Physically or mentally handicapped individuals can find many opportunities at Recreation for All Handicapped, a United Way agency. RAH helps these individuals learn new skills and enjoy recreational activities.
Director Kathy Edwards said that RAH helps many handicapped individuals learn to use their leisure time appropriately. Proper dress and grooming standards are also taught, along with social skills.When the program began it was only for the adult handicapped, but because of demand, RAH has expanded to include all ages. Any handicapped person living in Utah County may participate.
Each week night, RAH holds an activity. Many participants enjoy the weekly swimming, bowling and other sports. They also attend cultural and community affairs.
About 450 individuals are involved. Most of the time the participants split up in small groups and are aided by community volunteers.
Kathy Edwards said RAH is in need of committed volunteers willing to spend several hours each week helping handicapped individuals. Volunteers are needed Monday through Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.
Anyone interested in becoming a Recreation for All Handicapped volunteer may call the United Way Volunteer Center, 374-8108.
Other community volunteer needs include:
-Volunteers to help place flags on graves for the Memorial Day weekend. Volunteers are needed during the evening of May 25 as well as all day on May 26 and 27.
-Volunteers with good communication and secretarial skills to spend several hours each week helping at the United Way agency.
-Community members interested in teaching reading to illiterate adults to help with Project Read, spending just two hours each week.