Volunteers are needed at Provo's Youth Detention center, a locked facility for court-sentenced youth. Laurel Curtis, volunteer coordinator, said there are a variety of positions available.

Youths stay at the center anywhere from just a few days to several weeks, while they await placement in either a foster home, a treatment center, or more secure confinement.While at the center, they participate in schoolwork, as well as after-school social and recreational activities. Volunteers are needed to come during the day to help tutor the students in basic subjects.

After-school volunteers will help with arts and crafts, cooking, sports, games and social activities. Curtis said volunteers help by teaching and organizing the classes as well as serving as good community role models.

Volunteers are asked to commit to regular hours, serving two to three hours each week. For security reasons, all volunteers will be screened before they begin work.

Those interested in volunteering on a one-time basis may collect and donate used books. Birthday cakes are also needed to liven up the birthday for a particular youth.

For more information call the United Way Volunteer Center at 374-8108.

Other community opportunities include:

-Work four to five hours each week as a receptionist for State Social Services, answering basic questions and directing clients to the proper caseworker.

-Adopt a grandparent at a local nursing home by visiting at least one hour each week. Work one-on-one, reading or writing letters, or participate in the center's activities.

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