The tables are stocked with dented cans, torn boxes, bags of beans with holes in them, large boxes spilling their laundry detergent, crushed boxes of cereal, and bottles and jars that are sticky on the outside but fine inside. The products have come from Smith's Food King and Associated Grocers to the Salt Lake Food Bank.

There, volunteers like Jayne Fife will sort, wipe containers and repackage food and non-food items so they can be used by needy people. Fife is the volunteer supervisor of salvage operations for the food bank.Fife volunteers almost full time. She usually works four eight-hour shifts, but if she's needed longer, she stays. She's good at the job, helping other volunteers make decisions.

Brenda Thompson, manager of the Salt Lake Food Bank, said she doesn't have to worry about this part of her operation because of the presence of such an excellent volunteer. "She makes order out of the chaos of the donated damaged food. Many needy people are helped because of her efforts. And she comes to work and stays until the job is done. She has a real commitment to volunteering and we appreciate her."

Fife has traveled around the world with her husband, who has done teaching, research and presentations worldwide. She has a masters degree in home economics and a degree in museum studies.

Moving to a new city means lots of adjustments, including making new friends and breaking out of loneliness and isolation. There is a support group that can help. For more information 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 the piano from 11:30-12:30 at care center. Flexible days.

Tap resources in the community and generate donations for abused and abandoned children. Once or twice a week.

Take phone calls concerning animals. Once a week in your home.

Over 60? Be a senior companion.

Tutor school-age children.

Befriend young mothers. 5-10 hours a month.

Bilingual? Work one-on-one with students. Training. Flexible schedule.

Conduct Bible study class at care center. Saturdays about 10 a.m.

Volunteer in hospital.

Barber needed for one-time haircut.

Adopt a resident who has no family for Christmas.

Be a volunteer receptionist.

Organize a new office. Full-time for about a month.

Help with a ball game for the visually-impaired. Saturdays Nov. 24-Dec. 15, 9-11 a.m.

Help with phone work and basic office duties for group that benefits orphans in Romania.

Help with office tasks. Training. Flexible schedule, four hours a week.

Conduct tours and explain exhibits at Children's Museum.

Work in baby room in day care center. 1-3 hours times a week for four hours.

Be an on-call receptionist. About two hours a week.

Work with children and families involved with abuse and neglect.

Help in nursing area of hospital.

Provide temporary homes for unaccompanied teenage refugees.

Drive cancer patients to and from radiation treatment. Particularly needed in outlying areas. Daytime hours, on call up to four times a month.

Volunteer at area Boys and Girls Clubs.

Tutor elementary school-age children.

Assist with city library programs. Flexible, four-hour shifts.

Be a teacher's assistant in Head Start program.

Work in crisis nursery. Daytime, two four-hour shifts a month.

Donate sewing machine, kitchen chairs and desk.

Give riding toys to shelter care program.

Provide cribs and car seats to teen home.

Give new towels, blankets and socks to YWCA.

Provide candy for holidays.

Donate ribbons, lace, candles for senior center crafts.

Give an overhead projector.

Provide warm clothing of all sizes.

Donate couch, chairs, coffee and end tables.

Give mattress and box springs.

Provide books, especially educational.

Provide beds for three families.

Donate batting and any arts and crafts supplies.

Provide a crib.

Give a dictionary, thesaurus and complete encyclopedia set to detention center.

Provide good new or used toys.