Awareness of where to help is sometimes the hardest part of being involved. Here are four links to local organizations that compile and profile current community needs.
211 Info Bank Volunteer Service Opportunities. Find quick and comprehensive lists of service opportunities in the greater Salt Lake area. Search a database for ideas, or click the local listings found on the right-hand side of the web page. Each opportunity lists the organization and a brief description of the job. 211ut.org/volunteer_services2008.htm
Don’t miss the 2009 Summer of Service challenge for youth. The 211 Info Bank is encourages youth to volunteer at least 211 minutes of their summer vacation (3.5 hours) with a local community organization. They offer project ideas, and a culminating recognition event. http://211ut.org/summer_of_service.htm
YouthLINC Local Service Directory. This big book profiles service sites where YouthLINC participants have had great volunteer experiences. Get a feel for the service by reading personal quotes. The directory also tells what the service site does, how to contact them, and what is expected of volunteers.
Don’t miss the need for professional adults to serve as Volunteer Mentors. YouthLINC needs medical professionals, social workers, educators and businessmen & women to head various committees.
Utah Commission on Volunteers. This site links to databases at smaller volunteer centers all over Utah.
United Way. This group bonds corporations and community agencies to help improve education, income and health. See a calendar of great volunteer opportunities at United Way agencies. http://www.uw.org/ (For Greater Salt Lake area. Outside this area, search for your local United Way chapter.)