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Chances to volunteer abound in Utah County

Volunteers are needed to share their talents with the Boys and Girls Club of Utah County.

The Boys and Girls Club provides after-school programs to more than 60 youths on a daily basis. Activities are organized around five core values: character and leadership; education and career; health and life skills; the arts; and sports, fitness and recreation.

Volunteers are encouraged to help with the homework lab, activity hours, reading, gym and free-time activities.

Those volunteering should be 18 years of age or older and are asked to commit to one hour a week for at least four months.

Other volunteer opportunities in Utah County include:

Teach a child to read. The Geneva Elementary After-School Literacy Program needs volunteers to tutor children in first through sixth grades. Volunteers assist children with homework and reading practice. The program currently serves 65-70 students each day. Training is provided.

Adopt a friend. Spend time with residents of Lindon Care and Training through the Adopt-a-Friend program. Volunteers help the residents meet new people and also allow for a change in their routine. Lindon Care and Training is a residential facility for individuals with both mental and physical disabilities.

Help with storytelling. Assist the Provo City Library with storytelling for various age groups of children between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon. Volunteers make a huge difference by sharing positive attitudes and enthusiasm. Community members can prepare a weekly theme for craft projects that children can take home. Training will be provided for all volunteer opportunities.

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 at www.unitedwayuc.org.