Kids on the Move is in need of volunteers to help with yard work, cleaning, making quilts and other activities.
Kids on the Move serves infants and toddlers, up to age 3, who have disabilities or developmental delays and who live within the Alpine School District. Kids on the Move also provides support and classes for siblings and parents of disabled children.On the first Saturday of each month, volunteers may help with weeding or other yard work, cleaning and disinfecting toys and equipment.
Individuals may assist teachers by preparing visual aids, songs or by painting and laminating teaching supplies. Teachers also need help organizing files and paper-work. Patterns are available for volunteers who would like to make `C-pillows,' specially designed pillows used in physical therapy.
Groups interested in making and donating baby quilts are encouraged to contact Kids on the Move for specific details.
Other volunteer opportunities are available throughout Utah County. Some of these are listed below.
- Answer phones for Crisis Line. Crisis Line of Utah County is looking for mature volunteers to answer hotline calls from people who are in crisis. Volunteers will provide a listening ear and will talk to people who call Crisis Line for help with serious problems. Crisis intervention includes information and referral services for homeless people, suicide prevention, rape intervention, help for those in abusive relationships and confidential listening. Training is provided and volunteers may set their own schedules but are asked to commit to a three- or four-hour block each week. Volunteers are especially needed between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day.
- Help teens at the Heritage School. Heritage Junior and Senior High School, a residential treatment center for teens, is in need of adults, ages 19 and older, who are willing to help teens learn empathy, responsibility, maturity, and how to deal with emotional issues. Volunteers will also help tutor and mentor teens in academic skills and participate with teens in various recreational activities.
- Serve as a mentor at a Youth Detention Center. Adults, ages 21 and older, are needed to serve as mentors to troubled teens at Slate Canyon Youth Center. Adult volunteers work one on one with teens and are asked to commit to at least one hour a week for one year. An application packet is available and training is provided for all volunteers. Slate Canyon is also in need of reading books and twin-size quilts, yarn to make afghans, a quilting frame and sewing machine.
- Help sort food at the local food bank. Utah Valley's Regional Food Bank is in need of groups of 10 or less and individuals to sort and stock food shelves for families. Volunteers are also needed to assist customers with their food intake and help with nutritional classes. Volunteers need to be at least 14 years old unless accompanied by an adult, and are asked to commit to three to six months of service for two to three hours each week.
For more information about these and other volunteer opportunities in Utah County, contact the United Way Volunteer Center by phone at 374-8108, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), or visit the United Way of Utah County Web site (www.unitedwayuc.org).