Joe Sanders of West Valley City is a volunteer addict. In addition to his full-time occupation, he averages 25 hours a week doing work for various service organizations such as the American Cancer Society of Utah, the Human Rights Committee of the Salt Lake Community College, the in-school scouting advisory board, the United Way, the AIDS Task Force and Neighborhood Housing Services.
He was the first Utahn to be inducted into the American Cancer Society's National Hall of Fame, and the Kiwanis Club has honored him for his many hours of community service.He is also a volunteer at the Utah State Prison where he conducts workshops on stress management. He has a radio talk show on KTKK (AM-630), which he devotes to community and humanitarian projects, whenever possible. The radio show airs Saturdays from 9 p.m. until midnight and Sundays from 3-5 p.m.
Here are some other recent nominations from readers concerning Wasatch Front residents who make a difference in their communities by doing volunteer work or other such service:
- Phila Heimann:
This 81-year-old Salt Lake resident volunteers her time once a week at Ensign Elementary School teaching sixth-graders German. She also tutors students individually on other subjects.
- Gilbert Gooch:
Gooch, 75, volunteers his time each week for reading programs at two Salt Lake elementary schools. The kids love him. He also shovels snow in the winter and mows lawns in the summer for widows in his neighborhood. He performs countless thoughtful deeds for many of his neighbors.
- Delores Merrill:
She has been a volunteer for the past 15 years at LDS Hospital. She's rarely missed a day of service, even though she was involved in an accident at the hospital.
- Claire and Carol Larsen:
Not a day goes by that this couple doesn't offer some sort of service to a neighbor or person in need. They are always helping others - widows, the elderly - by doing yard work, sewing, fixing meals, running errands or shoveling snow.
- Emily Crump:
Crump regularly prepares meals for her sick, handicapped or elderly neighbors. She also brings presents to mentally ill people from her area on their birthdays or at Christmastime.
- Tim Metcalf:
Metcalf spends his time at the Crisis Nursery in Midvale's Family Support Center, helping infants to 10-year-olds. He is always on call and always willing to help.
- Sue O'Brian:
She cooks dinner almost every night for a friend who has cancer and the friend's family. She also assists the family and takes her friend to radiation therapy.
- Shannon Page:
She is a volunteer at the Crisis Nursery at Midvale's Family Support Center. Page has served for five years, and she'll come to assist at a moment's notice.
- Gay Treadwell:
She volunteers much of her free time teaching "Talents Unlimited and Future Problem Solving" in the Davis County School District.
- Chuck Vaughan and Merlyn Fryer:
These two gentlemen help everyone in need, especially widows, in their Bountiful neighborhood. They shovel snow, help with gardening and are always aware of special needs of their neighbors. One neighbor said they are so quiet and unpretentious that they create a special atmosphere of joy to all they meet and help.
- Quinn Spencer:
He regularly volunteers his mechanical talents in repairing household appliances for his neighbors. Spencer is an all-around handyman for all his West Jordan neighbors, and he also helps people move in or out and shovels snow. He also spends a lot of his time doing volunteer work for his church, and one neighbor called him "a blessing to the community."
- Verla Neilsen:
She specializes in assisting the shut-ins of her West Valley City neighborhood. She helps them prepare Sunday dinners and provides free transportation.
- Alf Quist:
This Salt Lake resident is always willing and looking to assist people in need, whether he knows them by name or not.
- Paul R. Clavell:
He regularly volunteers to take the garbage out to the street for some of his less mobile neighbors in Midvale. He also kept their sidewalks clear of snow this past winter. In addition. Clavell often visits a friend in a nursing home.
- Pauline Morris:
She has been a volunteer for animal control for the past several years. She helps match lost-and-found ads with pets and also helps people groom and adopt animals.
- Lois Steenblik:
She visits a local nursing home once or twice a week, singing for the residents.
- Charles and Bobbie Brock:
They are both volunteers at the Bountiful Golden Years Center. Charles delivers "Meals on Wheels" three days a week to the center, while his wife works in the kitchen and assists during quilting projects.
This couple is the only personal contact some of the residents of the center have with the outside world.
The Brocks are also active in the American Legion. They put white crosses on all the veterans' graves this past year.