Community Service OpportunitiesThe Y-Serve programs listed on this website are available to current BYU students only. However, the opportunities listed below are available to anyone (student or non-student).
JustServe.org is a great resource for finding opportunities to serve in the community.
The one-time and ongoing service opportunities below are not sponsored by Y-Serve. They are requests from the community for volunteers, and each volunteer should sign up on an individual basis. Contact information for volunteer coordinators is included in the descriptions below.
One-Time Service Opportunities
Utah Pasifika Festival
Date: Friday and Saturday, May 24th and 25th, 2019
Time: Friday: 10am-8pm
Place: Downtown Provo- Provo Center Street and University Avenue
Responsibilities for the Volunteers of the Utah Pasifika Festival include, but are not limited to:
-picking up trash and emptying trash receptacles
-monitoring and maintaining designated "water stations" for dancers and entertainers
-runners (delivering ice, equipment, etc to food vendors within the premises
Volunteers will be provided with lunch/ dinner and will be given a shirt. There are no pre-qualification requirements for our volunteers, we are accepting ready and willing helpers :) If interested, contact Alumita at 801-403-3327 or 270-312-3886.
Thank you in advance for your support and help with our efforts to preserve and perpetuate the Arts and Culture of the Polynesian Islands here in Utah.
Utah Lake Festival
Date: Saturday June 1, 2019
Time: Morning Shift (8am - 12pm), Afternoon Shift (12pm - 4pm), or All Day Shift (8am - 4pm)
Place: Utah Lake State Park (4400 W Center St, Provo UT)
What to expect: We are asking you to monitor and facilitate different activities throughout the festival. This may include but is not limited to: setup/cleanup, parking, kids craft stations, fishing activities, information stations, prize stations, and water stations. Volunteers receive a free tshirt and sunglasses
Utah Valley Marathon Kids 1K
Date: June 1, 2019
Time: Meet at 10:30 (Race starts at 11:30)
Place: Meet in downtown Provo in front of the Provo City Center Temple (50 E. Center Street, Provo, UT)
Looking for volunteers to help with our free community Kids 1K in conjunction with the Utah Valley Marathon. Duties will mainly be handling medals and t-shirts for the kids as they cross into the Finish Area. There are additional volunteer opportunities for the full marathon as well. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt and can sign up here: https://www.comevolunteer.com/events/12485-utah-valley-marathon-half-marathon-and-10k/volunteer
USDC Hill Celebration
Date: June 6, 2019
Place: Utah State Developmental Center (895 N 900 E American Fork, UT)
Needs 35 volunteers to watch the parade with residents and push them in wheelchairs to booths to participate in the fun and watch the entertainment. Lunch and snacks provided, volunteers must be 14 or older.
Sign up by calling Sandra Cooke at 801-763-4008
The Color Run
Date: June 7th and 8th, 2019
The Deseret First Charitable Foundation is looking for volunteers for The Color Run in June! The Color Run will donate $40 to the Deseret First Charitable Foundation for each volunteer to help soon-to-be missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with financial assistance to purchase shoes, clothing, and luggage for their missions!
Volunteer shifts are available for race check-in on Friday, June 7th and for race-day on Saturday, June 8th. Volunteers must be 14 or older, however, they may bring younger kids if they think they will enjoy the 5-hour shift. All volunteers get a free t-shirt and there will be drawings for Amazon gift cards and Deseret First swag. After, volunteers can stay for the festivities of the "Summer Bash" event with live music, food trucks, booths, prizes, and fireworks!
They are looking for 200 volunteers over June 7th and 8th. To register, volunteers can visit www.bit.ly/ColorRunProvo2019
The shifts available are:
Friday: Checkin Party (10:30-2:30)
Friday: Checkin Party (2:00-7:30)
Saturday: Race Day Check-In (7:30-12:00)
Saturday: Race Day Race Help (8:00-1:30)
Saturday: Race Day Clean Up (11:00-3:00)
The race coordinator will email all registered volunteers with details on where to meet a few days before the event.
