Volunteers are needed for a humanitarian canning project Monday, Sept. 12, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints cannery in Lindon.
Volunteer shifts will be from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. , 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Twenty volunteers are needed for each of the first two shifts and eight needed for the last shift. The first shifts will be processing peaches and the last shift will be cleaning the cannery.Lile Lavaki, director of United Way's Volunteer Center, said this canning project is a great service opportunity for groups of friends, co-workers and families. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.
The food that is canned by volunteers will be given to nonprofit agencies - Community Action Food Bank, Utah County Food and Shelter Coalition, Recreation and Habilitation Services, Family Support and Treatment Center, The Center for Women and Children in Crisis, Alpine House and American Red Cross.
The staff and volunteers of the nonprofit agencies that will be receiving food from the canning project will help at the cannery along with other volunteers from the community. Recipients of services from the agencies are canning in part to show they are not just looking for handouts, but that they are willing to can food that will help provide for themselves and the people they serve.
This canning project will produce approximately 20,000 cans of peaches. The peaches will go to less-fortunate individuals who live from Lehi to Santaquin.
Other volunteer opportunities throughout Utah County include:
- Help sort carts of books at the Orem City Library. Volunteer shifts are flexible.
- Help the Forest Service with trail maintenance, seed collecting, stream stabilization, and other projects. Various volunteer shifts are available.
- "Adopt" a grandparent living in a rest home. Visit, read, help write letters, and play games with residents. Weekly, one-hour shifts are available to volunteers.
- Introduce abused women to the crisis center and answer the rape hotline. Training and eight-month commitment required. Weekly, four-hour shifts are available to volunteers.
For more information about these or other local volunteer opportunities, please call the United Way Volunteer Center at 374-8108.