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Volunteers in Utah County needed for character education, Crisis Line

Provo Advancing Character Excellence (PACE) is looking for volunteers to help with its "Celebration of Character" conference March 18.

"The purpose of the conference is to promote good character among our youth and provide examples that they can model to others," said Jolene Bunnel, Utah State University extension agent. "PACE is trying to unify the entire community on this concept of good character."Students from Provo and Timpview high schools will participate in workshops focusing on developing responsibility, being trustworthy and working effectively.

PACE promotes a partnership among families, schools, churches, government and businesses.

The group also is looking for fabric, quilt batting and yarn to use for making quilts as a service project.

Other volunteer opportunities through United Way of Utah County include:

Answering phones for the Crisis Line. Crisis Line of Utah County needs mature volunteers to answer hot line calls from people in crisis. Volunteers will provide a listening ear to people who call with serious problems. Crisis Line is in extreme need for volunteers. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and will need to complete six hours of training before answering phone lines. A four-month commitment is preferred.

Teaching grade school students civic responsibility. Kids Voting Utah is looking for volunteers to help teach students about the importance of civic responsibility and about the electoral process. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Schedules are flexible.

Assisting new parents in Utah County. Individuals who have experience in parenting, child development, health care or family therapy are encouraged to share their skills as Welcome Baby Home visitors. Home visitor volunteers will partner with Utah County health nurses. Training is required.

For more information about these and other volunteer opportunities in Utah County, contact the United Way Volunteer Center weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 374-8108. Contact can also be made by e-mail or by visiting the searchable database on the United Way of Utah County Web site