In the few months Margaret Loftus has been involved with the Wasatch Front chapter of Literacy Volunteers of America, she has had a profound impact on the program.
Loftus recently moved to Salt Lake City from Connecticut, where she was a school teacher. Over the years, she has taught every single grade and class, including shop and drafting, which fit in with her industrial arts minor.Loftus brought to Utah a strong history of voluntarism and was very active with Special Olympics. While she was becoming acquainted with Salt Lake, she learned about Literacy Volunteers of America through her son, who was in Scouts with the son of the program's director, Mary Hausen. The two mothers discovered they had a lot in common: Both from Connecticut, both former teachers with an interest in tutoring and both convinced of the importance of reading.
Loftus was "terribly bothered by youth who were not motivated to learn. It makes all the difference to have students who want to learn here at LVoA. It's wonderful."
Hausen said Loftus is "so valuable to us. She has taken over the job of office manager and that leaves me free to write grants and expand our services. She is a lifesaver. She is adaptable, willing to do anything for our agency and as an educator with experience, she gives us creative suggestions."
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 Volunteer Center of the Community Services Council, 212 W. 13th South, 486-2136.
Work in the Birthright office. Training, flexible hours.
Be a secretary for at least two hours a week.
Help with scheduled weekly activities, entertainment and bingo at care center.
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.
Visit a lonely, terminally ill man.
Perform basic clerical duties.
Teach basic subjects in drug rehab program.
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.
Do basic clerical duties.
Bilingual? Work one-on-one with students. Training. Flexible schedule.
Befriend young mothers.
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.
Donate book cases, quilting frames and bingo games for senior center.
Provide a record player to low-income couple.