Dairy Day 2019
Date: June 8, 2019
Place: Farm Country
Celebrate all things dairy at Farm Country! Discover the wonders of dairy by making homemade butter, riding the cow train, and playing a variety of activities! Open to visitors from 10 am to 4pm.
Come volunteer to help with a variety of activities centered around the dairy industry and help children and families gain a better understanding where our food comes from.
Volunteers will be assisting with a variety of games, activities and crafts based on the dairy industry.
Volunteers will check-in and will be under the direction of the designated Volunteer Coordinator for this event (TBA)
Volunteers should dress in tan/khaki bottoms and white tops, wear good closed toe shoes and wear your Thanksgiving Point ID badge.
Please bring with you a refillable water-bottle.
Any questions can be directed to Lindsey McBride at LMcbride@thanksgivingpoint.org
Current Thanksgiving Point Volunteer can login to their Volunteer Information Center Account and sign up today!
American Fork Race Against Cancer
Date: Thursday June 20 - Saturday June 22, 2019
Place: Art Dye Park - 1000 N 550 E American Fork
They need help assembling and distributing packets, as well as doing activities with children and guiding runners.
Volunteers can register at https://www.brooksee.com/afc/volunteer
Fairy Tale Festival 2019
Date: June 22, 2019
Place: Ashton Gardens (just west of the Fragrance Garden near Monet Lake, just like Tulip Festival and the same place as last year's activities), but we may make location changes prior to the start to make it more festive, so please watch your emails for updates.
All volunteers will check in with the Education Staff Member on duty (TBA) at the main desk the Gardens Visitor Center at Ashton Gardens at the beginning of their shift.
Volunteers should dress in fairytale costume or in our standard tan/khaki bottoms, white shirt, good closed to shoes and your Thanksgiving Point ID badge.
Volunteers are recommended to bring with them a refillable water bottle, sunscreen and a hat.
For more information please contact Lindsey McBride at LMcbride@thanksgivingpoint.org
Date: July 2 - July 4
Time: 7/2 : 5-7pm
7/3 : times between 8am-6pm
7/4 : times between 6 - 11:30am
Place: Provo Rec Center and Kiwanis Park
Opportunities include packet and supplies prep, set up, handing out fruit and medals, helping with activities, and clean up.
All volunteers receive an awesome volunteer edition of this year's racing shirt. The minimum age for volunteers is age 11.
Volunteers with assignments that don't conflict with the race may receive one free race registration valid for volunteer use. IF YOU PLAN TO USE A FREE RACE CODE, PLEASE SIGN UP FOR AT LEAST 6 HOURS OF VOLUNTEERING.
Ongoing Service Opportunities
Spanish Translating Health Volunteer Opportunity
The Midvale Health Clinic serves low income patients in our community. Volunteers are needed who speak fluent Spanish to help translate for Spanish-speaking patients.
It is an amazing opportunity to use Spanish to help the community, gain experience with healthcare, network, and/or discern the right career path. The translators get to work with the attending physician, medical students, nutrition students, pharmacy students, and our pharmacist. We also work with PT and nursing students on diabetes night. Students can volunteer anywhere from once a month to every week, it is very flexible. The only requirement is to be fluent in Spanish (Junior or Senior in high school or college student) and excited to learn!
Here is the link with our sign up, hours, and other details. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e4aaeab2ca1f85-midvale
If you are interested, you can contact Sarah Nguyen at email@example.com
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
United Way of Utah County is currently recruiting volunteers to help with our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. This program provides free tax preparation help to individuals and families who make less than $55,000 a year. Each year, approximately $4.7 million in tax refund dollars is returned to our community thanks to these great volunteers. No previous tax experience is required; we provide all necessary training.
This is a great opportunity for students to get some hands-on experience with community impact work, and it also gives them a chance to build their resumes by becoming IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-691-5371
Help Make Religious Education Tools for Children
Looking for volunteers to help produce activities, tools, and lesson materials for teaching young children about the gospel as well as reading, writing, math, etc skills. These can be given to help parents with teaching FHE lessons, keeping children behaving well during church, and empower parents to teach children the gospel and skills in their own home.
