School's out for the summer. This time of year many teenagers have some extra time on their hands - extra time that could be well spent doing volunteer work with local community programs.
According to Lorri Hirst, director of the United Way Volunteer Center, many non-profit and government agencies need teens' help during the summer months."Volunteer work provides youth with good work experience, allows them to meet new people and offers an opportunity to explore career possibilities," Hirst said.
Here are just a few of the volunteer opportunities available this summer:
-Youth are needed to "adopt-a-grandparent" at a local nursing home. Volunteers commit to spend at least one hour each week with the elderly resident, reading, visiting, or helping with classes offered at the home.
-Youth 16 years and older are needed to read college textbooks into tape recorders for blind students. Volunteers must have good reading skills. No regular time commitment is required, but volunteers must read for a minimum of one hour per visit.
-SCERA Shell, Swimming Pool and Theater need youth volunteers to work three hours each week in concession sales. Volunteers get free monthly use of the facility.
-Youth who enjoy working with animals are needed to help at the 4-H Petting Farm in Mapleton. Volunteers take the public through the farm and give information about the animals.
-Volunteers interested in clerical careers are needed to work a weekly shift answering phones and filing at the Fourth Circuit Court in Orem. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old.
-Utah State Training School needs youth 14 years and older to help the handicapped residents participate in craft projects or summer field trips.
-Recreation for All Handicapped needs youth age 16 or older to help handicapped adults with their swimming activity. And volunteers are needed to help with the Saturday morning bowling activities.
For more information on these and other volunteer opportunities, call the United Way Volunteer Center at 374-8108.