Do you have skills in the creative arts - painting, music or writing? If so, New Outlook is looking for you. New Outlook, a non-profit agency that serves people who are homebound, is looking for volunteers to provide creative arts therapy.
The agency sends trained volunteers into the homes of the homebound to help brighten their lives by teaching new skills.Nancy Collier, agency director, said New Outlook's clients range from 4 to 92 years of age. "Some of our clients are elderly and frail, while others are young people who have been in accidents and are now disabled," Collier said.
Volunteers are asked to visit an assigned client a minimum of two hours each week. Volunteers also must be able to commit to stay with the program for at least four months.
Before beginning service, volunteers must receive 10 hours of training. The training sessions are offered on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings several times a month, depending upon the request.
Volunteers must have some background and skills in any of the creative arts. They may teach watercoloring, drawing, how to play a certain musical instrument or creative writing.
For example, one volunteer is currently working with an elderly blind woman who wanted to write her life history. The volunteer spends three hours each week taking notes about the client's history and then writes it on a computer.
Not only was it a great way for the client to get her life history done, it also gave her several hours of socialization during the week, Collier said.
Another case involves two small children who are emotionally disabled. A volunteer works with the children, helping them with creative art games, collages and art projects.
New Outlook volunteers must have their own transportation and be very dependable and committed.
Besides volunteer time, New Outlook also needs donations of art supplies, musical instruments and music. Outdated calendars with scenic paintings are also needed to help teach painting.
Individuals interested in the New Outlook program should call the United Way Volunteer Center at 374-8108. Other community volunteer opportunities include:
- Recreation for All Handicapped still has a need for a volunteer to fix bicycles, repair flat tires, brakes and chains. All parts will be covered by RAH.
- The Utah State Hospital needs several volunteers to teach piano lessons to several residents. The schedule is flexible.
- March of Dimes is holding its annual Phonathon May 20 through 23. Volunteers are needed to help out from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. calling residents for pledges to help prevent birth defects. This is a one-time project, ideal for groups, with 75 volunteers needed each night.
For more information on these and other volunteer opportunities, call the United Way Volunteer Center at 374-8108.