The Reading for the Blind program needs community volunteers to read text books into tape recorders for blind students to listen to at a later time.
Interested volunteers must listen to a short training tape before they begin with the program. After that they can volunteer to read when they have some time. According to Michelle Thomson, program coordinator, volunteers do not need to commit to a regular shift.The reading is done at the Learning Resource Center at the Brigham Young University Library from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. Volunteers must simply call before coming to assure that a room is available.
Thomson said there are no prerequisites, except the volunteer must feel comfortable with their reading skills. In some instances, when the texts have large unrecognized words, volunteers may spell the word.
There is no age limit for volunteers. Currently, the Reading for the Blind program has both senior citizens and high school students participating. The one limitation is that volunteers with accents are discouraged.
For more information on becoming involved with the Reading for the Blind program, volunteers may call the United Way Volunteer Center at 374-8108.
Other community volunter opportunities include:
-Department of Social Services needs volunteers to help with receptionist duties. volunteers are asked to commit to a regular shift, as many hours as convenient. Volunteers help with preliminary screening of clients applying for government assistance and direct them to appropriate workers.
-Volunteers are needed to help handicapped adults with nightly recreational and social activities.
For further information on these and other volunteer opportunities, call the United Way Volunteer Center at 374-8108.