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Community volunteers are needed to fill the void left by college students as they return home this summer.

Shawna Peterson, volunteer coordinator for Utah State Hospital, said students make up a large portion of its volunteer base. When students leave for the summer, the hospital has a tough time finding community volunteers.Utah State Hospital is one of many social-service agencies that rely on volunteers. The hospital is looking for individuals to volunteer in its snack shop on Saturdays or Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Re-spon-sibilities include stocking shelves and as cashier; hours are flexible.

"Our patients do not have a lot of places to go on the weekends, and many have expressed their gratitude to me for having the snack shop open," Peterson said. "It gives them the opportunity to purchase a candy bar, chips, dough-nuts or a cup of coffee."

Peterson said the hospital also needs help with its physical-therapy program Monday through Friday from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Vol-unteers work with physical-ther-apy interns to help patients exer-cise and with other activities. No training is required; volunteer hours are flexible.

Finally, individuals are needed to volunteer Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with Utah State Hospital's Excel House. Volunteer hours are flexible.

The Excel House is a clubhouse that provides patients with an occupational-therapy setting. Volunteers assist staff members and join patients on occupational teams where the patients learn skills such as clerical work, food service and horticulture.

Other volunteer opportunities available throughout Utah County include:

Become an HIV education instructor. The AIDS Coalition of Utah County is looking for individuals to be trained by the Red Cross to teach courses to schools and community groups. Sixteen hours of training is provided. Volunteers who can teach during the day are especially needed.

Tutor children or adults to read. Project Read needs tutors for its family and adult literacy program. Volunteers are asked to meet with their students twice a week for 11/2 to two hours. Training and materials are provided. Additional volunteers are needed to stay in touch with 10 new readers, invite them to program events and to provide them with social and emotional support.

Help set up, clean up and prepare meals for less-fortunate families and individuals in Utah County. The Food and Care Coalition, Provo, is looking for volunteers to help weekdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. setting up for breakfast, preparing for lunch and helping with light cleaning projects. Two to three people are needed daily.

Repair books at the library. Volunteers are needed Tuesdays, Wednes-days and/or Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to help repair books. The library staff will train volunteers to assist in the maintenance of the books and the shelves.

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