Friends and colleagues say Jewel Benson could not have been more aptly named.
A member of the Ute Tribe, Benson is actively involved at the Indian Walk-In Center, serving as a board member, washing walls and cleaning the facility, transporting other volunteers and working in the center's food pantry office when needed. She also supports the monthly powwows by donating quilts she's made by hand to be raffled off.When she's not working at the Indian Walk-In Center, Benson is active in other causes. She helped to found the Thunderbird Alcoholics Anonymous Program. She visits Native American patients at the VA Hospital and the County Detox programs, and she is receiving training at the Literacy Action Program so she can begin an adult literacy program for Indians.
Benson, who is also a poet and author, was recently honored by the Volunteer Center as a Salute to Volunteer winner.
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.
Drive a man to dialysis at VA Hospital one to three times a week.
Teach adults to read. Training given March 11.
Provide entertainment to care center residents. Dancing, music, singing, etc.
Update adoption exchange books, work in office, three hours a week.
Work in an office two or three days.
Type, file and take minutes at board meetings.
Work in MS Society office one-half or one day a week.
Type for Youth Detention Center. Computer skills helpful.
Work on plans for Utah's centennial commission.
Help conduct weeklong library survey. Flexible, three-hour shifts.
Transport senior citizen to medical appointments twice a month.
Do data entry for KUED fund drive. Evenings.
Visit and entertain care center residents.
Do Saturday morning manicures at care center.
Supervise quilting activities.
Tutor adults. Training provided.
Help mail newsletter to single parents. Afternoon of March 16.
Be a parole aid and verify employment, treatment, collateral information, filing, etc.
Update adoption exchange books, perform office work. Three hours a week.
Teach English to a refugee.
Give yarn, fabric and batting for quilts.
Donate baby equipment and furniture to a shelter care program.
Give vacuum cleaner, snow shovel, tape recorder (to learn English), tables, chairs, dressers and cribs for newly arriving refugee families.
Donate a camera to new mother.
Provide a used hoyer lift to help elderly woman get spouse in and out of bed.
Donate baby clothes for fund-raiser. Will pick up.
Provide bookshelf, hospital bed sheets.
Give metal shelves for food storage.
Donate electric typewriter, vacuum, office desk and chair to walk-in center.
Provide furniture for seven-member family. Especially refrigerator and beds.
Give beds, table and chairs, couch, pots, pans, etc. to single-parent family.
Donate washer and dryer to single mother with four children.
Provide a vacuum.
Give television stand or sturdy table to elderly woman.
Older volunteers (age 50 plus) to work with special-needs children. Training provided.
Teach a refugee to speak English Wednesday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Lay carpet for Community Nursing Service.
Help senior citizens with medical appointments. Transportation provided.
Donate a wheelchair.
Provide large flower pots.
Self-sufficiency program needs sewing machines.
Provide television, playpen and highchairs to group home for homeless women and children. Also a basketball hoop.
Provide bath bars that fit over front end of tub.
Donate large plastic garbage cans to refugee center.
Provide a High-joh toilet extension for elderly, low-income patient.
Give used television sets, stylish clothing for newly arriving refugees.
Donate baby blankets and crib.
Provide care center residents with table games, blackboard, record player.
Donate bookshelves and books to retirement center.
Provide work pants (33 waist 31 length) and medium shirts to man in Emergency Work Program.
Give size 18 and 22 flannel nightgowns and dresses for elderly women.
Volunteer Connection matches volunteers and needy agencies and individuals in the Davis County area. For information on voluntarism in Davis County, call 295-6677 or 295-6998.