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PROVO WOMEN’S SHELTER SEEKS VOLUNTEER HELP

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The battered women's shelter in Provo needs female volunteers. For those interested, the shelter will offer volunteer training on Saturday, July 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Tuesday, July 31, from 7 to 9 p.m. The training will be held in the downstairs board room of the Provo Library.

The women's shelter provides many services, including shelter, counseling and outpatient support for women who have been physically, sexually or emotionally abused.The shelter needs volunteers to help answer the hot line, update records, fill out forms and help the women and children staying in the shelter with various activities. Volunteers may also help women with transportation to legal appointments, job interviews and other appointments related to their situation.

Betty Engemann, shelter director, said, "Our trained volunteers provide that listening ear to women who feel they have no place to go."

The training will help volunteers learn about the issues of family violence and spouse abuse, and will orient volunteers to their responsibilities at the shelter.

Once trained, volunteers are asked to work one four-hour shift each week. Volunteers must also be willing to commit to stay with the program for at least eight months.

"There are no strict prerequisites to volunteering at the Center for Women and Children in Crisis shelter," volunteer coordinator Diane Starks said. "Instead, volunteers must be non-judgmental, willing to learn, committed and responsible. Shelter volunteers must also be at least 21 years old."

Other community volunteer opportunities include:

- Community Nursing Service and Hospice of Utah County needs a few volunteers to help a woman with a terminally ill husband. She needs someone to watch her children and husband during evening or weekend hours, or help run errands and do shopping. Four hours per week, hours are flexible.

- The Volunteer Reading Program at Brigham Young University needs volunteers to read textbooks into tape recorders for blind and learning-disabled students. This can be done in one-hour time blocks anytime between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

For more information on these and other volunteer opportunities, call the United Way Volunteer Center at 374-8108.