If you are interested, please call or text Tiffany at 208-351-2893.
Lehi Senior Center
The Lehi Senior Center is seeking volunteers to help teach classes and clubs for the seniors of Lehi City. The class can be held once a week at the Lehi Senior Center (123 N Center St. Lehi, UT 84043) on whatever day works best for the volunteer. Contact Corinne Mayberry at 385-201-2349 or via email at email@example.com for more information on volunteering! Or click the link to see the many program options: https://goo.gl/forms/n4emUvAXadFBkxW02.
Crisis Respite Nursery
Come play with children in our Crisis Respite Nursery!
Our Crisis Respite Nursery provides a safe place for children ages newborn to 11 years old. Families use the nursery for a crisis such as a medical emergency, death of a family member, a mental health crisis, or if a child is at risk of experiencing abuse, neglect, or trauma. The nursery is most often used for respite reasons (a break). This includes a parent or guardian needing to attend a therapy appointment, support group, court hearing, doctor appointment, or a job certification class or interview--or just feeling stressed and needing a break.
Once the children enter the nursery, we want them to feel safe and simply play and be a kid. As a volunteer, your main responsibility is spending one-on-one time with the children. We expect you to play with them and have fun with them.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
Volunteers attend a 90 minute orientation where a background check will be filled out and mailed to the Dept of Human Services Office of Licensing. You MUST pass a background check in order to volunteer. This can take 3-5 weeks to process. You may volunteer once before the background check clears, but then must wait to schedule additional shifts until you are notified it has cleared. Background checks will cost the volunteer $38.25, but can be reimbursed after 20 hours of volunteering.
Once it has cleared, you will be expected to set up at least one consistent weekly time to come (usually a 1-2 hour shift). That way we can expect you the same day and time every week. These shifts are scheduled with our Nursery Coordinator and can be any day/time when the nursery is open.
You must commit to help a minimum of 20 hrs. Depending on your availability, this minimum requirement can be done within 3-4 months, but we would greatly appreciate volunteers who are able to help longer periods of time.
Our Volunteer Coordinator holds at least one orientation a week. However, please note that Saturday or Sunday orientations are not available. To schedule an orientation, contact our Volunteer Coordinator by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 801-229-1181. You can also visit our website for more information about all of our services: www.uvfamilysupport.org.
Court Watch Volunteer Opportunity
CourtWatch is looking for people who value the power of community and wish to address important social issues. Volunteers strengthen trust in the judiciary and awareness in the community by observing and collecting data on court proceedings dealing with domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.
Volunteers spend 3-4 hours each month observing court proceedings in Provo. No prior knowledge of the legal system is required, and training is provided.
Learn more and volunteer at facebook.com/cwprovo
Melody Maker Volunteers
Thanksgiving Point Explorers (staff) will lead an interactive musical experience for families of children averaging 6 years and under.
Volunteers will assist Thanksgiving Point Explorer in the following areas:
-Program material set-up and prep
-After reviewing Explorers music set for the day, assist with music on iPad and Speakers if needed
-Announce program details and direct guests to program area in venues about 15 min prior to program start time
-Greet guests and assist in creating a welcoming environment
-Manage large crowds as needed
-Follow Explorer in role modeling singing and dancing for children and families
-Play and engage with children and families
-Give out props and instruments to guests as directed by Explorer
-Collect props and instruments from guests as directed by Explorer
Current Thanksgiving Point Volunteers can login to their Volunteer Information Center Accounts and sign up for this activity.
Times & Locations: Tuesdays at MONC from 10-12pm & Thursdays at Farm from 10-12pm
It is requested that we have 1 Volunteer per 2-hour Melody Maker shift. Preferred- 2 volunteers committed to 4x a month or 4 volunteers committed to 2x a month, and it is our sincere hope that we will have volunteers willing to make a regular commitment to this wonderful activity. Volunteers will report to the Education Staff Member on Duty for this activity. At MONC please check in at the main desk and ask for directions to the Melody Maker location for that day. At Farm Country please check in at the main desk and ask for directions to the Melody Makers location for that day (usually in the main building, but sometimes out in the classroom or barnyard.
