Project Read, a charity that teaches adults to read and write, needs volunteer student support assistants to provide support and be a communications link between students and office staff.

Each volunteer would work with approximately 10 to 15 literacy students.Volunteers would be asked to do a variety of tasks. For example, they should contact students at least twice a month. This contact could be made by phone or in person to ensure the student is getting the help he or she needs.

Also, volunteers would be asked to help plan and conduct various activities as well as help call students when a message needs to get to them quickly. In addition, volunteers would provide input to the Project Read newsletter and other ongoing programs.

The student support assistants would not be required to tutor the students they work with. However, individuals interested in tutoring may attend a tutor training class in February. The exact date, time and location for the tutor training class will be determined later.

In addition to volunteering with Project Read, other volunteer opportunities are available throughout Utah County:

- Help children of abused women. Cook and do crafts and other activities with the children during a weekly two-hour volunteer shift. Training is provided and a four-month commitment is required.

- Help disabled adults reach their full potential. Teach classes about basic social skills, math and English. Volunteer hours are available Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

- Clean a charity office. Help a local nonprofit agency have more time to serve clients by spending one to two hours a week cleaning the office. Volunteer hours are flexible.

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- Brighten a homebound person's day. Teach art, literature and music classes in his or her home. Various day and evening volunteer hours are available.

- Lead neighborhood 4-H groups. Teach youth in various classes. Volunteer hours are flexible.

- Help troubled youth. Volunteer at a temporary shelter facility for youth who are homeless, runaway, abused and are otherwise experiencing conflict. Various volunteer hours are available.

For more information about these and other local volunteer opportunities, call the United Way Volunteer Center, 374-8108, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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