From homebuying resources to community gardens to adult recreation programs, our intern Angela Tran has rounded up the best of Salt Lake County's cheap-and/or-free resources that you should be taking advantage of NOW.
1. NeighborWorks Salt Lake (all incomes)
NeighborWorks Salt Lake is a non-profit that focuses on comprehensive neighborhood revitalization in Salt Lake County by helping people buy homes, fix homes, and get involved in their community.
A helpful resource for residents is their Paint Your Heart Out event that is held every August. Paint Your Heart Out brings volunteers together to paint homes for the elderly, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and households with limited- or fixed-income.
Additionally, their Westside Leadership Institute helps silent community leaders gain the tools, skills, and resources to make change in their neighborhoods.
2. Utah Community Action (households with limited incomes)
Utah Community Action is a multi-faceted agency that helps low-income residents be self-sufficient. One of the programs they offer is Head Start, which is a key player to prepare children for school and provides basic medical attention. Not only that, this agency help individuals:
3. Neighborhood House (households with limited incomes)
The organization’s aim is to provide quality, affordable daycare and support services for children and adults. For children, there are programs that help maximize their learning ability and potential. As for youths, there is a safe and fun place for them to go to while they are not in school. Lastly, for the adults there is supervised emotional, cognitive, physical, and social/spiritual care for those in need. To find out more information, here is a link: https://www.nhutah.org/
4. Wasatch Community Gardens (all incomes)
The mission is “to empower people of all ages and incomes to grow and eat healthy, organic, local food.” Wasatch Community Gardens have been around since 1989 to improve the quality of our community food. People can come together to learn how to:
5. AAA Fair Credit Foundation (all incomes)
A non-profit organization dedicated to help each of us as consumers to take control of our financial well-being. There are programs and services which provide:
6. Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA)
As the world is changing, family needs change and our individual roles change, YWCA has been respondent to the needs and aspirations of local women.
By bettering the lives for all women, families and communities will be stronger. The non-profit organization offers programs to improve the well-being of women in Utah through safety, opportunity, and advocacy. There are lots of great resources on their website.
7. Salt Lake County Parks & Recreation (all incomes)
Along with living in busy cities, there are various of recreation centers found throughout Salt Lake County. These recreation centers are a great place for people of all ages to play, enjoy themselves, and meet others in the community.
At these recreation centers there are sporting supplies available for use, fitness equipment, child care, playgrounds, swimming pools, classes, and clinics. Not only that, there are events that occur each month for the recreational centers. Following this paragraph is a link to a general website to find recreational resource: https://slco.org/parks-recreation/
8. Salt Lake County Community Services (all incomes)
Looking for something fun for the family and friends?
The county has many fun and engaging services for each of us to enjoy, whether you are a resident or visitor, there are community services and events you could attend.
Such services include ZAP, a program which provides funding to enable growth and development of the interconnections of our society and environment. The Clark Planetarium is a fun educational resource to learn more about our daily lives and wonders of the universe. Of course, there are much more services found on the county’s website: https://slco.org/community-services/
9. Utah Transit Authority (UTA) (all incomes)
A public transportation system that helps those who do not have a car of their own to move around the county and beyond. The services they offer is an electric rail system, bus, paratransit, and vanpool.
It is a great way to move around the city, to get to know others, and to be worry free. You could ride and not worry about getting stuck in the mist of car traffic and you could also be doing work that you need to make up for or to prepare for. To plan your trip, visit their website on https://www.rideuta.com/
10. Libraries in Salt Lake City (all incomes)
Located near your home, the libraries can be found throughout the whole county. In Salt Lake County, there are two library websites, one is for the Salt Lake City called The City Library and the other one is the County Library.
On both websites, they have great resources for people of all ages. There are also local events that are held in their facilitates which span from learning a new language to watching a documentary to learning how to start a business, which allows everyone to come together as a community to get to know each other. Learn about their events here.
11. Department of Workforce Services (all incomes)
Finding a job can be hard and there may be responsibilities that each of us need help with. The Department of Workforce Services helps people of various of backgrounds with different types of needs.
They offer temporary assistance for unemployment, housing and community development, child care, refugee services, rehabilitation, and much more.
Through each of the links, there are other resources that you could find that may be of help. Overall, it is a great place to start looking for job-related resources: https://jobs.utah.gov/index.html