Neighborhood Housing Services of Provo is planning a "Paint Your Heart Out" volunteer project Aug. 15 to revitalize homes in a Provo neighborhood.

Volunteers from the community are needed to paint the exterior of houses in Provo for people who are unable to perform the work themselves.The activity will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Provo's Pioneer Park and will end about 2:00 p.m. for most jobs but could last through dinner.

Groups of 20 are encouraged to volunteer, but individuals or smaller groups are also needed. Volunteers age 16 and older are welcome to participate.

In addition to the "Paint Your Heart Out" service project, other volunteer opportunities are available.

- Assist Kids on the Move, which serves the families of infants and toddlers with developmental delays. Volunteers are needed for yard work and cleaning projects on the first Saturday of each month. Individuals are also needed to assist teachers in classroom preparation.

- Help teens at the Heritage School, a residential treatment center for teens. Adults ages 19 and older are needed 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 will participate with teens in various recreational activities.

- Serve as a mentor at a Youth Detention Center. Adults, ages 21 or 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.

- 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 14 years of age or older, unless accompanied by an adult, and are asked to commit 3 to 6 months of service for 2 to 3 hours each week. Individuals can set their own schedules.

For more information about these and other volunteer opportunities in Utah County, contact the United Way Volunteer Center at 374-8108, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., by e-mail (, or visit the United Way of Utah County Web site (