Habitat for Humanity of Utah County needs volunteers willing to be active members of its organizational committees.
Volunteers will share their writing, public speaking and leadership skills while serving on committees ranging from selecting families that will benefit from Habitat for Humanity's program to fund-raising.Time commitment is flexible. Tasks will be assigned to volunteers according to the time each can give. Duties may include contacting possible donors, coordinating the building of a home or writing thank-you notes.
A general training meeting will be held when committees are formed. Committee training meetings will be scheduled as the volunteers' time permits.
Although many volunteers will be needed later in the fall for the building projects, people are needed now to help organize, said Laura Mitchell, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Utah County.
Mitchell said Habitat for Humanity is a charity striving to address the problem of limited low-income housing in Utah County by providing a way for low-income families to build and pay for their own home with the help of the community.
Habitat For Humanity of Utah County, an independent affiliate of the national organization by the same name, organizes building projects for low-income families. The houses are built by volunteer labor and then paid for by the low-income families who receive the homes through no-interest loans and 20-year mortgages.
In addition to volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, other local volunteer opportunities are available:
- Help feed the hungry. Forty-eight volunteers are needed each day to can peaches at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints cannery in Lindon. 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 disadvan-taged people.
- Teach children to say "no" to drugs. Volunteers are needed to visit elementary schools and present a two-hour seminar. Volunteers will work four hours a month during the day.
- Visit terminally ill patients. Volunteers are needed to visit terminally ill people in their homes and run errands for them. Volunteers can help patients write letters, read or just talk. Training is provided, and various volunteer hours are available.
- Help lower utility bills. Teach homebound senior citizens ways to conserve energy, lowering their utility bills while maintaining their quality of life. Training is provided. Volunteers work three hours a week.
- Assist troubled youth. Tutor youth one-on-one through recreational activities or arts and craft projects. Volunteer hours are flexible.
For more information about these and other volunteer opportunities, call the United Way Volunteer Center at 374-8108.