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Many opportunities to serve others

There are many opportunities to share your time and talents with others. Listed here are opportunities provided by the 2-1-1 Information and Referral at 1025 S. 700 West, Salt Lake City. For more information, visit

Utah 4-H — Share your expertise by judging 4-H State Fair exhibits. Lunch and passes to enjoy the fair will be provided. Orientation begins at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, in the Deseret Building at the state fairgrounds in Salt Lake City. For those in outlying regions, the Utah State Fair will provide mileage for carpooling and overnight lodging if needed. These are limited so contact 4-H early.

Heart & Soul — Individual performers, duos or trios who have a solid set of 45 minutes of live music from the 1930s, '40s and '50s are needed to bring music to seniors in care facilities who can't get out to hear a concert on their own.

People Helping People — Friendly and outgoing people are needed to maintain frequent contact with clients to encourage their participation in the free Successful Employment Program.

Friends of Great Salt Lake — Volunteers are needed to assist with field trips on the Great Salt Lake. Field trips involve working with children (fourth-graders) and spending approximately three hours outside at Antelope Island State Park. Trips run in fall and spring.

U.S. Dream Academy — Responsible, caring adults are needed to serve as mentors and/or volunteers for youths at risk of incarceration in a variety of capacities: homework tutor, reading tutor, Spanish tutor, helping with Girl Scouts or teaching a lesson. Volunteers must pass a background check.

Summer of Service 2009 — Youths ages 5-17 are invited to volunteer 211 minutes (3.5 hours) during the summer. Visit Youths who complete 211 minutes of service will receive a certificate and prizes at the SOS recognition awards on Sept. 10.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Utah State Chapter — As part of an effort to engage and serve people with MS statewide, the chapter will be launching "The Stand to Cure MS" throughout Utah. The Utah State Chapter of the National MS Society has partnered with Harmons and select Associated Food Stores to raise awareness and funds for MS. Families from all over Utah will join the movement and volunteer at one of 37 lemonade stands hosted by program partners from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22.

Community Shares Utah — Volunteers are needed to help with public relations for the organization and its annual golf tournament.

Salt Lake County Aging Services — Volunteers are needed in the Alternatives Program to assist low-income and medically frail seniors remaining in their home by providing activities such as friendly visiting, errands, transportation and other tasks as needed.

Center for the Arts — Ushers are needed for the Patron Services program. Ushers take tickets, check coats, hand out programs and show patrons to their seats at all events held at Abravanel Hall, Capitol Theatre and Rose Wagner Center. Ushers need to climb up and down stairs, sometimes stand for three to four hours at a time and work a minimum of three shifts per month.

Friends for Sight — Become a vision screener. Volunteers will receive training to check for glaucoma and visual acuity. Volunteers will attend health fairs throughout the state.

Our Store — Our store, 358 S. 300 East, needs help from the public. All store proceeds benefit the People With AIDS Coalition of Utah. For more information, visit