There are countless opportunities to volunteer in the community. No special skills are necessary other than a desire to help others. For information about listings in the Helping Hand Column, call Volunteer Services at 978-2452 or visit the Web site at www.volunteersinsaltlake.org. For information regarding support groups, call the Information and Referral Center at 978-3333.
Adopt-A-Native Elder Program: Help support traditional Navajo elders and children.
Aging Services: Be an ombudsman advocate for nursing home residents. Will be given 30 hours training for state certification.
Alta Care Center: Assist with recreational activities for seniors. Also need volunteers for the Adopt-A-Grandparent program.
America Reads Programs: Tutor children K-6.
American Cancer Society: Currently looking for Relay For Life team for 24 hours August 4-5. Also need volunteers to participate in Tell-A-Friend program, encouraging women to get a mammogram.
Art Mentoring Program: Provide art mentoring for inner-city youth.
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary: Assist with adoptions, foster homes, office work and events, in Salt Lake City.
Bridges Program: Tutors over age 45 needed for reading, writing, spelling and math; two to four hours a week for children during the school day. Training provided, background check required.
Canine Companions for Independence: Train dogs to provide assistance to the disabled (other than the blind).
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate): Work with abused or neglected children. Must be 21 years of age or older.
Catholic Community Services: need a photographer for photo essays — own camera a must.
CAUSE (Utah's coalition against sexual assault): Various office duties.
Children's Justice Center: Transcriptionist needed.
The Children's Service Society: Assist parents in at-risk, home-based program. Must be over 21 years old and make a nine-month commitment. Spanish fluency helpful.
Christmas Box House: Receptionist and greeters needed; residential home working with abused and neglected children. Flexible hours.
Chuck Wagon: Serve meals to the homeless on Sundays from 7 a.m. to noon.
Division of Youth Services: Tutor at-risk youth ages 8-12; green thumbs for Grandpa Glen's Children's Garden; distribute Shelter Home recruitment fliers; teach teens to quilt.
Faith in Action: Assist isolated seniors in daily living. Volunteers over 18.
Families Against Incinerator Risk: Work to replace Tooele Nerve Gas incinerator with a safe alternative.
Genesis Services: Help with Human Rights Committee on employment issues for the disabled. Knowledge of legal issues, abuse and advocacy helpful.
Guadalupe School: Tutor English as a second language Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
Heart & Soul: Provide entertainment in senior care facilities.
Highland High School ESL Program: Tutor students in reading skills, Monday through Friday, 12:45-2:10 p.m.
Holy Cross Ministries: Tutor English or provide child care. Volunteers over 16.
Homeless Children's Foundation: Work with children in the classroom 9 a.m. to noon or 3 to 5 p.m. Need classroom supplies, diapers and baby wipes.
Homeless Shelter School: Provide one-on-one tutoring.
The Homeless Youth Resource Center: Donate backpacks, sleeping bags, blankets and camping supplies.
Homeless Youth Resource Center Training/Mentor Program: Do technical writing for grants.
House of Hope Women and Children's Residential Facility: Need donations of copy machine, swamp cooler, heavy duty clothes, washer and dryer, tricycles, bunk beds, meeting room chairs and other items.
Housing Authority of the County of Salt Lake: Tutor at-risk youth K-9, various sites, times and days available.
Hospice: Assist the terminally ill and their families by providing companionship and helping with miscellaneous needs; training provided.
International Rescue Committee: Teach English to refugees. Many speak German, French or Italian. Flexible schedule.
Legal Aid: Help staff attorneys provide low-income legal service
Literacy Action Center: Teach literacy skills.
"Our House" Daycare: Assist with children in day care.
Pet Samaritan Fund: Provide foster home for cats and dogs. Help with adoptions and other events as well.
Primary Children's Medical Center: Read at children's library. Bilingual preferred.
Rosemond Elementary School (Riverton): Tutor children one to two hours a week.
Safe Place: Provide community education or transportation for children.
Salt Lake Art Department: Be a docent, give gallery tours. Free training, flexible hours.
Salt Lake City Library: Information desk attendant, main library, three hours a week. Also need a clerical worker four hours a week in human resources.
Salt Lake Community College: VISTA volunteers needed to work in volunteer centers. Positions offer living allowance and educational stipend.
Salt Lake Conventions and Visitors Bureau: Answer visitors' questions.
Salt Lake County Aging Services: Visit seniors in their homes and help with financial matters. Also, large and small groups, families and individuals of all ages for a variety of assignments. Also recruiting low-income seniors to work with children or seniors (reimbursement/benefits provided).
Salt Lake County Youth Services: Need assistance with advisory board and annual fun run being held Saturday, May 20.
Salt Lake County Inmate Services "Booked" Program: Tutors to help inmates prepare for the GED.
Salvation Army : Need help to make 500 sandwiches for the hungry. Also needs volunteers to help in their thrift stores.
Senior Companion Program: Need people 60 and over to assist older adults in independent living.
Sorenson Multi-Cultural Center: Monitor children and adults in computer lab.
SPLORE: needs guides for accessible canoe trips for individuals with disabilities and special needs.
State Office of Education: Provide student support, correct exams and do administrative tasks for GED on TV.
Tapestry of Polygamy: Do light typing, filing, answering phones. Also need part-time legal assistant to help an attorney with research, filings, case preparation and management.
Teens For Tots: Be a mentor or advocate for pregnant teens.
This Is The Place Heritage Park: Cataloging, registration, inventory and general collection work at the park a few hours a day, one or two days a week.
Transitional Support Center: Assist young women with their searches for jobs, housing and community networks; provide encouragement and resource referrals.
Travelers Aid Society: Work with Scout troops, give music lessons to children (other than piano), assist in children's playroom for adult classes, organize books for Children's Literacy Center.
TriConnections: Fold candy boxes for organization for the disabled.
UPNet: Assist with report related to elected officials receiving off-year financial contributions.
Utah AIDS Foundation: Help with hotline.
Utah Alzheimer's Association: Help with special projects for National Alzheimer's Disease Month and the annual gala.
Utah Council for the Blind: Read, provide transportation or be a partner for group activities.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources: Fishing Club instructors needed — training and equipment provided.
Utah Food Bank: Work on development committee for a "Kid's Cafe."
Utah Foster Care Foundation: Be a foster friend, tutor or mentor parent, or provide relief care for a child with special cultural, religious, educational and medical needs.
Utah Legal Services: Perform initial client interviews.
Utah State Library: Record books on tape, repair audio equipment, inspect books as they are mailed.
Utah State Park: Assist in research, update database and general office work.
Village Project: Mentors needed on one year commitment for delinquent, neglected and abused youth.
Vista Care: Share talents in music, art, crafts, gardening, reading, etc. Also need marketing and office support.
Volunteer Center Vista: accepting applications for a paid vista position with educational stipend.
Volunteers of America: need groups and individuals for donation drives as well as serving evening meals to homeless teens. Also needs assistance with agency exhibits at special events.
Wasatch Reads Program: Donate books for children K-6 at Bennion Elementary School.
Wasatch Humane Society: Help with pet adoptions at PETsMART (Layton/Taylorsville) rotating weekends; also short-term foster care for dogs and cats.
Waterford Family Literacy Project: Help children and adults learn to read.
West Valley Police: Assist crime victims with references, referrals and direct assistance; provide crisis intervention.
Westminster College: VISTA volunteers needed to work in volunteer centers. Positions offer living allowance and educational stipend.
YWCA Battered Women's Shelter: Assist with landscaping; individuals, businesses and groups welcome.