The Legacy Initiative (Utah)

We are The Legacy Initiative. Our purpose is to inspire hope, and to promote service to others. We advocate abandoning the judgment and prejudice of others. Serving those in need is our primary activity.

The Legacy Initiative was founded in March 28th, 2012.

Our mission is to fight hunger, provide humanitarian aid, and educate people through community partnerships not just for today, but for our future.

Our job is to serve others, offer friendship to those who need it most, and inspire others to do the same. We want to give hope to those whose situation seems bleak. We want to create cohesive Communities. It was once said that it “takes a Village”; Our Legacy is to empower people to transform their communities from a large group of strangers into a Village. We want to inspire ALL people to BE the Change, to make a permanent, positive contribution to our communities and our world; to build a Legacy that we can all be proud of.

In August 2013, we divided our organization into four teams, each with specific roles.

Humanitarian works belong to the Grey Team. This includes, but is not limited to homeless outreach and providing food & clothing to less fortunate families. This is a link to the Grey Team’s Facebook group:

Gardening & Sustainable Practice Projects belong to the Green Team. This team is currently building community gardens and a food forest. Other tasks include educating the public on permaculture, food preservation, and various sustainable practices. This is a link to the Green Team’s Facebook group:

The Blue Team is our administrative and leadership group. It is comprised of our directors, team leaders, and project managers. This group oversees all of our projects.

The Red Team is engaged in neighborhood patrols, scouting for our homeless outreaches, and checking on people who are living out in the elements. Soon, this team will also serve as a community emergency response team.

Our Green and Grey Teams are always recruiting. If you would like to get involved, please follow the links provided.


  • Provide Humanitarian Aid to Those in Need, Without Judgment
  • Address Issues with Our Damaged Food System and provide solutions
  • Crime Watch, Preventative Measures (Target Hardening)
  • Cold Weather Homeless Well-being Checks
  • Empowerment, Awareness, and Education of the Public
  • Law Enforcement Support
  • Community Emergency Response


* Help our communities become places in which everyone’s basic survival needs of food, shelter, physical safety, health, environmental safety, and community involvement are met.

* Challenge individuals and institutions that create harm in our communities and region by perpetuating poverty, violence, environmental disasters, and other forms of environmental and social injustice. We want to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

* Create and support community organizations and programs that empower individuals and communities to flourish by embracing the principles of environmental sustainability and social justice.

* Develop the knowledge, skills, character, and relationships necessary to live a good life in community with our fellow people and the land we call home.

* Broaden our reach through the expansion of our teams, and projects.


* We use our Blue Team to brainstorm, develop, and implement programs and processes that serve our goals.

* Support other individuals, groups, and programs with similar goals.

* Educate, motivate, organize, and inspire others to do the same.


* Identify the most critical needs in our communities and move to fill those voids.

* Organize and/or participate in food/clothing drives, food/clothing distribution, fundraisers, used needle pick up patrols and other events that gather and mobilize resources to meet basic survival needs that are currently going unmet.

* Organize and/or participate in various forms of training that will empower us to better serve our communities.

* Organize street patrols. Our street patrols will serve the threefold goals of neighborhood watch, distribution of resources to those in need, and outreach about environmental and social justice efforts.


Our current focus is on the communities of Salt Lake, Utah, and Davis counties. We hope to provide services to Tooele County and Sevier County within the coming year.


We currently have about 350 volunteers on our roster.

Our Current Leadership Team Members are:

Travis Hysell, President (Founding Member)

Tedd Mills, VP/Red Team Captain (Founding Member)

Lisa Edwards-Stanleyson, Director of Gardens and Sustainable Practices (Founding Member)

Stephen Throndsen, Development Director

Marla Williamson, H.R./Administrative Services.

David Allen Williamson, Red Team Training Officer

Steph Lords, Director of Humanitarian Services

Ron Mortimore (Founding Member)

Darren Lamb, Asst. Red Team Training Officer

Marshay Grossaint, Administrative Assistant.

You May Contact Us at:

(801) 899-9682.




To see what we’ve been up to, check out our YEAR IN REVIEW page.

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