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 CSC 211 Information and Referral at 2-1-1 or 1-888-826-9790 or visit the Web site at www.informationandreferral.org.
211 Info Bank: Help educate the public about 211 at resource fairs and community presentations. Flexible schedule.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate): Be an advocate for abused or neglected children. Must be at least 21, pass a criminal background check and commit to one year of service for about 10-15 hours per week. Training held March 23.
Courage Reins: Therapeutic horseback-riding program for the disabled needs volunteers to lead horses, provide support to disabled students and care for horses.
Crossroads Thrift Store: Desperately needs clothing, kitchen and housewares.
Girl Scouts of Utah: Adult volunteers needed 1 1/2 hours per week for six weeks to work with girls in Title I schools, $7 membership dues required.
Homeless Youth Resource Center: Donations of hygiene products, sleeping bags, thermal underwear, hand warmers, backpacks, sewing kits, bus tokens and calling cards are needed. Also, volunteers to serve dinner Friday nights and help with general office work.
Kid's Cafe-Utah Food Bank: Prepare, serve and clean up meals for at-risk children Monday-Friday, two- to three-hour shifts.
Literacy Action Center: Teach English-speaking adults to read. Training provided.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Make friendly visits and/or do service projects, such as painting, spring cleaning or yard work, for at-risk seniors.
No More Homeless Pets: Donate pet food, brushes, animal carriers, paper towels, cat beds, chew bones, Polaroid film and carpet samples.
Rocky Mountain Hospice: Assist patients and their families with respite care, running errands, taking patients for walks, providing massage and music therapy and simple visiting; 12-hour training provided.
Salt Lake County Aging Services: Volunteers age 50 and over needed to provide companionship and respite services for families taking care of elderly loved ones at home, 10-hour-per-week commitment. Small living allowance and education award available. Also need volunteers for the ombudsman program, providing advocacy and a voice for seniors living in long-term care facilities. Training begins April 4.
Salt Lake Regional Medical Center: Many opportunities available.
Senior Transportation: Need drivers 21 years of age or older to provide transportation for seniors.
South Valley Sanctuary: Donate pasta and spaghetti sauce, macaroni and cheese, jarred baby food, bath towels, dish towels, diapers, batteries, phone cards, suitcases.
Swaner Nature Preserve: Various projects available, individuals and groups welcome. Located in Park City.
Tracy Aviary: Teach youth 13-18 about aviary science. Orientation March 29.
Utah Museum of Fine Arts: Need motivated volunteers for the Edward Hopper and Urban Realism traveling exhibition. Greet and orient visitors and help answer general questions, four-hour-per-week commitment needed for the duration of the exhibit.
Utah Tech Corps: Refurbish computers to be placed in schools throughout Utah. Need to be technologically literate and have previous experience in the field.
VistaCare Hospice: General office assistance needed three to four hours a week.
Wasatch Community Gardens: Help cultivate potted plants, maintain garden areas and help with youth program. Individuals and groups welcome.
Youth Service: Bilingual Spanish-speaking volunteers needed to assist clients accessing clinical services. Duties include translating for therapists, making calls and assisting with classes. Must be 18 or older and pass a criminal background check.