Teaching has been Helen Beach's main love and she did it for 38 years in three states. But when retirement time came, she wasn't ready to give it up.
Now, she volunteers four mornings a week helping students in third through fifth grades at McMillan Elementary School in Murray, tutoring them in reading and math.She also volunteers at Cottonwood Hospital and at Holy Cross Hospital once a week.
Beach was hired to work on a project for the Murray School District. When the task was completed, she refused payment. As a former teacher, she said, "I would have liked to have had a volunteer in my classroom. A volunteer can be a great help to a teacher. I enjoy working with people and adore children."
Principal Beck Sheffield called Beach "a real gift to McMillan School. She tutors small groups of students and works with individuals. Her constant dedication has nearly diminished the problems in math and reading in students by the time they reach fifth grade. She has built a wonderful rapport with everyone with whom she comes in contact."
Beach was honored as the outstanding volunteer in the Murray School District.
-If you suspect your child may have a hearing loss, help is available. There are programs that provide comprehensive hearing tests at low or no cost for kids from birth to age 18. Call the Information and Referral Center at 487-4716. The center is the place to call when you don't know who to call.
If you'd like to inquire about, or volunteer for, any of the following requests, call the Voluntary Action Center of the Community Services Council, 212 W. 13th South, 486-2136.
Work in school library at high school. Flexible schedule.
Read English papers to help teacher. 10-12 hours a month, can work out of home, training provided.
Teach adults English as a second language.
Help blind adult balance checkbook, work with finances.
Teach adults to read.
Sort donated clothing one hour a week.
Work in hospital gift shop. Flexible hours.
Sew mittens for mentally ill children.
Work with young moms distressed by pregnancy. Once a week. Training.
Lend an ear to cancer patients. Make check-up phone calls.
Work annual cancer society Jail-a-Thon, in malls Oct. 31-Nov. 2.
Provide musical entertainment at care center.
Paint two rooms at cultural center.
Answer phones, do light office work.
Hearing-impaired first-grader needs volunteer with sign language skills. Tuesday, Wednesday from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Answer phones, type 3-4 hours a week.
Learn to operate puppets for program about disabilities that goes into schools. Training.
Help mend clothing for nursing home patients.
Teach classes at detention center. Craft, cooking, self-esteem and recreation. Monday-Friday, 3:45 or 7 p.m. Once a week.
Provide emergency travel information at bus depot. Training.
Volunteer at LDS Hospital. Four hours once a week.
Work with children and youth. Training.
Help with cancer control program.
Help older, handicapped women learn bus system.
Group needed for Children's Museum projects. Painting and insulation. Materials provided.
Serve food to homeless.
Be a docent at Museum of Natural History. Training.
Be a role model for adolescent mothers. Five hours a month.
Volunteer with a truck needed to pick up items donated to refugee families.
Provide bulletin boards to food bank.
Give personal items of all kinds for gifts to mentally ill of all ages who will not have a Christmas this year.
Donate filing cabinets.
Provide a storage shed to women's shelter.
Donate a microwave to an AIDS patient.