"Matt was dressed in his Scout uniform, he had a huge smile on his face and he was obviously very proud of his accomplishment."
Rita Inoway, Volunteer Center, was walking through the Salt Lake Food Bank when she spotted 13-year-old Matt Rosen. He had come to deliver signs for the volunteers there. Talking to him, Inoway discovered a young man who was generous with his time, his talents and his enthusiasm.Rosen was trying to become an Eagle Scout and he was almost there. One of the badges he sought was for community service. Then he read an article about the food bank.
Richard K. Winters, food bank director, told him they needed signs to help volunteers identify the correct place for food items in the area where salvage items are sorted.
Rosen gathered other Scouts to help him. He designed a flier and they distributed it in a designated area. Then they canvassed the neighborhood for donations, collecting $430. The money was used to purchase core board for the signs and was going to pay for the services of a professional signmaker.
When he contacted Paul Ogilvie, the painter for Dan's Foods, Ogilvie donated his time, skills and equipment. The earmarked money was instead used to buy six large folding tables.
Rosen is the oldest of four children in his family. He plans to go on to college and would like to be involved in youth programs.
If you'd like to inquire about, or volunteer for, any of the following requests, call the Voluntary Action Center of the Community Services Council, 212 W. 1300 South, 486-2136.
Volunteers 60 and older to be foster grandparents and senior companions. 20 hours a week. Some compensation.
Demonstrate good parenting skills to young single parent of three. Be a friend and teacher. Flexible hours.
Help babysit children under age 12 while parents take parenting class. Two days or evenings a week.
Call Bingo at care center. Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.
Provide evening programs at care center. One night a week.
Help young students who need academic assistance. One or two hours a week. Training.
Be a cashier at Salt Lake Community College for two weeks.
Shuttle runners after a 5K race. Need chauffeur's license.
Hand out water, be a spotter at 5K. Sept. 29.
Perform basic office duties.
Work with terminally ill patients and their families.
Teach English. Training, flexible schedule.
Be a docent at historical society. Flexible schedule.
Transport a senior citizen to copier store once or twice a month.
Good driving skills and knowledge of Salt Lake County? Pick up and deliver parts and vehicles. Flexible hours, during September.
Help with recreational therapy activities at care center.
Sort and bag vegetables for Share the Harvest. Shifts on four Sunday afternoons.
Be cashier at hospital snack bar. Tuesday and Thursday shifts.
Drive blind adults to doctor and dentist appointments.
Deliver meals to the elderly. Flexible schedule. Some transportation provided.
Bilingual translators to help schoolchildren. Flexible hours.
Be a docent at Children's Museum. Training.
Give information to tourists.
Help at Red Butte Gardens Arboretum.
Teach crochet at care center.
Be a docent at Museum of Natural History.
Help with Very Special Arts Festival. Sept. 27-18.
Non-radical environmental group needs volunteers.
Transport food for the Salt Lake Food Bank. Must have a pick-up truck.
Teach cooking class for senior citizens.