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Volunteer as an individual, family or youth group for these local causes

 

CENTER FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN CRISIS

The Center for Women and Children in Crisis is offering several volunteer opportunities for reliable and compassionate individuals. Volunteers may serve by answering hotline phone calls, by serving with the Rape Crisis Team or in the children’s center.

The Center for Women and Children in Crisis provides intervention for women who are victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. The Center helps these women evaluate options, receive counseling and establish violence-free lives. The Center provides emergency shelter, short-term outpatient counseling, group meetings, referral and support services and a 24-hour hotline.

“The Center aims to provide a caring, safe, and educationally based environment for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault,” says Kimberlee Kowalis, volunteer coordinator for the Center for Women and Children in Crisis. “Volunteers assist the program immensely by serving as good role models for the clients.”

Members of the Rape Crisis Team accompany survivors of rape to the hospital, police station and courtroom. They also provide information on community resources  including medical, police and court procedures, in addition to counseling alternatives. Volunteers wear a pager for 48 hours each month. Training is provided by local professionals.

Hotline volunteers are trained to take calls from victims of domestic violence and survivors of rape. Office and light maintenance work are also requested. Volunteers  are asked to commit to a four-hour shift each week for a minimum of six months.

Volunteers can also assist the children’s program coordinator with activities designed for the children who reside at the center. They may work one-on-one with a child, or in a group situation. Volunteers are asked to commit to a two-hour shift each week for a minimum of six months.

Call (801) 374-8108 for more information.

 

VILLA PLAYHOUSE THEATRE

The Villa Playhouse Theatre in Springville is continuously looking for volunteers to participate in a number of areas.

Volunteer services include ushering, house management, acting, lighting and fundraising. This type of service provides a wonderful opportunity to support the local community while also having a fun time.

For more information, contact the theater at (801) 489-3088 or visit www.viparts.com to fill out a volunteer form.The theater is located at 254 S. Main Street in Springville.

 

UNITED WAY

Pillows, quilts and twin-sized sheets can be used by many nonprofit and public agencies in our community.

Some of the agencies who will benefit include Community Action Services, the Division of Youth Corrections, the Family Support and Treatment Center, the Center for Women and Children in Crisis, the Children’s Justice Center and Centro de la Familia.

Gender-neutral patterns and colors are preferred.

Additionally, Kids on the Move, Welcome Baby, WIC and the Gathering Place are interested in baby quilts and receiving blankets donated to assist new parents. Please coordinate these donations through the United Way. In-kind donations can be designated to specific agencies or will be distributed to the organization that needs it most.

The United Way of Utah County Volunteer Center is a comprehensive source of information for volunteer opportunities in our community, connecting potential volunteers to opportunities where they will make the most difference according to their skills and talents, as well as have a good experience while serving.

For further information regarding these and other volunteer opportunities available in Utah County, contact the United Way Volunteer Center weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (801) 374-8108. You may also contact United Way via email at volunteer@unitedwayuc.org or search the Volunteer Opportunities database on the United Way of Utah County Web site at www.unitedwayuc.org.

 

COURAGE REINS

Enjoying the rhythmic gait of a noble steed is something more than just recreation to many of those helped by Courage Reins in Highland.

Courage Reins is a non-profit organization with the goal of improving the life of people with disabilities through therapeutic horseback riding.

Therapeutic horseback riding helps improve balance, posture, coordination and motor skills, not to mention the increase in self-esteem and feelings of independence. The challenge of horseback riding gives participants the chance to overcome fears and enjoy an activity while participating in useful physical or occupational therapy.

While the organization does much good for members of our community that are afflicted with such disabilities as autism, strokes, traumatic brain injuries and multiple sclerosis, Courage Reins is also dependent on local volunteers and donations to operate.

While the center is partially funded by user fees from students, much of the money generated for the center comes from grants from corporations and foundations, government grants, individual donations and in-kind donations of goods and services. The donations make it possible for all those in need of the services to receive assistance regardless of ability to pay.

Besides donations, whether in-kind or monetary, Courage Reins is always looking for members of the community who can donate time and service to the center.

Volunteer opportunities include greeting parents and students, grooming, tacking and leading the horses, side walking with students, horse and barn management, fundraising, public relations and transportation.

No experience is necessary for most positions and hours are flexible.

If time is short and money is hard to come by, the center is also in need of materials such as saddles, halters, lead ropes, bridles, reins, pads, wheelbarrows or trucks that are in good shape. Also, horses are always needed whether donated or leased.

Courage Reins, which is a member of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA), does all it can to minimize costs and best use donations and volunteers. Currently, over 350 local volunteers help at the center, and there is a volunteer to staff ratio of 3:1. The center aims to bless the lives of others in our community, as well as those from outside the community that come to Utah County for help.

Gifts are tax deductible and are highlighted in the center’s newsletter, Web site and “Giving Board” located at the facility.

For more information, contact Courage Reins at (801) 756-8900 or visit them at 5870 W. 10400 N., Highland.

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Greg Bennett

Greg Bennett is an editor and writer with Bennett Communications. His primary responsibilities are with Utah Valley Magazine and the company's custom publications division. He's the father of four children and has been married to his wife, Adria, for 19 years. Contact Greg at greg.utahvalley360@gmail.com.

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