This is Derek Miller, Speaking on Business. Utah’s economy is one of the best in the nation, with unemployment now at just over two percent, yet nearly 10 percent of Salt Lake residents live below the poverty line. Working to lift them up is Circles Salt Lake, led by Michelle Crawford, who is here to share more.


Circles Salt Lake is part of a national non-profit organization dedicated to ending poverty. This month, we’re celebrating the five-year anniversary of our local chapter and, to commemorate, we’re stepping up our game to help even more people in the valley leave the perils of poverty forever. 

We meet our mission by combining best practices in several disciplines, including goal setting, financial literacy, mentoring, peer-to-peer counseling and learning, and child and youth development. With the assistance of our dedicated volunteers and community members, we provide resources, including transportation, healthcare, and a variety of other services that enable friends in need find employment. 

We need your help though. Circles Salt Lake is currently seeking volunteers to attend our weekly gatherings, support those in need, and be a friend to our program participants. Your small-time commitment will make a generational difference. For more information, visit


Circles Salt Lake is a true asset to our community and has been nominated for the 2022 Best of Salt Lake Business Awards in the Nonprofit category. You can visit their website to learn more. I’m Derek Miller with the Salt Lake Chamber, Speaking on Business.