The Utah Council of Volunteers presented special awards to two organizations that have exhibited exemplary service during the annual luncheon and awards ceremony Thursday at the Governor's Mansion.
Lt. Gov. Val Oveson presented the non-profit agency award to St. Vincent De Paul Center. The Utah Pizza Service Inc. (Little Caesar's Pizza) received the award for profit-making organizations.The St. Vincent De Paul Center operates a hot lunch program that feeds about 500 homeless people each weekday. It also offers emergency dental service, an optometry clinic and job, substance abuse and mental health referral. All of the work is done by volunteers. The center notable for the large number of volunteers involved in addressing the problems of the homeless. The center rotates more than 640 volunteers, who in the first quarter of this year provided 5,040 hours of service.
Little Caesar's has been involved in a number of community projects, including the "Hungry Hearts" campaign, which collects food for the hungry. Last year more than 30 tons were collected. The company also sponsored Big Brothers/Big Sister's bowl-a-thon, raising more than $15,000 and passed the $50,000 mark in contributions to the March of Dimes. In 1988 the firm received the "Caring in Business Award" from Utah Issues for contributions of both time and money to the community.