It takes a leader to organize and energize a group. Dianne Randolph has provided the necessary qualities and involved her ward in causes for the homeless.
For weeks, she reminded members of the Mount Olympus 10th Ward Relief Society to bring items for hygiene kits for the homeless. She printed up lists, posted signs and made announcements. The group brought in bars of soap, shower caps, shaving cream, hand lotion, shampoo and cream rinse, sewing kits and other items. Donated money was used to buy wash cloths, razors, crayons, items for women, toothpaste, toothbrushes (some were donated) and toys for children. They included emery boards for nail care, deodorant, bandages, safety pins and bought 160 chap sticks.The 160 hygiene kits included 35 for children, 50 for women and 75 for men. They will be distributed to the Salvation Army, the homeless shelter, St. Vincent De Paul Center and the American Red Cross.
They shared a simple soup-kitchen style meal, then fixed sandwiches, vegetables and cheese to take to the Salvation Army dining hall.
Randolph and Sunny Reinhold brought the bags to the Volunteer Center.
"They were so pleased with what their organization had done. They were beaming with delight at being able to bring these kits, and they knew that they would be used. And they were obviously pleased with the cooperation they received from all the women in their group. . . . This is a good example of how one or more enthusiastic volunteers can mobilize many others. We are grateful for the creative energy that Dianne and Sunny have displayed. Our community benefits from the contributions that they mobilize," said Rita Inoway, director of the Volunteer Center.
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 phones 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 sched-ule.
Conduct Bible study class at care center. Saturdays about 10 a.m.
Barber needed for one-time hair-cut.
Adopt a resident who has no family for Christmas.
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.
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.
Work with children and families involved with abuse and neglect.
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.
Be a teacher's assistant in Head Start program.
Work in crisis nursery. Daytime, two four-hour shifts a month.
Give riding toys to shelter care program.
Provide cribs and car seats to teen home.
Give new towels, blankets and socks to YWCA.
Donate ribbons, lace, candles for senior center crafts.
Provide warm clothing for all sizes.
Provide books, especially educational.
Provide beds for three families.
Give a dictionary, thesaurus and complete encyclopedia set to detention center.
Provide good new or used toys.