The Christmas season means more than good cheer at Provo's Family Support and Treatment Center. It means that as local colleges dismiss for the holidays, many of the center's student volunteers will be leaving.
The Family Support and Treatment Center serves parents who are experiencing stress and crisis in their lives. Parents bring their children to the center's respite nursery for one three-hour shift each week. With many of the center's student volunteers leaving, new volunteers are desperately needed.Potential volunteers must enjoy working with children, be responsible and be able to attend the upcoming training session scheduled Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 2 to 3 p.m.
During the training sessions, volunteers learn about the types of children they will be working with, the reasons they are at the center and the policies of the Family Support and Treatment Center.
Director Joy O'Banion said the center serves more than 70 children each week. Without a committed volunteer force, the possibility of children being left in a stressful situation is increased.
Volunteer shifts are available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information call the United Way Volunteer Center at 374-8108.