For nearly 10 years, Salt Lake City firefighter and paramedic Barry Bonham has volunteered with the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Locally, the firefighters were the first group to help the association as it came into being.
He helps coordinate events for the agency - first locally and now statewide as events coordinator for the International Fire Fighters. He leads a Scout troop that has a member with muscular dystrophy. His knowledge and experience allows him to deal sensitively with special needs."Barry is a gentle person who cares about people and he has a good sense of humor. He arranged to bring a firetruck to summer camp; it was a hit with the children there," said David Ricketts, patient services coordinator.
The firefighters recently raised funds to buy a motorized hospital bed for the association. The bed is being loaned to a woman who has little mobility.
Bonham has seen progress in MD research. Ten years ago, little was known about MD and approximately 40 related diseases. Today, gene identifiers have been found for certain types and experimental cell transplant therapy has been approved for a few cases.
Did you know that during a given week, an estimated 15 million Americans attend some kind of self-help/support group meeting? One area of support available is for people who have experienced a death of a family member or loved one. If you would like information on bereavement support groups, 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 a crisis nursery for children 12 and under. Flexible schedule.
Drive VA Hospital patients. Two-hour shifts.
Escort hospital patients around the facility. Daytime, one to three times a week.
Help with a rape crisis telephone line. Training, flexible times.
Over 50? Work with chronically ill or disabled children under 12. Four to five hours a week, training. Some transportation reimbursement.
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.
Help file records at Department of Transportation.
Be an advocate for abused and neglected children during court proceedings. Training.
Read to blind adults. Flexible hours.
Conduct glaucoma and lazy-eye screenings.
Be managing director of small, nonprofit professional theater.
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.
Visually handicapped senior citizens are needed to help others with daily tasks. Twenty hours a week. Must be over 60. Small stipend provided.
Tutor school-age children.
Teach basic subjects in drug rehab program.
Perform basic clerical duties.
Donate baby items: clothing, maternity clothing, diapers, infant toys, baby food and formula for Adolescent Parent Program.
Give live or silk plants.
Provide twin-size blankets or quilts to Detention Center.
Provide beds and dressers for low-income, single parent family.
Give a vacuum to an elderly, bed-bound woman. The vacuum is needed desperately.
Provide books, especially large print.
Give bookcases, quilting frames and bingo games for senior center.
Donate record player.
Provide infant clothing, bassinet and crib.
Give bath towels and twin sheets to teen home.
Donate infant clothing.
Provide window curtains and shower curtains.
Give household items and furniture to families leaving homeless shelter.