Concerned community members can make a difference in the lives of abused children by volunteering as child advocates with the Children's Justice Center.
Volunteers have the opportunity to develop a trusting relationship with children who have been sexually abused. A child advocate's role is to provide support to children who are currently undergoing a child abuse investigation by being a friend and a positive reliable influence.
Child Advocates meet weekly one-on-one with a child for a minimum of six months. Thirty hours of volunteer training is offered three times each year for new volunteers. The next training begins Saturday, Sept. 23.
Other volunteer opportunities in Utah County include:
Promote peace in the community. Volunteers are needed to act as mediators and help resolve community disputes at the Community Mediation Center. A partnership between Brigham Young University's Law school and Utah Valley State College, the mediation center trains volunteers to educate members of the community about conflict resolution.
For more information contact the United Way of Utah County at 374-8108 or www.unitedwayuc.org.