Volunteers are needed to help prepare Thanksgiving baskets for community members whose families are in need of temporary assistance during the holidays.

There are a variety of Thanksgiving programs and residential facilities throughout the community that are offering volunteers a chance to participate. Items that may be donated for Thanksgiving baskets include canned pumpkin, boxed pie crust, boxed stuffing, canned cranberries, boxed mashed potatoes, gravy mix, green beans, canned soup, canned olives, Jell-o, other non-perishable food items and various Thanksgiving decorations.

Completed Thanksgiving baskets may be dropped off at the United Way of Utah County, 148 N. 100 West.

Other volunteer opportunities in Utah County include:

Help local students succeed. The Boys and Girls Club of Utah County needs volunteers to help school children with their homework. The club's "Power Hour" program pairs a volunteer with a student between the ages of 6 and 14 to work on homework and school activities. Between 50 and 60 students participate in the Power Hour daily. Volunteers are always needed and are encouraged to commit to at least two hours of service per week through December.

Ring in the Holidays as a volunteer. Volunteer bell ringers are needed for the Salvation Army. Businesses throughout Utah County are participating in the Salvation Army's holiday donation drive by offering their premises for bell ringers. Shifts begin Nov. 14 and run through Dec. 20.

For more information about these and other volunteer opportunities contact the United Way of Utah County Volunteer Center weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 374-8108 or visit the volunteer Database on the United Way of Utah County Web site www.unitedwayuc.org.