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World Folkfest Host Families

The World Folkfest is the largest international dance festival in the United States. Dancers come from all over the world to perform. We are looking for host families to provide room, food, some travel and some entertainment for one week. The dancers arrive on July 29. Performances each night and some activities during the week. They leave on August 5. Contact Elissa Johnson at 801-7876530 or email folkfesthostfamilies@gmail.com.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Utah County

We are always in need of volunteers who want to make a difference by engaging with our community’s young people. Volunteers will help youth with their homework, oversee various Club activities, and be someone the youth can look up to. We ask for a commitment of at least one hour a week for a minimum of 3 months. Email volunteer@bgcutah.org.

Project Read

Project Read offers one-on-one tutoring for functionally illiterate adults in Utah County and changes lives through literacy by empowering individuals, strengthening families, and building community. Volunteering in a Literacy Lab is flexible — there is no weekly/monthly time commitment and volunteers can choose which labs they attend Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 12-1:30 p.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. Volunteering as a tutor involves commitment to serve for six months. Meets one-on-one with a student twice a week for a total of three hours. If you would like to volunteer with Project Read, contact us at 801-448-READ(7323) or info@projectreadutah.org.

The Center for Women and Children in Crisis

We need volunteers on our Rape Crisis Team and at our Women’s Shelter. By state mandate, all volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. We ask for a six-month commitment so that you can gain the most from your experience with us. Background checks are also required for all volunteers working with our organization. Training will be located at our Outreach Office: 1433 East 840 North, Orem. We love our volunteers and appreciate the work that they do in their roles. Contact Christine Pagano Rape Crisis Team Coordinator at 801.227.5038 ext. 471 or email cpagano@cwcic.org.

Welcome Baby

Welcome Baby is a free community service offered by United Way of Utah County and the Utah County Health Department designed to promote a healthy, secure and enjoyable beginning for parents, new babies and their family members. For each first visit conducted, families receive a gift packet comprised of donations from the community. We request that individuals or organizations gather or make items for the Newborn Kits. We request NEW items, no used or gently used items will be accepted. For more information and a list of supplies in the kits, contact Stephanie Anderson at 801-691-5334 or email stephaniea@unitedwayuc.org.

Circles Utah Valley

Your friendly and welcoming personality can help lower the poverty rate in Utah, currently 12.5%. Circles Utah Valley encircles local families and individuals striving to escape poverty in a community of support. Circles weekly gatherings bring families and community members together to enjoy dinner, learning and development, future planning, and friendship. All participants in the Circles community get to know and inspire each other in an atmosphere of positive support. Become a part of our Community Team. There are three different committees: Hospitality, Set-up/take-down, Meal donation coordination. Contact Hannah Noble at 801-691-5215 or email volunteerconnection@communityactionuc.org.

Mervyn S. Bennion Central Utah Veterans Home

We are a 108-bed skilled nursing facility for veterans, the spouse, or gold star parents. Lunch starts at 1 p.m. and dinner starts at 6 p.m. It would be most helpful if the volunteer were to come in a little before that time to help the resident to the table and provide anything that she might need during her meals. If you have any questions about this volunteer service, please feel free to contact Bree Solomon at 801-465-5416.

Tabitha’s Way summer food drives

Food donations are very low in the summer months and the need for food is higher than normal. In our local south county food pantry, we are feeding approximately 4,000 people a month. Its heartbreaking to see hungry families go home without food to put on their table. During the months of July and August, we are looking to support the people in our community by gathering food donations. Contact Mariela Pastrana at 801-709-8573 or email mariela@tabithasway.org.

Chris Baird
Chris Bairdhttp://www.servedaily.com
Chris is a family man with a beautiful wife and four kids. Three Girls, One Boy. He enjoys playing basketball, being outdoors, and the old normal.

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