Volunteers should dress in our standard day wear of tan/khaki pants and white shirts with good closed toe shoes and your Thanksgiving Point ID Badge. You are welcome to bring a refillable water bottle along with you when you volunteer.
If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Amber Thomas, 801-768-7475, email@example.com
Habitat for Humanity
Volunteers needed to help build, renovate, and repair homes with low-income families in Utah Valley. No construction experience necessary! Habitat for Humanity provides all tools, materials, and personal safety equipment. Volunteers (age 16 +) may be framing, landscaping, hanging drywall or siding, painting, or doing finish work. Crew Leader and Site Host positions are also available. In addition, Habitat has service opportunities working at the Orem or Spanish Fork ReStores. Interested individuals, or groups of up to twelve, please call LeAnn at (801) 344-8527 x105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We provide opportunities for college students to tutor kids in developing nations. No past tutoring experience is required. The tutoring takes place through Skype for an hour a week, with many available times throughout the week. If interested in volunteering, please email email@example.com.
The mission of Invictus Institute is to bridge education gaps in developing nations by pairing students in said nations (Haiti, Ghana, India, Kenya, Mexico, Philippines, Samoa, Uganda, etc.) with stateside tutors. The tutors review with the student the school subjects as well as help them improve their English and learn good citizenship.
Help Individuals through Hospice
A local hospice organization is looking for volunteers. Volunteers would spend time with individuals currently receiving hospice care. Volunteers would provide comfort, and companionship to these individuals through their visits for an hour or more a week. A weekly commitment would be ideal, but any service would be greatly appreciated. For more information, or if you are interested in volunteering contact: Diane Cobbley at (801) 798-5333 OR firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer at the Best Friends Veterinary Clinic
Volunteers needed to help behind the scenes in a veterinary clinic. Volunteers will draw up vaccines, inform clients about their pets, prep surgical equipment, and more. Our clinic is looking for volunteers over age 18 who are interested in veterinary services, animals, or just a new and fun opportunity. This is an individual volunteer opportunity, not a group opportunity. If interested, contact Lindsay Hooker at (801) 574-2423 OR email@example.com
Orchard Park Post Acute Rehab
Come serve at Orchard Park Post-Acute Rehab! There are great opportunities to serve individually or in a group! Experience one-on-one visits with residents, including reading to them, chatting with them, singing to them, helping them write a letter, or even taking a stroll with them outside. You may also come as a group to help play Bingo, participate in a craft activity, or play card/board games with the residents! We also love music, so we welcome you to share your musical/dancing talents with us! All talents are welcome! Please email or call before you come. Our Activities Director/Recreation Therapist is Jessica Nield. Call (801) 224-0921 or send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Thank you so much!
Grandfamilies of Utah County, a program of Wasatch Mental Health
Grandfamilies is a support and education program designed to help individuals and families raising a relative's child/ren. We offer adult, teen (ages 13-17), and children (ages 4-12) classes where the groups learn how to adjust to their new situation. Volunteers will work directly with the teens and children by supporting the staff member. They will also help with logistical details during the adult class.
Grandfamilies offers four sessions per year, in January, April, July and October. Each session runs for 10 consecutive Thursdays, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. Classes are held at 1161 East 300 North, Provo.
Anyone interested in volunteering must complete a Volunteer Orientation at Wasatch Mental Health prior to volunteering. Check out the volunteer orientation dates at www.wasatch.org and then click on the ‘Get Involved’ tab.
Service Projects at SCERA
Service projects at SCERA Center for the Arts are available for families, scout groups, youth groups, church groups and civic organizations. We can design a project to fit your group - large or small. Currently, we are looking for people willing to help us beautify the outdoor courtyard gardens at the SCERA Center for the Arts by weeding and planting. Call Shawn Mortensen at (801) 225-ARTS ext. 1025 or email@example.com to find out more.
