If you enjoy working with children and would like to spend a few hours each week as a volunteer, the Family Support Center needs you.

A United Way agency, The Family Support Center works to prevent child abuse and neglect by providing a 24-hour crisis nursery where parents may leave their children during stressful periods or while receiving counseling at the center."The nursery provides parents time to collect their thoughts and to release pressures in constructive ways, instead of abusing their children," volunteer coordinator Lori Findeis said.

Volunteers are needed to work a three-hour shift each week, taking care of the children. Findeis commented that "many of these children need special love, attention, and friendship that the volunteers can offer."

Volunteers supervise guided activities with older children at the center, and simply take care of toddlers and babies. While working in the nursery, volunteers also answer the Phone Pal line, which Findeis calls a "warm" line for kids.

Before beginning service at the Family Support Center, volunteers must attend scheduled training sessions where they learn about the issues of family violence, as well as the policies and procedures of the center.

Volunteers interested in working with the children at the center can call the United Way Volunteer Center for more information at 374-8108.

Other volunteer opportunities:

-Work as an advocate for a mentally retarded individual in Utah County by sitting on a human rights committee that meets three hours each month.

-Help handicapped adults on Saturday mornings with bowling. Volunteers need to know how to keep score in bowling.

-Help with Special Olympic swimming on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon.

For more information on these and other volunteer opportunities, call the United Way Volunteer Center at 374-8108.