Christmas was brighter for at least three programs because of Don and Nina Chambers.

They arranged a party for the Women in Jeopardy program at the YWCA. They did the same for Alliance House, which serves the chronically mentally ill. And they delivered some of the nearly 300 monthly food boxes that are taken to homebound elderly people by the Salt Lake Food Bank.They have been doing this for the past three years. Brenda Thompson, manager of the Food Bank, says that they are very reliable and have delivered many boxes to lonely, homebound people.

Don and Nina are retired and spend many hours trying to help those who are troubled or lonely. They are a cheerful couple with a great deal of energy. They say that volunteering gives them more than they give. Margaret Currin, director of the Alliance House, says that she doesn't have to worry when they arrange activities because they take care of everything.

Volunteering is a year-round thing for them. They aren't sporadic; they care year-round.

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.

Grandparents are needed to help in group homes with activities, school programs and to work one-on-one with troubled teenage boys. Flexible times.

Provide musical entertainment to rehab unit.

Teach English as a second language to children. Training. Flexible hours.

Hang wallpaper in one room for Youth Services. About four hours.

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.

Tutor school-age children.

Befriend young mothers. 5-10 hours a month.

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 local care center.

Assist with recreational therapy activities.

Pick up food two to four times a month for local food pantry.

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.

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

Befriend young mothers.

Donate sewing machine.

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.

Donate yarn for support group projects.

Give baby items for adolescent parenting program.

Donate live or silk plants.

Provide quilts or blankets for twin-size beds at detention center.

Provide beds and dressers.

Donate a couch, kitchen table with five chairs.

A vacuum cleaner is desperately needed by an elderly, bedbound woman.

Give books, especially large print.

Provide beds.

Donate book cases, quilting frames and bingo games for senior center.

Provide a record player to low-income couple.