The Family Support and Treatment Center needs volunteers to work in their 24-hour crisis nursery, helping to care for the children.
"The holidays are a particularly stressful time or year," said director Joy O'Bannion. "Parents want to give their kids a nice Christmas, but their ability is limited by their financial situation."Getting together with the entire family is also a stressful time. Many times it can create real distress," said O'Bannion.
Many times this high level of stress can cause parents to neglect or even abuse their children, either physically, emotionally or sexually. The crisis nursery is available to prevent this from happening.
Volunteers that serve in the nursery commit to work one 3-hour shift each week. They give the children the extra love and one-on-one attention that they need.
Debbie Hess, volunteer coordinator, commented that volunteers are especially needed this time of year because many of the college student volunteers are leaving Provo for the holidays, which leaves the shelter under-staffed.
Volunteers should be able to make a four-month commitment, and must enjoy children and be dependable about their commitment to work their shift.
Volunteers help the children participate in arts and craft activities, as well as care for their physical needs. Volunteers also answer the Phone Pal line during their shift. Phone Pal is a "warmline" specifically for latch-key kids who are home alone.
Volunteers who are interested in becoming a volunteer at the Family Support and Treatment Center should call the United Way Volunteer Center at 374-8108.
Other community volunteer needs include:
- The English-as-a-Second-Language program at Provo Adult School needs volunteers who speak Lao, Thai, or Vietnamese to teach English one-on-one to eastern Asian refugees. Times are very flexible and volunteers are needed for both days and evenings.
- Community Nursing and Hospice in Orem needs volunteers to help with basic office responsibilities such as answering the phones and filing. Volunteers are needed to work one 3-4 hour shift each week.
- Volunteers are needed to help with the Forgotten Patient Program at the Utah State Hospital. Volunteers can provide gifts for an individual resident, or may provide gifts which would be suitable for any of the residents, such as stocking caps and gloves, cologne, perfume, socks, underwear, and personal hygiene items.
For more information on these and other community volunteer opportunities, call the United Way Volunteer Center at 374-8108.