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The Gathering Place in Provo needs reliable volunteers

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The Gathering Place, which offers outpatient treatment, group programs and emergency support service to substance abusers, needs dependable volunteers to help alleviate staff work load. Volunteers are needed to help answer the telephone, file documents and direct people in the office.

Leta Riding, admissions coordinator of The Gathering Place, said the goal of the center is not only to help clients recover from addictive behaviors, but also to help them develop skills and insights to interact positively within the community."We don't want to take these people out of the community," Riding said. "Instead, we try to help them get involved in the community so they can keep their jobs and go on with their lives in a normal way."

Volunteers are needed at The Gathering Place for three- to four-hour blocks each week on Monday mornings or any time on Fridays. Volunteering on a consistent basis is encouraged because of the sensitive nature of The Gathering Place.

Current volunteer Terri Madsen said since she has been donating her time at The Gathering Place she has become more aware of other community needs.

"Volunteering at The Gathering Place has helped me be more informed about what's happening in the whole community," Madsen said. "By getting involved I've learned what I can do instead of just ignoring it and hoping it all goes away."

Other volunteer opportunities are available throughout Utah County. Some of them include:

- Make deliveries to homebound people. The Orem Public Library needs two or three outreach volunteers to pick up and deliver large-print books, books on tape and other library materials. Each volunteer delivers only to two or three homes each week. Volunteers can set their own schedules.

- Give the gift of reading. Project Read, a one-on-one adult literacy program, is looking for tutors to teach reading and writing skills to beginning and low-level readers. Volunteers may set their own schedules between 9:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

- Spend time outdoors helping a person with disabilities. Tri Connections Inc. needs volunteers to help disabled people get involved in the community through such activities as in-line skating, biking, bowling and going to movies. Volunteers will take an interest survey and then be matched with a client with similar interests. Volunteers, who must be 18 or older, are encouraged to spend at least two hours each month volunteering.

For more information about these and other volunteer opportunities throughout Utah County, contact the United Way Volunteer Center at 374-8108 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or visit the United Way of Utah County web site at (www.utahcounty.unitedway.org).