How do you know when that charitable telephone solicitation is legitimate or not? There are guidelines available to help you answer the question. 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. 1300 South, 486-2136.Answer phones, provide adoption information, type, etc. Training. At least 4 hours a week.

Help small children cross the street before and after school.

Answer telephone adoption questions. Flexible times, training.

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.

Tutor elementary-age children with basic subjects.

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.

Read to blind adults. Flexible times.

Conduct glaucoma and lazy-eye screenings.

Be managing director of small, non-profit 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.

Volunteer plumbers, handymen, electricians, painters, etc., needed to help with minor repairs for handicapped individuals or senior citizens (all low-income) in Salt Lake County. Volunteer will be on-call and times are very flexible.

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, bedbound woman. The vacuum is needed desperately.

Provide books, especially large print.

Donate beds.

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.

Provide small kitchen items, household items for teen home.

Donate infant clothing.

Give furniture.

Provide window curtains and shower curtains.

Give household items and furniture to families leaving homeless shelter.

Apple IIe or IIc computer needed for adoption program.

Provide a double bed.

Donate washer and dryer in good working condition.

Baby crib, supplies and clothing needed.

Stroller needed for young mother.