May 02, 2018

From the Editor

West View Media Board of Directors (from left to right) Davey Davis, Dorothy Owen, Charlotte Fife-Jepperson (Executive Director), Jason Stevenson, and Troy Mumm pose for a photo at West View Media’s office.     Photo by David Ricketts|||| West View Media Board of Directors (from left to right) Davey Davis, Dorothy Owen, Charlotte Fife-Jepperson (Executive Director), Jason Stevenson, and Troy Mumm pose for a photo at West View Media’s office. Photo by David Ricketts|||| ||||

Charlotte Fife-Jepperson

Utah has always had a strong culture of volunteerism. Maybe it comes from the strong, cooperative spirit of the Mormon pioneers who settled this valley. Or perhaps it started much earlier with the indigenous people who lived and traveled through this valley in a non-capitalistic society for centuries.

Whatever the root of this service-orientation, many Utahns understand the value of volunteerism and engage in service often, whether it’s through their churches, corporate service programs, schools, youth scouting programs or other community groups.

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), Utah has ranked as the #1 volunteering state in the nation eleven years in a row with 40.9 percent of adults volunteering. This volunteering rate is significantly above the national average of 26.8 percent – a fact that UServeUtah, the Lt. Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism, is very proud of.

We at West View Media are proud of the incredible efforts that so many west side corporations, churches, organizations and individuals make to better the community in which they live and work.

In this Non-profit & Volunteerism-themed issue, we highlight some of the many different ways that west-siders serve their community. Some strive to improve their neighborhood by participating in their local community councils. Others find different avenues to help neighbors solve perceived problems that aren’t being addressed in other forums. Some choose to help paint an elderly person’s home through Paint Your Heart out, or make quilts for the needy, or they work at their local community radio station to help amplify underrepresented voices.        

In this issue we also highlight several volunteers who pitch in to create The West View. Many of our readers may not realize that we do not have paid reporters that we can put on assignment. We rely almost entirely on volunteers. Over 200 unique contributors have written or photographed for the paper since 2011, when we officially became a nonprofit organization. This publication is truly “of the people, by the people, for the people.”

Last December we held our first West View Contributors Awards Banquet. We thought it was about time we recognized the talented writers and photographers and other volunteers who make The West View relevant, authentic and possible. We couldn’t publish this quarterly paper without their contributions. Check out the award winners on page 11.

Our community newsroom is open to the public. We welcome anyone who wants to help write stories or report on issues pertaining to Salt Lake City’s west side. The goal is to include as many diverse voices as possible. So, please come check it out on the third Tuesday and third Friday of every month. But, be sure to email us at to let us know you’re coming, because occasionally we need to reschedule meetings.

We are also incredibly indebted to the volunteers who help with copyediting, graphic design, page layout, website maintenance, distribution, and event planning. These are instrumental jobs and the community members who have stepped up to help out are amazingly talented and generous.

And, finally, I’d like to give a huge shout out to the volunteers who pitch in to oversee, guide and raise funds for West View Media – our board of directors, current and past. The board works behind the scenes to keep this organization afloat and accountable.

This truly is a group effort and I thank you all!