Kids on the Move is in need of groups of up to 12 people to provide child care every Thursday evening in September from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The volunteers will allow parents of children with disabilities the opportunity to attend specialized parenting classes.
Volunteers must enjoy interacting with young children and be patient and playful. All individuals 16 years of age or older are welcome. Youth groups must be accompanied by an adult.Kids on the Move provides support, therapy and services for disabled infants and toddlers and their families. The agency assesses the needs of disabled children, gives individual rehabilitative therapy and provides parent support and education.
By providing child care, volunteers help parents participate in special parenting classes, said Eileen Chamberland, director of Kids on the Move. With the aid of volunteers, Kids on the Move helps parents gain skills to meet their child's special needs in their own home.
Other service opportunities are available at Kids on the Move. Individuals are invited to interact with and care for children, allowing parents to participate in learning activities with their disabled or developmentally challenged child. Volunteers are needed four hours or more each week between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Another great project for groups is making 40-inch-by-50-inch baby quilts for use at Kids on the Move.
Other volunteer opportunities also are available throughout Utah County. These opportunities include:
- Become a Habitat for Humanity committee member. Habitat for Humanity, an agency that helps build homes for low-income families, is looking for community members to join their family support, public relations, finance or building committees. Individuals need only be willing to serve and help others. Those interested in learning more about Habitat for Humanity are invited to attend an introductory meeting Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. at the United Way of Utah County office.
- Help individuals with disabilities enjoy Western dance. The Utah State Developmental Center is seeking between 50 and 100 volunteers to aid individuals to and from the outdoor dance floor and to participate in a Western dance activity. Groups or individuals are also invited to dance or sing with residents or to teach line dancing. This event is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 5, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
All individuals 12 years of age or older are welcome to participate.
- Read story books to children. The Women, Infants & Children Program (WIC) needs volunteers to read to and interact with children 5 years of age and younger. This program, which provides nutritional counseling and education to young and future mothers, also helps children learn to read and communicate at an early age. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Day and evening shifts are available.