In the Community

Service Project 2017


Candy Cane Corner



Utah Professional Organizers Set up Holiday Store for Families in Need for Fifth Year in a Row

Members of Utah Professional Organizers have volunteered for the fifth year in a row to help set up Candy Cane Corner, a holiday store that provides low-income families and individuals the opportunity to “shop” for new holiday gifts.

As many prepare for holiday shopping, others throughout Salt Lake are faced with many hardships, including the inability to purchase gifts this holiday season. That’s where Candy Cane Corner comes in. This temporary holiday store, full of new, donated items, provides a dignified and empowering opportunity for hundreds of low-income families and individuals who are participating in programs at the YWCA Utah, The Road Home, and Volunteers of America, Utah, to select new holiday gifts for their families.

To make this possible, an entire store needs to be created in a very short time. “There’s no way we could do it without the professional organizers,” said Yen Nguyen with the YWCA Utah. A location needs to be found, a layout designed, shelves and racks assembled, donations collected and sorted, and items stocked onto shelves in an organized fashion. Members of Utah Professional Organizers spearhead the design and merchandising of the store, and hundreds of community volunteers help to make the store a success.

For more information about Candy Cane Corner, or if you are interested in donating or volunteering please visit their website at


  Service Project 2016


This year for our Annual GO (Get Organized!) Event, we decided to Organize Ourselves!  Yes, even Professional Organizers can use some help Getting Organized!


  We put ourselves in our clients' shoes to experience first-hand how it feels to have another person go through our personal spaces.

In order to have a better understanding of our clients' experience, we were randomly paired with another organizer to do an organizing project in our own homes.  We not only faced the somewhat uncomfortable feeling of having another person see our clutter and go through our stuff, but we also got to benefit from the power of working as a team to tackle an organizing project.  

This was a poignant learning experience for all of us, and gave us better insight and understanding into our clients' perspective that we may not have had before.  This awareness not only sharpened our skills, but will also benefit our clients as we work with them from a more enlightened and empathetic position.

Service Project 2015


GO Event 2015


The Organizing Makeover for the Rape Recovery Center was a Huge Success!


We would like to thank everyone who donated to the project. With a special thanks to our business partners Home Depot, Target, Ace Hardware, Walmart and Top Shelf Construction.


UPO was excited to choose the Rape Recovery Center to be the recipient of this year's GO Event project. The Rape Recovery Center was bursting at the seams & thought they needed to relocate to a larger building. Since this year is also Rape Recovery Centers 40th anniversary the decision was made to give them an anniversary makeover. 

Service Projects 2014


CandyCaneCorner - UPO

Candy Cane Corner

November 29 - 30, 2014 - Members of Utah Professional Organizers were excited to again have the opportunity to help set up the "store" for Candy Cane Corner. The store is created from an empty warehouse each year which is donated during the months of November and December for this cause. Our organizers developed a floor plan for the store and worked with other volunteers to set up the different departments in the store. Transforming a bulk of community donations into a pleasant shopping experience.


Candy Cane Corner is an annual collaboration between The Road Home, Volunteers of America, Utah and YWCA Utah. Annually, these three organizations ask the community to help them provide a holiday shopping experience for the families they serve. All are welcome to donate new gifts, volunteer, or make a monetary donation to support Candy Cane Corner!


Newman Elementary - GO Event 2014

This year, local Professional Organizers donated 200+ hours to clean, declutter, & organize a 2nd grade classroom at Newman Elementary School. The transformation was amazing!

Newman Elementary is a Title 1 school, whose mission is to help students become active, life-long learners who are able to manage change. They are committed to empower each student to become a responsible member and leader in society who promotes and demonstrates respect for the worth, rights, and privileges of all. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, to be an eligible Title 1 school, at least 40% of a school’s students must be from low-income families.

Past Service Projects