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Share expertise with new parents

PROVO — Individuals who have experience in parenting, child care and development, health care or family therapy are encouraged to share their skills as home visitors for the Utah County Success By 6 Welcome Baby program.

As a home visitor, volunteers teach first-time parents important parenting skills and provide their child with a healthy future. Home visitors can be parents, grandparents, students or health care specialists. The Welcome Baby curriculum is centered around topics such as infant development, proper nutrition, safety, discipline, how to stimulate learning and parent-child relationships.

Volunteer participants are asked to be a part of Welcome Baby for approximately six months, but they are free to remain in the program up to 16 months. A six-hour training is provided.

Other volunteer opportunities in Utah County include:

Teach confidence to people with disabilities. Courage Reins Therapeutic Riding Center in Highland has opportunities for volunteers to assist disabled individuals with horse-riding lessons. Volunteers may lead horses or side walk to provide physical and emotional support for students during lessons. Volunteers also assist with catching, grooming, saddling and caring for horses, while helping students with these tasks. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one regular shift a week. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. However, children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by a parent.

Enrich the lives of non-literate adults. Volunteer as a tutor with Read to Succeed in Payson. Read to Succeed tutors teach functionally non-literate adults the necessary skills to attain a sixth-grade reading level. After three hours of training, tutors are paired with students according to personality, interests and talents and provide one-on-one attention. Volunteers are asked to serve three hours a week, and are needed particularly in the evening hours.

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