Albert Rolfe is a "hopper," according to Claire McKean, nutrition program assistant for Meals on Wheels, a program of the Salt Lake County Aging Services.
He goes along with a Meals on Wheels driver about five hours a day. The driver, who is a paid employee, has a back injury and would not be able to work without Rolfe's help. He can't carry the trays. So Rolfe does it.Rolfe has been a daily volunteer since August. He has been a full-time care giver for his wife, but she is hospitalized right now. Volunteering gives his life some structure. He says it gives him a change of activity and lets him see other people.
Because of a referral from another volunteer, he learned about the needs the Meals on Wheels program has. While caring for his wife, other volunteers have given him respite and relief. He knows the value of volunteer service.
"He is a very flexible person. He is friendly and he is willing to help wherever he is needed," said McKean. "He is a valuable asset to our program."
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. 13th South, 486-2136.
Visually handicapped senior citizens are needed to help others with daily tasks. Twenty hours a week. Must be over 60. Small stipend provided.
Be an usher at Utah Symphony concerts.
Teach reading and math to elementary school children.
Befriend and visit a lonely, terminally ill man. Downtown area.
Teach in a drug-rehab program. One hour a day, one to five times a week.
Do basic clerical duties.
Special volunteers are needed for a new bone marrow transplant program. Training provided on death/-dying issues.
Entertain at a local care center.
Assist with recreational therapy activities.
Pick up food two to four times a month for local food pantry.
Help with large mailing in January.
Visit hospitals, correctional facilities and nursing homes during the holidays
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.
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 care center resident who has no family for Christmas.
Donate sewing machine.
Provide candy for holidays.
Donate ribbons, lace, candles for senior center crafts.
Give an overhead projector.
Provide books, especially educational.
Donate batting and any arts and crafts supplies.
Give a dictionary, thesaurus and complete encyclopedia set to detention center.
Provide good new or used toys.
Donate sewing supplies, magazines and books.
Provide a refrigerator of any size in working condition to MS patient.
Give small gift items for nursing home residents.
Donate yarn for support group projects.
Provide lights for Christmas trees at detention center.
Give baby items for adolescent parenting program.
Donate live or silk plants.
Provide quilts or blankets for twin-size beds at detention center.
Donate non-perishable food or small gift items for low-income elderly who have no family.
Provide beds and dressers.
Donate a couch and kitchen table with five chairs.
A vacuum cleaner is desperately needed by an elderly, bedbound woman.
Give books, especially large print.
Donate bookcases, quilting frames and bingo games for senior center.