Kindergarten students at Millcreek Elementary School know the meaning of the words love and sharing. Just ask any of them why Lorenzo Hathaway has been visiting their morning and afternoon classes for more than four years: because he loves and cares about children.
Every Monday for the past four years, Hathaway - or "Grandpa," as the children call him - has volunteered to help out at the local kindergarten. He started when his granddaughter Brittney was enrolled in the class, but when Brittney advanced to the first grade, Hathaway didn't. He stayed behind and continued to work with the kindergarten children.Every spring, Hathaway taught the children how to plant little seedlings. The children raised them and took them home at the end of the year. In the fall, he brought the children pumpkins he grew in his garden and they decorated them.
And every year, he received a number of thank-you cards from the children. When he broke his leg, all of the kindergartners signed his cast.
"Grandpa" retired from his volunteer service this summer, but the children of Millcreek Elementary School will always remember his kind and sharing attitude.
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.
Rocky Mountain Adoption Exchange needs volunteers to help take calls from those interested in adopting "Wednesday's Child." Also help in other areas of adoption process. Training.
Senior citizens needed to visit home-bound senior citizens and offer companionship.
Provide a refrigerator for a family of five.
Lend your office skills to the Arthritis Foundation three or four hours a week.
Donate a cane for an elderly woman. She needs a footed cane or a Canadian Crutch.
Be Smokey Bear at local schools. Dress up and present fire prevention message 2-3 hours a week.
Help an MS patient with house cleaning twice a month.
Deliver books to shut-ins. Flexible schedule.
Spend an hour a week befriending a man in his mid-20s.
Provide office furniture for Adult Day Treatment.
Donate a raised commode for a hip patient.
Work in U. Hospital gift shop.
Staff the information center at the City Library. Three-hour shifts.
Volunteer portrait photographers needed to help assemble portfolio for Miss Utah Wheelchair contestant.
Help match lost and found animals. Volunteer may be able to work out of their home.
Donate king-size waterbed and heater, dresser, bicycle and home canning equipment to AIDS Project Utah.
Provide furniture for a retarded woman. Also kitchen ware.
Explain exhibits at Children's Museum. Two four-hour shifts a month. Training provided.
Donate utility trailer to Work Activity Center for Handicapped Adults.
Give children's toys to waiting room of health clinic. They also need baby yarn for a handicapped mother-to-be.
Answer phone calls from people interested in adopting a "Wednesday's Child." Two-hour shifts, training provided.
Volunteer at hospital: positions in central processing, dietary, gift shop, radiology and office positions.
Donate yarn, fabric and craft supplies to drug rehab program.
Help with out-of-care-center activities.
Provide furniture for a family. Dressers, crib and full-size bed.
Assist with arts and crafts, letter writing, visiting at care center. Flexible schedule.
Work in thrift store and food pantry. Flexible schedule, and help is urgently needed.
Donate a baby crib for a single mother.
Tutor refugee children in basic skills. Flexible schedule.
Donate toys for therapy. Fingerpaints, playdough, match box cars, children's scissors, drawing paper and poster board, and games, etc.
Work four-hour shifts at hospital information desk, surgery waiting room or short-stay surgery.
AIDS Project Utah needs an IBM compatible computer and printer.
Utahns Against Hunger needs volunteers to help with pickup, delivery or distribution of "Share the Harvest" food for those in need. Flexible schedule.
Donate books for literacy program fund-raiser. Drop them at 777 S. 13th East, room 214.
Donate books to housing project for low-income senior citizens.
Read to or drive blind adults.
Help with nail care at care center Tuesday afternoons for one hour.
Help register voters around the city. Flexible schedule.
Give kitchen items to help teach blind students activities in the kitchen. Drop-leaf table, frying pans, electric stove, etc.
Type names and addresses for a mailing list one to two hours a week. Minimal typing skills.
Donate children's toys for therapy. Lego blocks, crayons, tinker toys, etch-a-sketch, puppets and live house plants.
Provide yarn for Christmas shawls to Community Services Council.
Donate extra garden vegetables and fruits to "Share the Harvest" food distribution program.
Provide clothing and toys for single-parent mothers.
Provide eyeglasses, books, magazines, canned fruit, vegetables, children's toys and men's clothing to St. Vincent De Paul.
Donate school clothing for children ages 5-18. Drop items at 802 S. Sixth East from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
The following listing is for Davis County. To respond, call 295-6677 or 295-6998.
Work one-on-one with handicapped students learning basic skills in Farmington School. Help needed from 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. They also need help with feeding from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.