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eNewsletter | 26 February 2010


26 February 2010

The Thayne Center welcomes four new community partner organizations:

Mentors International

The mission of Mentors International is to assist women and families in developing countries that struggle for self-sufficiency as they attain a self-reliant livelihood. This is achieved by providing enterprise activities and educational assistance such as trainings, character development sessions, counseling, mentoring, and small business loans. In developed countries, Mentors’ mission is to provide those with the means and desire to assist the impoverished with the opportunity to impact the world in a meaningful and lasting way. Mentors does this through proven and practical methods to extend a hand up, rather than a hand-out.

Are you interested in the work of Mentors International? Visit their website or contact Jenny Alama at 801.676.7776 or jenny@enterprise-mentors.org

Guadalupe Schools

Mission: We are a non-profit organization providing economically disadvantaged children and non-English speaking adults in Salt Lake City, Utah the education and skills needed to live productive, rewarding lives. Our programs include The Early Learning Center (ELC) which provides a continuum of educational services from birth through age nine and The Voluntary Improvement Program (VIP) designed to teach non-English speaking adults the language skills necessary to provide for their families and participate in their communities.

If you want to volunteer with Gaudalupe Schools, contact Silvia Garcia at 801.634.6829 or Silvia@guadalupe.k12.ut.us

No More Homeless Pets in Utah

Our mission is to end the euthanasia of homeless dogs and cats statewide and to promote humane alternatives for feral cats.

If you love working with animals, visit their website for more information, or contact Maranda Hawkes at 801.364.0370 x27

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need. The Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity seeks to accomplish this mission by developing decent, affordable homes for working families in need that will revitalize the community and eliminate poverty housing conditions.

Visit their website or contact Lynda Weed at 801.263.0136 or lynda@habitatsaltlake.com

ALSO - SLCC plans to create a Habitat for Humanity Student Club, which would have an event
or volunteer project every semester. Stay tuned! If you want more information, contact Colleen McNutt at 801.957.3148 or colleen.mcnutt@slcc.edu

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Peace Corps Volunteer Association of Utah and the Thayne Center are sponsoring a Global Awareness Lecture Series at the Main Library in downtown Salt Lake City. The purpose is to provide information about small projects around the world that are empowering people to help themselves. Projects in Kenya, Uganda, Nepal, Ghana, Thailand and with local refugee populations will be highlighted. These are not fund raising events.The next lecture is by Dr. John Shavers of Salt Lake City. He will present on Interethnic Health Alliance which is a volunteer NGO working in Uganda with orphanages and woman's groups.

Details: Thursday, Feb 25, 7:00 pm - Downtown Library @ 400 South 210 East, SLC. Free and open to the public For more information, contact Vicky Wason, returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Papua New Guinea 89-91), at vicky.wason@slcc.edu.

CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Homeless Youth Shelter Remodeling Project

Volunteers will be partnering with Home Depot and other organizations to remodel and upgrade the Homeless Youth Shelter. The group will be meeting at 7:00am on Saturday Feb. 27 at the Homeless Youth Shelter, 650 South State Street. Subway will be donating food for the volunteers. They are also doing a drive to gather sleeping bags for those homeless youth.

Contact: Carli Rackham at 801.808.7165 or Colton Johnson 801.694.4312.

American Diabetes Foundation Expo

The American Diabetes Association needs your help with the largest health fair of its kind in Utah dedicated to diabetes, healthy eating and active living.

There are volunteer opportunities in all areas of the event, for example: admission, bookstore, information booth, registration, volunteer check in, Youthzone, and many others. Expo is February 27th from 8:30am-4:00pm.

Contact: Patricia Summerhays by clicking here.

Free Kidney Screening offered by NationalKidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho
Thursday, March 11, 10:30am - 2:30pm at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center (1355 West 3100 South). General volunteers to help with registration, filling out paperwork, and other general duties. Medical assistants or technicians to help with the centrifuge, the urinalysis machine and take vitals.

Call Sharon Miller at 1.800.869.5277 for details.

Volunteer for Tracy Aviary’s Education Program!
Feathered T.A.I.L.S. Biofacts Cart, Site Interpretation, and Bird Show! Use our entertaining collection of bird artifacts to engage visitors in learning; Provide a richer experience for our guests at popular exhibit areas by revealing more about the lives of birds; Usher bird shows and assist with the pre-show; Volunteer shifts available every day of the week; Option of 2 or 4 hours, Sunday—Friday; Option of 2, 4, or 6 hours on Saturdays; Volunteer one day a week or more, depending on your schedule.

Education Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Training is required to join this program. Training opportunities take place on Friday, May 21 or Saturday, May 22 - 10:00am —1:00pm (lunch provided)

APPLICATIONS being accepted now through Monday, March 8th. Applications to the volunteer program can be found on the web. For more information about Tracy Aviary volunteer opportunities, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 801.596.8500 x109 or volunteers@tracyaviary.org.

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