Utah County Children's Justice Center
By way of introduction, the CJC is a homelike facility, which serves children and families who are experiencing the crisis and chaos that come with the disclosure of significant physical or sexual abuse of a child. The function of the CJC is to reduce the trauma of the child abuse investigation, and help the child feel safe to reveal the truth.
Several volunteer opportunities are available: the Victim Assistance (mentor) program, the Onsite Victim Support program, the Children’s Groups program, and the Family Justice Center. All programs involve spending time with children.
1. A Victim Assistance mentor’s role is to be a friend, a positive influence, and a reliable and consistent presence in the life of a child who has been through an abuse investigation. A Victim Assistance mentor is paired up with a child to work with, one-on-one, on a weekly basis, for six months. A Victim Assistance mentor is encouraged to participate in fun and healthy activities with the child. New Victim Assistance mentors are required by the state to attend 40 hours of volunteer training. Three mentor trainings are held per year, in February, May and September (on designated weeknights and Saturdays). IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, please email your name to firstname.lastname@example.org and information will be sent you about the next training sessions.
2. The Onsite Victim Support program involves spending time with many different children while they are visiting the CJC. The volunteer agrees to come in for one two-hour shift, once a week, on the same day and time each week. (Shifts run from Monday-Friday between 8 am and 6 pm). The volunteer plays with and talks to children who are here for interviews and medical exams. This position requires a four-month commitment and a one-hour orientation. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, please send an email to email@example.com about which shift works with your schedule, and to set up an orientation day and time.
3. The Children and Teen Groups, led by licensed clinical therapists, are held Tuesdays, 3-8 pm and Thursdays, 5-8 pm. The groups teach skills in a light-hearted atmosphere. Volunteers set up rooms, sign in families and help with children during group sessions. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, please contact Kelli Stout at (801) 851-2433. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
4. The Family Justice Center is a one-stop location that offers information and services to local families including legal help, victim advocates, emergency food and housing, and social workers. Volunteers working toward a bachelor’s degree in the behavioral sciences are needed every Tuesday from 4-8:30 pm. There is a special need for Spanish-speaking interpreters. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, please contact Amberly Bateman at (801) 851-8549. (email@example.com)
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (801) 851-8504.
Center for Women and Children in Crisis
Collect and donate items for women and children. Contact (801) 374-9351.
Grandfamilies of Utah County
Grandfamilies of Utah County is a support, advocacy, educational, and crisis intervention program for kinship families. They focus on providing information and support to these families so they can meet their children’s safety and permanency needs. For more information you can visit their website at www.grandfamiliesuc.org
Please contact Cari Gilbert for specific orientation details at either (801) 852-4491 OR Grandfamiliesuc@wasatch.org
LDS Humanitarian Center
Produce items the Church distributes to needy people throughout the world. Deseret Industries has a Humanitarian Service room where volunteers may learn more about humanitarian service projects. The LDS Humanitarian Center is currently in need of new quilts. Guidelines for quilts can be found here.
For more information, visit http://lds.org/service/humanitarian/help?lang=eng
If you have questions, you can contact Humanitarian Services by phone at 801-240-1201 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Slate Canyon Youth Center
School bags, hygiene kits, blankets, move-in kits, birthday/treat bags, and baby items are needed. Contact Tava Lino to schedule volunteer times. firstname.lastname@example.org. (801) 342-7840. She prefers email.
They welcome any and all donated blankets for first time mothers. Contact Stephanie Anderson (801) 691-5320. They also need the following items: Receiving blankets, booties, caps, onesies, books, and bibs. Only new items can be accepted. They also need volunteers with child development background or other mothers for in home visits. This is a six month commitment and would include going to talk to new moms about child development, nutrition, etc.welcomebabyuc.org
Backpacks are needed for a school in Central America. The school is in need of backpacks for the children. To donate any new or used backpacks please contact Roger Ollerton at: (801) 228-8681 OR email@example.com