Chris Unander, coordinator of volunteers for the Blind Center, is blind herself. She has the support of a volunteer, Mary Ruth Haslam, and says she doesn't know what she would do without Haslam's help.
Haslam has been at the Blind Center for about 28 months. She comes in every week. Unander describes her as faithful and skilled - two valuable qualities in a volunteer. Unander can plan her week knowing that Haslam will uphold her volunteer commitment.Haslam used to be a secretary for a board of education and for a short time did work at the Blind Center. She has returned, she said, because she likes people and likes to help people. As is the case with many volunteers, she helps at more than one agency. She also works with the Association for Retarded Citizens.
Haslam takes dictation, reads correspondence aloud for Unander and types letters for her.
"Besides her reliability and skills, Mary Ruth is pleasant and has a cheerful nature. She brings positive feelings and a spirit of cooperation to the center. We really appreciate her," Unander said.
Flu season is upon us. Low-cost flu shots are available for senior citizens at various valley locations. To find the nearest site, call the Information and Referral Center, 487-4716.
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.
Play piano for sing-alongs at care center. Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. for an hour.
Conduct Bible study class at care center.
Visit patients, help with activities.
Answer phones, help with fund raising for drug-free youth organization.
Help compile clippings, certificates and other memorabilia for New Hope Center's scrapbook.
Help American Cancer Society with basic office duties. Flexible hours, training.
Coordinate volunteer help. Schedule training sessions and volunteers.
Visit work sites with health fair. Daytime hours. Training.
Coordinate health fair volunteers.
Read to a blind student. Once or twice a week.
Help older residents with letter writing and reading personal mail.
Tutor school-age children. Training provided. Two-hour shifts.
Be a "special reader" in high school English department.
Help parents who call about child care. Training, one to three hours a week.
Match special needs children with new parents. Training. Volunteers needed Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
Work in Birthright office. Training, flexible schedule.
Volunteers 60 and older to be foster grandparents and senior companions. 20 hours a week. Some compensation.
Help baby-sit children under age 12 while parents take parenting class. Two days or evenings a week. Monday afternoons or Thursday evenings.
Provide evening programs at care center. One night a week.
Help young students who need academic assistance. One or two hours a week. Training.
Shuttle runners after a 5K race. Need chauffeur's license.
Perform basic office duties.
Teach English. Training, flexible schedule.
Transport a senior citizen to copier store once or twice a month.
Have 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.
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.
Be a docent at Children's Museum. Training.
Give information to tourists.
Non-radical environmental group needs volunteers.
Transport food for the Salt Lake Food Bank. Must have a pickup truck.
Provide temporary shelter homes to abused, neglected and homeless children. Maintenance fee provided.
Be a role model for an adolescent mother.
Donate red towels and blankets.
Provide beds, kitchen tables, pots, pans and dishes for refugee families.
Provide living room and office furniture.
Give riding toys to shelter care program.
Donate sewing machine, kitchen chairs and desk.
Provide twin strollers.
Give a portable radio/cassette player to YWCA.
Provide cribs and car seats to teen home.
Donate light-colored yarn, material and batting for quilts.
Give new towels, blankets and socks to YWCA.