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 1-800-250-SERV (7378) or visit the Web site at www.volunteerinsaltlake.org. For information regarding support groups, call the Information and Referral Center at 978-3333.
Alzheimer's Association: Help organize Memory Walk fund raising and other association events.
American Red Cross: Wash cars for blood donors Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 2-10 p.m. in Murray.
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary: Provide temporary foster care for animals. Also need assistance with special events and administrative needs.
Cancer Wellness House: Greet members and maintain hospitable environment of the Cancer Wellness House. Four-hour-per-week or semi-weekly commitment is preferred.
Community Action Program: Help distribute food in pantries across the valley. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
Guadalupe Schools: Help adults learn English. No special skills necessary.
Healthy Aging Program: Retired health-care professionals needed to manage blood pressure clinics and teach classes. Physical therapists needed to help seniors develop exercise programs and reduce falls.
Literacy Volunteers of America: Teach English to refugees and immigrants. Training provided.
Meals on Wheels: Deliver meals to homebound seniors on your lunch break.
People Helping People: Mentor no- or low-income single mothers. Assist with data entry in the office.
Rape Recovery Center: Provide services to survivors of sexual violence, help with 24-hour crisis line, community education and office support. Training provided.
Senior Transportation: Spend two hours a week transporting seniors to medical facilities, grocery shopping and other essential destinations.
Sorenson Multi-Cultural Center: Soccer coach needed in August for both boys and girls teams, grades one through three. Year-round boxing coach needed for boys and girls grades one through 12. Youth leader to supervise activities and field trips and a camp driver to transport homeless children from the shelter to various activities (vehicle provided).
Tree Utah: Individuals or groups up to 100 needed to water native seedlings along the Jordan River Monday through Friday mornings.
United Way: General office assistance needed.
Utah Food Bank: Businesses needed to participate in the Summer Business Food Drive. Also need volunteers to sort and repackage food Mondays through Thursdays noon to 9 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Volunteers of America: Do weekly yard maintenance for Transitional Home for homeless youth, or be on call to pick up and transport furniture donations to individuals served by the Transitional Housing Program.
The Volunteer Center: Donate yarn.
Volunteer Wetlands Monitoring Program: Monitor birds, vegetation, wildlife, macroinvertebrates, water quality and land use along the Wasatch Front. Training provided, four-hour commitment per quarter.