Individuals or small groups are needed to plan, implement and provide supplies for Make It-Take It workshops.
Items to be made at the workshops must be simple crafts, small gifts or holiday decorations that can be made easily in 15 to 20 minutes. Volunteers can also provide craft kits that participants can take home with them for a small fee.The workshops can be conducted on one of five Saturdays - Nov. 5, 12, 19 and Dec. 3 and 10. The workshops will be taught continuously from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Workshop participants will come from low-income families. They are learning skills to become self-sufficient. Through these workshops, participants learn that Christmas gifts can be made at a minimal price instead of bought.
This is an opportunity for individuals and groups in the community to volunteer their time and share their talents with less-fortunate individuals.
The Make It-Take It workshop program works in conjunction with the Sub-for-Santa program. In this program, individuals and groups willing to donate gifts are matched with low-income families. The individuals and groups work through United Way of Utah County to provide Christmas for less-fortunate people in the community.
In addition, Joint Action in Community Service Inc. is seeking volunteers to assist young men ages 16 to 24 who have returned or relocated to the community after attending a Job Corps training center.
The volunteer opportunity involves making local calls to these young men to discuss their needs, provide encouragement and support, inform them about community resources, refer them to agencies and document the contact by completing and returning a form.
Volunteers must be good listeners, give honest advice and be caring as well as firm in setting limits. They will be trained to assist the young men they call.
Volunteers counsel the former students on achieving long-term employability, responsibility and self-sufficiency. The volunteer work is done primarily by telephone and requires only two to four volunteer hours per month.
Other volunteer opportunities in Utah County include:
- Help with a humanitarian canning project. Forty-eight volunteers are needed each day to can peaches at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' cannery in Lindon. The dates of the project are Sept. 12, 16 and 24. Three shifts are available: 8 to 11:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Twenty people are needed for the morning and midday canning shifts. Eight volunteers are needed for the afternoon cleaning shift. Food from the canning project will go to charities that provide food for the people they serve.
- Be a positive role model for a child at risk. Two or more BYU students can visit a family and involve children in activities. Weekly, two-hour shifts are available.
- Be a companion. Read, walk, write, listen, and work with handicapped people. Weekly, flexible shifts are available.
For more information concerning these and other volunteer opportunities throughout Utah County, call the United Way Volunteer Center at 374-8108.