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The Salt Lake Olympic effort will get a helping hand from a group of young adults across the country. Two-hundred-fifty Americorps members will serve at homeless shelters and food programs.

The old Serta Building will serve as an overflow shelter during the Olympics. And as News Specialist Jed Boal explains, it will be needed.

The city expects hundreds, if not thousands of people to show up with no place to stay.

Community leaders and lawmakers Friday welcomed 250 Americorps volunteers to town. The young adults will help the many existing services provide shelter, meals and basic health care to those in need from January 15 through March 1.

Rep. Jim Matheson, Sen. Orrin Hatch and Lt. Gov. Olene Walker joined Mayor Rocky Anderson to welcome the volunteers.

Services for the homeless are numerous in our community, but, the need will grow during the Games.

"As a community we're going to show the world our personal best," Mayor Anderson said. "And part of showing the world our personal best is how much we care, how much we do for those in need."

Americorps is the domestic branch of the Peace Corps. It's members are 18- 24 years old.

In return for a year of service, the members receive a living allowance and an education award which they can use to pay for education.

Every night there are as many as 3,000 people who are homeless in the Salt Lake Valley. How many more there will be during the Games is unknown.

The community wants to make sure everyone who needs one has a bed and shelter.