14 January 2014

Service in the City-Volunteer Opportunities


 CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Project
On January 20th, we'll be hosting our annual MLK Day of Service Project at the Utah Food Bank (3150 S 900 W). More than 3,600 low-income seniors and persons with disabilities receive a box of food each month from Utah Food Bank through the UFB Food Box Program and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. We need teams of volunteers to deliver some of these boxes on MLK Day - this is the perfect opportunity for families, small groups of friends, or co-workers willing to split into delivery teams. After opening remarks by Mayor Becker, Youthcity and Utah Food Bank Representatives at 9:00am, you will be assigned the names and addresses of the individuals you'll be delivering to.  You will then load one small box of food and perishable items available for each person.  From there, volunteers use their own transportation to drive to each person's home to deliver the food. There must be at least two adults in each car delivering food boxes. We will make sure that any one car's deliveries are all in the same area/zip code to preserve fuel and time resources as much as possible. Please RSVP to Amanda at amanda.anderson@slcgov.com ASAP and let her know the following information:
Number of cars and volunteers doing deliveries with your group
Number of deliveries per car (each takes approximately 20 minutes)

Need Support Selling New Transit Pass
Starting in February, new transit passes will be available for Salt Lake City residents. Mayor Becker and UTA have partnered to design a new annual pass available for $360, or $30 a month (to learn more, click here). This is a great deal and will hopefully encourage even more people to protect our air quality by utilizing public transportation. Throughout February, March and April, we'll need several volunteers able to help us sell these new passes at libraries and local events. Morning, afternoon and evening shifts are available and the days vary each month. If interested in joining the team, please email Amanda at amanda.anderson@slcgov.com.
 
Adopt a Park, Garden, Crosswalk

We have a several adopt-a-space programs available through the city where we encourage citizens and communiy groups to take stewardship of parks, open spaces, and crosswalks. If you're interested in a regular volunteer opportunity - something you can do on your own or with friends once or twice a month from April - October, contact Amanda Anderson at amanda.anderson@slcgov.com. We have multiple parks and other spaces around Sugarhouse and Rose Park open to adopt. Thanks to the volunteer group below who adopted part of the Jordan River Parkway Trail, over 75 bags of trash and weeds were collected in 2013! Adopting these areas makes a huge, positive impact!

OTHER LOCAL OPPORTUNITIES
Salt Lake City is full of diverse non-profit organizations all working hard to impact our community. Check out some other fun volunteer opportunities!

Tax Assistance Volunteers Needed
Community Action Partnerhip of Utah is responsible for hosting Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites thougout the state. They're looking for volunteers to help during the upcoming tax season at the Northwest Rec Center, Sorenson Unity Center and Central City Rec Center. Some positions that are available are intake specialist, financial advocate, and tax preparer, and they'll provide all the training needed. Sign up online at www.utahtaxhelp.org.

Gentiva Support Services Needs Volunteers
Play a critical role in the service of terminally ill patients and their families by providing a variety of support services. Volunteers interested in working with Gentiva will visit patients in their homes or in facilities and will provide companionship, help with light household chores, read and play games with the patients, and help them celebrate holidays or other special occasions. This position is available anywhere in the Salt Lake County area. Must be 18 years of age or older.
Contact Skyler Vanderhoof at 801-475-5300 for more information.

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