Volunteers are needed for the "Adopt-A-Grandparent" program at Orem Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, said Debbie White, rec-reational ther-apist.

Volunteers in the Adopt-A-Grandparent program are matched with elderly residents who do not have friends or family within visiting distance or who are unable to get out and do things. Volunteers are asked to visit their "grandparent" at least once a week for one hour."Our patients really benefit from having `adopted' grandchildren visit them. It can get really lonely for someone with no ties outside the nursing home. When someone cares enough to come visit them, they feel better about life." White said.

During their visits, volunteers and residents can talk, take a walk, go to dinner or a movie, or go shopping. Many residents also enjoy being read to, since their vision no longer permits them to read.

Families are especially popular among the residents. "They light up when they see little children," White said. "The residents love babies, toddlers and teenagers," There is no age restriction for volunteers.

Strong friendships have developed through the program, White said. "One volunteer visits her grandmother every Monday for about an hour. The volunteer really seems to enjoy it, and her grandmother really needs the socialization. It revitalizes her," White said.

Groups are also needed for one-time projects. Groups can organize a performance, organize a craft project or help with a special activity.

Other community volunteer opportunities include:

- Senior volunteers are needed to become Senior Companions. Com-panions visit elderly, homebound individuals each week. During their visits they may talk, assist with light housework, or provide essential transportation. Companions who meet an income guideline receive a small stipend for their service.

- Volunteers are needed to care for potentially abused children during the winter months. Volunteers for the Crisis Nursery are asked to volunteer for one three-hour shift a week. During that shift they do arts and crafts, play games or read with the children.

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