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Community Nursing Services, which provides health care to members of the community who may not be able to afford it, is holding its annual Art & Soup fund raiser April 23-24.

Community Nursing Services, which provides health care to members of the community who may not be able to afford it, is holding its annual Art & Soup fund raiser April 23-24.

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

Community Nursing Services
Community Nursing Services, a not-for-profit home health and hospice agency, is holding its annual Art & Soup fund raiser at the Salt Lake City Sheraton Hotel April 23-24. The event has two sessions per day: a luncheon that goes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $8, and a dinner session, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., at a cost of $10.

The money is used to fund the state-wide program that provides health care to members of the community who can’t afford it. Clients of Community Nursing Services range from pediatric to elderly patients. Organizations like local hospices, Care-A-Van and Kaleidoscope Kids also benefit from the efforts of this fund raiser.

The fund raiser will especially appeal to those who appreciate fine art and fine soups. Local artists submit their work to be judged by a jury of artists, Community Nursing Services volunteers and employees, supporters of Art & Soup, and other invited guests. The selected art is donated to Art & Soup for sale at the event or on the Web.

Artists who donate to the event will also have booths to display and sell their work. Sales from the donated pieces benefit Community Nursing Services.

Attendees of the event are also treated to signature soups and other samples from fine local restaurants.

In addition to the food and art, attendees are also allowed to vote in four “People’s Choice” awards: Artist of the Year, Soup, Non-Soup, and Most Creative Use of Space by a Restaurant Display.

The Salt Lake City Sheraton Hotel is located at 150 W. 500 South in Salt Lake City. Community Nursing Services is based in Salt Lake City, but has satellite offices in Orem, Layton, Logan, Moab, Price, St. George and Tooele. For more information, call Sheri Harrell, director of volunteers for Community Nursing Services, at (801) 233-6336.

Friday’s Kids Respite
For many parents who have disabled children, the luxury of calling a neighbor to watch a child while they attend a movie is little more than a dream. They are often limited on recreational opportunities because of the unique situation of their family.

But for parents of special needs children in Utah County, the Friday’s Kids Respite program offers the parents a chance to experience a night on the town or a quiet evening at home without worrying about the welfare of their child.

“Friday’s Kids Respite gives parents the chance to have a date, spend time with their other children, or simply run errands and have a night off,” says Shannon Sirkel, coordinator. “Without this program, families wouldn’t have the relief they need.”

The respite service features volunteers and an on-site nurse to provide care for children (up to 18 years old) with disabilities each Friday from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Parents are encouraged to take advantage of this service twice a month.

Volunteers are encouraged to interact on a one-on-one basis with the children using activities that include making crafts, talking together, and enjoying recreational activities and games.

Volunteers, 16-years-old and up, are welcome and needed. There is a training session conducted for volunteers each Friday at 7 p.m.

Those unable to donate time to the respite program can participate through the silent auction scheduled for April. The proceeds from the auction will go toward increasing the program to offer daytime hours. Donations are welcome for the auction, especially items such as quilts, homemade furniture, crafts or paintings.

For more information on the Friday’s Kids Respite program, contact the United Way of Utah County Volunteer Center at (801) 374-8108 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

YOUTH SERVICE DAY
National Youth Service Day, scheduled for April 11-13, is the largest service event in the world and focuses national attention on leadership among young people. National Youth Service Day is also an opportunity to recruit new youth volunteers while promoting the benefits of youth service to the American public.

Over the past decade National Youth Service Day has brought together more than 13 million people in thousands of communities nationwide.

For more information, contact the United Way of Utah County at (801) 374-8108 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

THE GATHERING PLACE
The Gathering Place, a non-profit local agency dedicated to preventing substance abuse, is looking for volunteers, 18 years old and older, who are able to help educate the public about substance abuse prevention. Volunteers will make presentations to the community focusing on drug and alcohol education. The organization is asking for a one hour per week minimum commitment.

“Prevention and drug awareness are areas of great need that our agency wants to address, but we need help from the community to do this,” says Dr. Sharon Kay, executive director at the Gathering Place.

Professionals at the Gathering Place make it possible for individuals to overcome drug- and alcohol-related problems through programs that include family education, family, group and individual therapy, stress management, and recreational therapy.

Fees for services are based on a sliding scale according to the patient’s ability to pay. Volunteers who work with the Gathering Place will impact the community by educating both children and adults concerning the issues that surround drug and alcohol abuse. Social, communication and public speaking skills are helpful.

For more information, contact the United Way of Utah County at (801) 374-8108 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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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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