Families with handicapped children need a break - and maybe you can help.

The Family Friends program sponsored by the Easter Seal Society matches volunteers with youngsters and their families. The child has fun with a new friend, the parents get time off and the volunteer gets a priceless sense of satisfaction. For more information, call Easter Seals at 531-0522.For information about listings in the Helping Hand column, call 488-2136.

Help with recycling, days and times flexible.

Work with patients, help families facing bone marrow transplants. Training provided.

Do basic office duties to help food bank, including filing, mailing lists, keeping records. Days and times flexible. Training available.

Sort food from food drives and grocery stores.

Tidy up at Ronald McDonald House, light housekeeping duties. Days and times flexible.

Help clean house for disabled couple, weekly, in Kearns area.

Teach prisoners to read in Salt Lake County jails. All ages. Training is provided.

Drive blind adults to grocery store, doctor appointments. One to three hours per week. Days and times flexible.

Receptionist needed for basic duties at Salt Lake Humanities Council.

Offer support and encouragement to disadvantaged young women. Training and materials available.

Do basic receptionist duties, one three-hour shift per week.

Work one-on-one with disabled adults in various areas of the valley. Training provided.

Answer phones and greet visitors for Utah Society for Environmental Education. Days and times flexible.

Raise money and write grants for Utah Arbor Day Committee.

Prevent fires, take Smokey Bear's message to schools along the Wasatch Front. Knowledge of natural sciences appreciated, but not necessary. Training provided.

Offer information about HIV/AIDS transmission and prevention, days and times flexible.

Visit elderly man once a week.

Handle financial reports, tax forms and other matters for Birthright, attend meetings every third Thursday from 7-9 p.m.

Help teachers and students in classrooms.

Assist inmate services coordinator with pre-trial services.

Work with young or inexperienced parents, provide emotional support, offer educational materials. Training is provided.

Write letters to help disabled woman once a week. Days and times flexible. Sugar House area.

Keep books for 10-15 hours weekly for American Red Cross. Training provided.

Drive delivery van, 15 hours weekly, daytime hours.

Befriend a young disabled child in child's own home. Once a week, four-hour shift.

Visit terminally ill patients in hospice programs and at home. Three to four hours weekly. Training provided.

Interview applicants for Red Cross Utility assistance program. Morning and afternoon shifts.

Record clothing donations, help sort, maintain baby clothes room, make layettes. Days and times flexible.

Feed animals, help with exercise and grooming. Must be 14 or older. Two locations.

Do basic secretarial duties, must be over 18.

Advise young men who have attended a Job Corps center. Training provided.

Plan fund-raising event for Wasatch Fish and Gardens.

Work with pre-school children who have emotional and behavioral problems, one morning weekly from 9 a.m. to noon. Training provided.

Perform basic repairs and maintenance work, five to 10 hours weekly.

Serve on advisory committee for Salt Lake City Urban Forestry Program.

Pick up bread from local stores. Day evening and weekend shifts available.

Tutor elementary-age children in basic subjects. Afternoon and evening shifts available, twice weekly. Must be over 14.

Help Sandy police with animal services. Contact citizens regarding licenses, reunite lost pets with owners, assist with adoptions and public education.

Offer support for terminally ill people in their own homes. Three times a week, flexible hours. Training is provided.

Transport food supplies to organizations serving the hungry. Morning, afternoon and evening shifts, one to four time monthly.

Help Police Office Friendly with safety presentations in schools. About eight hours weekly, days and times flexible. Must pass police background check.

Visit nursing home residents, provide conversation, help with crafts. Days and times flexible.

Donate adult-size wheelchairs.

Give basic household items, also furniture.