enter their doors. Their primary objectives include finding suitable housing, teaching financial accountability, facilitating an elevation in personal morals and values, and helping each patron achieve their full potential.

They believe in the inherent worth of people and embrace the philosophy that trusting relationships between patron, staff, and volunteer are vital in realizing this end. In order to succeed, charity and compassion from the community must be met by accountability and a personal desire to learn and grow by those served. The Food & Care Coalition by design, offers daily opportunities for the community to support, influence and participate both in the policy making and operation of agency programs to meet these objectives.

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  1. Utah Food Bank

Founded in 1904, Utah Food Bank has operated under various names but has always remained true to their mission of Fighting Hunger Statewide. 392,000 Utahns, which equates to 1 in 8 Utahns, are at risk of missing a meal today. Even more alarming is that 1 in 6 Utah kids are unsure where their next meal is coming from. With your support last year, they distributed 39.2 million pounds of food, the equivalent of 32.7 million meals, to people facing hunger across the state.

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  1. The Road Home

The mission of The Road Home is to help people step out of homelessness and back into our community. The Road Home is a private non-profit social services agency that assists individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Salt Lake County and along the Wasatch Front. The Road Home provides multiple services to help people overcome homelessness. Bryan Hawker likes this charity because of their vision to eliminate poverty and homelessness in our community. He also respects their core values of equal treatment, compassion, respect and dignity.

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  1. United Way of Northern Utah

The United Way unites people and organizations to build a healthy, stable, and well-educated community where individuals, families, and neighborhoods thrive. They work to create meaningful, lasting change for every individual in Northern Utah. Their programs and services focus on the health, education, and financial stability of their community members. Each of their programs supports one of our main focus areas:

  • Preparing children to learn
  • Helping kids succeed in school
  • Supporting families in need

What impresses Bryan Hawker the most about the United Way is their commitment to the education of youth in the community. They strive to make sure the youth have the tools they need to succeed in school. Their philosophy is that if they ensure the youth of today get the education they need then they will be equipped to give back to their communities in the future.

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  1. Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. Bryan Hawker is so impressed with the Salvation because of the good they do in the Salt Lake City area and the volunteer force who give of their time to help the needy. The Salvation Army feeds an average of 156,000 every year in Salt Lake City. They also provide financial assistance to those struggling to make ends meet. They also support kids’ education opportunities through a variety of programs. They are also there for disaster survivors through emergency preparedness, immediate emergency response, long-term disaster recovery and spiritual and emotional care.

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  1. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

We all know how expensive healthcare is. Bryan Hawker loves this charity because they help take the financial stress of parents so their children can get the urgent medical attention they need. The mission of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is to increase funds and awareness for Primary Children’s Hospital and other Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. More than 10 million kids enter a children’s hospital like Primary Children’s Hospital across North America every year. To provide the best care for kids, children’s hospitals rely on donations and community support, as Medicaid and insurance programs do not fully cover the cost of care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has helped fill those funding gaps by raising more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through Miracle Balloon icon campaigns. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

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  1. Utah Red Cross

No charity list is complete without mentioning the Red Cross. The importance of the Red Cross cannot be overstated. It is an organization that takes pride in helping others no matter where they are located, regardless of race or religion. They are a humanitarian organization who provides the basic necessities to people when they have nowhere else to turn. Without them, many people would die from circumstances which are out of their control. Red Cross volunteers are located throughout the U.S. However, their work is not limited to the states. The people who work with them often travel to other countries to help those in need.

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