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Volunteers needed for fishing derby, Hershey Track Meet, children’s art day

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Provo Parks and Recreation is in need of volunteers to help with the Huck Finn Day Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 13, the Hershey Track Meet on Wednesday, June 17, and the Children's Celebration of the Arts on Saturday, July 11.

The Huck Finn Day Fishing Derby will be held Saturday at the Footprints Park Pond in Provo. Volunteers with an interest in fishing are needed to help assist youths from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Volunteers will help with registration, weighing and measuring fish, judging, helping with prizes and other various activities.The annual Hershey Track Meet will be held on June 17 at Provo High School. Registration time is at 5:00 p.m., and the track events begin at 6:00 p.m. Twenty-five volunteers are needed to help with registration and check in, the softball and long jump field events, timing events and awards distribution.

"Volunteers are crucial to the success of making the overall track meet happen," said Richard Fryer, coordinator of the Hershey Track Meet. "This free event for youth could not happen without volunteers from the community."

Volunteers are needed for the Children's Celebration of the Arts, which will be held July 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., to teach children crafts at one of the 35 hands-on displays. There are three shifts available throughout the day; from 9 a.m-12 p.m., 12 p.m.-3 p.m., and 3 p.m.-6 p.m.

The morning shift will require assistance in set-up, and the afternoon shift will need clean-up support. This activity will be held at Provo's Pioneer Park and is open to all children for a minimal fee.

Other volunteer opportunities to serve are available throughout Utah County. Some of these are listed below.

- Promote literacy in your community. Volunteers are needed to teach literacy skills to parents and children at the Family Literacy Center in your local area. Volunteers are matched with an individual and can set a schedule that is convenient for both people. A six-to-nine-month commitment is preferred, but the Center will also consider tutors who would like to serve for three or more months. Foreign language skills are helpful but not necessary, and training is provided to any person interested in volunteering.

- Care for children in crisis. The Family Support and Treatment Center is in need of volunteers to provide one-on-one attention to children at risk of abuse. In order to provide stability, the center prefers volunteers to make a four-month commitment and have a set shift each week. Volunteers are able to determine the hours that are best for them. Volunteers can also be utilized for cleaning or maintenance projects at the Family Support and Treatment Center. Groups are needed to deep clean the nursery during the month of June.

- Provide companionship to homebound seniors. The Senior Companion Program needs volunteers who are at least 60 years old, to provide friendship to homebound or elderly individuals. Volunteers provide limited personal assistance and companionship to individuals close to where they live.

For more information about these and other volunteer opportunities in 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.unitedwayuc.org).