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Help wanted for food drive, the elderly, tax preparation

On March 29 community members have the opportunity to donate food for the annual Scouting For Food Drive, where Scouts collect and deliver nonperishable food to the Timpanogos Regional Food Bank.

The Utah National Parks Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Army National Guard will join forces in the battle against hunger as they team up with the Food Bank for the annual drive.

Scouts will deliver bags throughout the community on March 22. Residents are encouraged to fill the bags with commercially packaged nonperishable foods such as canned meats, fruits, vegetables, soups, chili, stew and pre-packaged meals, cereal, macaroni and cheese and peanut butter. Scouts will deliver the food to the Timpanogos Regional Food Bank. Individuals, groups and families can volunteer to help sort and box food for families during the weeks following the Scouting for Food Drive.

Other volunteer opportunities in Utah County include:

Forever friends. Elderly residents at Art City Nursing and Rehab need volunteer friends to share their time and talents. Members of the community have the opportunity to visit the elderly and participate in activities such as reading, playing games and being a friend by walking and talking with the residents.

Help prepare income tax returns. VITA, a volunteer program of the Internal Revenue Service, is looking for skilled individuals to help prepare basic income tax returns for low-income individuals and families. Volunteers will receive training which will continue through April 15. This service will allow households who cannot afford accounting costs to be more prepared for the next year and in the future.

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.