The Utah Council of Volunteers honored two organizations for "exemplary acts of service through which the spirit of voluntarism is enhanced."
The Utah Archaeological Society was to receive an award for non-profit organizations from Gov. Norm Bangerter at a luncheon June 2. For-profit honors went to Rainbo Oil Co.Volunteers with the Utah Archaeological Society work in three areas: archaeological, paleontological and educational. Their tasks run the gamut from research and documentation to actual excavation and preservation, as well as presenting information and kits to school children in grades 4 through 7.
Rainbo won recognition for its "Toys for Tots" program and contributions to Utah Special Olympics. For six years, all 35 stations in the state have been collection sites for toys to be refurbished and given to needy children at Christmas. Much of the repair is done by Frank Sida, general manager, and his four children. Connie Ashby, mother of Sida's office manager, sterilizes dolls, repairs them and makes new clothes every Christmas.
The U.S. Marine Corps also received recognition at the luncheon for working with Rainbo to distribute the toys.
Last year, Rainbo donated more than $22,000 in car-wash proceeds to the Utah Special Olympics.
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.
Provide visitor information at Utah Arts Festival June 22-26.
Help out in the office of the Utah Chapter for the Prevention of Child Abuse. Light typing, answering phones, filing and mailing brochures. Flexible schedule.
Recruit and coordinate volunteers at a refugee center.
Sew buttons and do light mending at local care center. Flexible schedule, four hours a week.
Set up beverages and take them down after Utah State Arts Festival.
Help in the Community Nursing Services library.
Provide clerical help at a mental-health agency.
Work with small group of preschool children Monday or Wednesday afternoon.
Keep information up to date and help with toy-lending library.
Offer one-on-one emotional support to female teenagers 12-18 two hours a week.
Give support and understanding to troubled adolescents on a teen-talk line. Evenings, training provided.
Befriend single-parent families and help meet some of the emotional and informational needs.
Magician or clown needed June 2 at Tooele rest home, entertaining at a party for mentally retarded youngsters and elderly residents.
Volunteers needed to help with Salt Lake Regional/Urban Design Assistance team. Work a shift June 4, 5 or 6. Familiarity with Macintosh Micro Soft Word is helpful.
Donate bunk beds, dressers and electric stoves for young, low-income family.
Provide a working refrigerator.
Help tutor in basic skills in Salt Lake City School District's summer-school program, June 13 to July 22. Help also needed in after-school recreational project.
Organize and run activities for the elderly. Flexible schedule.
Transport refugee students to programs.
Provide volunteer office help to Community Nursing Service. Typing helpful but not necessary. Flexible schedule.
Answer phone calls about lost or found pets once a week or twice a month.
Befriend elderly patients. Flexible schedule.
Paint faces at the Utah Arts Festival.
Donate canes or walking sticks for homeless people who are recovering from surgery, an accident or minor injury.
Donate a toaster oven for patients' cooking class.
Shelter-Care Program needs quality donations for abused children. High chairs, volleyball net and ball, recreational equipment, toys and a porta-crib.
Donate teen boys size clothing for newly arriving refugees.
Silverware, flatware, screwdriver and hammer needed for health-care facility.
Help plant annuals, do weeding, mowing and other work at Utah State Arboretium. Flexible schedule.
Donate items for garage sale for West Valley Alliance for the Mentally Ill. The sale is June 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Donate furniture, mattresses, cooking utensils, pots and pans, wall pictures to transitional living project.
Give a baby stroller that is completely closed in on the sides for the critically ill daughter of a low-income single-parent mother.
Special Olympics needs ice skates for "skate bank."
Homeless Organization for People Everywhere needs softball equipment.