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The Family Support and Treatment Center is looking for volunteers to work in their crisis nursery and to sponsor children by providing basic supplies. The center helps families and children who are at-risk of abuse and neglect through crisis intervention, treatment, and prevention.

The treatment center offers individual, group, and family therapy for victims of abuse; holds free parenting classes; and conducts school presentations to help prevent abuse in the community. Volunteers are needed to sponsor children for school supplies or other basic items. The center is also collecting canned goods and clothing for young children, between the ages of 3 and 5, to help families that are temporarily in need.

The center's Crisis Nursery also needs volunteers. The nursery is designed to provide a homelike environment where parents can bring their children during a particularly stressful situation. The nursery is intended to serve as a resource and prevent abuse or neglect. All volunteers working with children should be willing to commit to ongoing service of at least three to four months and complete a background check.

Other volunteer opportunities in Utah County include:

Act as victim advocate. The Orem Department of Public Safety needs volunteers to help victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes in Orem and Vineyard. The department needs volunteers who would attend court hearings and track cases through the criminal justice system. Volunteers are needed Mondays through Fridays at various times between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and should be willing to work at least two hours a week. Volunteers must be at least 18 and pass a standard background check.

Assist 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 in Utah County's Success by Six program. Home visitor volunteers will partner with Utah County health nurses and make hospital visits to new parents following the birth of their baby.

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