Steve and Ann Clawson know all about adoption. They have 10 children, five of them adopted, and laugh that they are running their own mini United Nations.
She has worked with adoption for 10 years as a volunteer advocate, teaching classes to families to prepare them for adoption, and has shared her experiences and insights with them.The Clawsons have provided a home away from home for special-needs children from other states who fly to Utah to be filmed for KUTV's "Wednesday's Child" segments.
This year, Ann Clawson received a Carnation Silver Bowl Community Service Award. Said Shelly Phillips, president of Families Involved in Adoption, "Ann is a joy to work with. She is one of the most caring human beings I have ever met. I can't think of anyone who deserves recognition more. It would take a book to explain how much Ann has done to make this world a better place for children who need families and families who want children to love and adopt."
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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. 1300 South, 486-2136.
Group needed to paint gallery at Children's Museum.
Work the arts festival. Various hours.
Teach math, reading to cerebral palsy patient. Tuesday and Thursday at 3 p.m.
Be a counselor at YMCA youth camp. Each session 51/2 days.
Do receptionist work for half-day at Red Cross.
Entertain at care center. Help with scheduled activities.
Help with fund raising, light office work.
Do office work, write letters.
Read to a blind woman in the evenings.
Record a magazine for a blind man.
Help with health fair at refugee center. Need clown, juggler and more.
Teach first aid and CPR to adults.
Monitor rooms during virology conference at U.
Help teach English as a second language Tuesday or Thursday. Training. 7-9 p.m., one-on-one.
Entertain care center residents.
Work in food pantry once or twice a week. Training.
Help at the Rape Crisis Center. Training June 8-10.
Do office/clerical work one-half day a week.
Help quadriplegic woman half-day each week. Training, flexible schedule.
Work on MS Society fund-raising bike tour. Once a week through mid-July.
Provide a foster home for unaccompanied refugee children from Vietnam who are not available for adoption.
Volunteers who speak Dutch or Japanese are needed to communicate with two elderly residents at a care center.
Interact, counsel with youths.
Teach teenagers general subjects.
Provide information to stranded travelers. Training, flexible.
Help with intake/reception duties at homeless shelter. Training.
Greet the public at Historical Society. Training. Four-hour shifts. Saturday shifts.
Be a lake patrolman at Flaming Gorge. Motorboat experience desired.
Volunteer at the Western Rehabilitation Institute. Training.
Help handicapped individuals with adaptive sports.
Be an information desk receptionist.
Be a host family. Youth for Understanding Program.
Be a lookout tower guard.
Play chess with care center residents.
Do light data entry. Flexible three-hour shifts.
Teach Bible class at care center. 4 p.m. Saturdays.
Help operate a visitor center at Flaming Gorge.
Organize a small library for handicapped people.