Amy Bosworth, volunteer center coordinator and outreach director for Utah’s Information and Referral Service, says there are many opportunities to help others and no better time to jump in than during the holidays, with their built-in giving and sharing themes. Here are 10 needs to be filled. And if, by chance, none of them appeal to you, you can look online at for others. Staffers can also help you figure out age-appropriate volunteer opportunities if you have children.

10 Brighten the holidays for the elderly

Davis County Health Department is holding a gift drive to provide gifts of a value under $50 to senior citizens who are isolated or don’t have the means to celebrate this year.

Call 801-525-5087.

9 Be a good role model
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Help with homework, serve dinner or volunteer at a YMCA of Greater Salt Lake Holiday Day Camp.

If that’s too hands-on, provide needed items, from kids coats to crock pots and cookware. Call 801-466-6299.

8 Give the gift of music

Donate instruments (guitar, bass, drums and keyboards), or fund a rock concert assembly for students at a local school this spring.


7 Provide stocking stuffers

You could stuff stockings with joy.

Juvenile Justice Services needs treat bags of Christmas stockings filled with plastic bottles of soda, candy, personal snacks, metal-free notepads, teen-appropriate books, card gams, hygiene items, DVDs and board games for teens. Call 801-284-0251.

6 Share your skills

Talented when it comes to public relations or Web design?

Eye Care 4 Kids needs volunteers to help with both. Call 801-285-5443.

5 Give your time

Got time? Sort and hand out donations for children who were removed from drug homes and now live with their grandparents.

The Children’s Service Society Santa store especially needs gift certificates, movie passes, hygiene items, games and books.

All new items, please. Call 801-355-7444.

4 Be a driving force

Refugee children from Africa need transportation to attend important workshops and to practice their traditional dance.

They also need hygiene and household items because many of the families are low/no income.

Call Best of Africa Cultural Group, 801-706-1227.

3 Donate food
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Yum. Donations of frozen turkeys, ham, boxed stuffing mix, canned fruits and vegetables, canned milk, and boxed dessert mixes are needed, so low-income families can prepare a good holiday meal.

Crossroads Urban Center will distribute them. For information, call 801-364-7765.

Feed the Poor has similar needs. Call 801-746-3333.

2 Help the Asian Association
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Provide coats, gloves and boots to refugee families through the Asian Association of Utah.

They also need diapers and hygiene products. Call 801-467-6060.

1 Provide literal warmth
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House of Hope, a nonprofit program for women and children, needs blankets, especially twin quilts and blankets.

There’s also great need for crib sheets, twin sheets, pillows, towels and dishtowels.

They need to be new, or clean and only gently used. Drop off at 857 E. 200 South in Salt Lake City.