Resources

Community Service Opportunities

The 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

 

Garden Clean Up at Thanksgiving Point

Dates and Times: 

  • Fragrance Garden Clean Up March 25th 9:30-11:30
  • Waterwise Garden Clean Up March 19th and 26th 9:30-11:30
  • Light of The World Garden Clean Up March 20th and 27th 9:30-11:30
  • Rose Garden Clean Up March 22nd and 29th 9:30-11:30

Place: In the individual garden listed above for each date.

Com help clean up the gardens at Thanksgiving Point.

 

Light of the World Statue Waxing

Date: Thursday, March 21 and March 28

Time10:00 am-12:30 pm

Place: Light of the World Garden at Thanksgiving Point

We will be waxing the statues in the Light of the World Garden.  This involves the staff heating up the bronze with blow torches and the volunteers rubbing wax all over!!!   It is actually a lot of fun, but definitely hard work. Please meet at the Garden Visitor Center.

 

Bingo Helpers at Provo Senior Center

The Provo Senior Center located in the Recreation Center holds Bingo for their seniors every Tuesday from 1-2. They are in need of a host for Bingo (someone to call Bingo) on the following dates:

· March 26,2019

· April 2, 2019

· April 23,2019

If interested, or with any questions, contact Haylee at RecPrograms@provo.org

 

Giant Steps Activity

Date: Thurs. March 21st, 2019

Time: 4:30-9:00pm

Place: Giant Steps Autism Preschool 921 N 1240 E Orem, Utah (Foothill Elementary School)

Giant Steps Preschool with Wasatch Mental Health is a preschool for children with autism. The school needs up to 40 volunteers on the night of Thursday, March 21 to help with childcare. This is a fun opportunity to help children who have autism, as well as their siblings. We are serving pizza and snacks to the volunteers at 4:30 pm and children will start arriving at 5:00 pm. Responsibilities would include taking part in activities lead by Giant Steps staff and providing assistance and supervision of the children. In past years, the childcare has gone until around 9 pm. If students are not able to be available during the entire duration, we can work around that and could still use whatever help they can offer. It is a really fun evening and a great opportunity to help out.

To sign up, contact Janeen McFadden. Her email is jmcfadden@wasatch.org  

 

Lego Robotics Competition

Date: 1-2 times per week for 6 weeks starting the week of February 25th

Time: 3:40-4:40pm

Place: TBD

The BYU chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers is hosting a Lego Robotics Competition for elementary school students from Provo School District at BYU on April 13th. The elementary school kids will have 6 weeks to design, build, and program Lego robots during an after-school class. We are currently recruiting BYU students as volunteers to go to these after-school classes once or twice weekly to assist kids in making their robots. The program starts the week of February 25th and will go until the competition in April. After-school classes are held from 3:40 pm to 4:40 pm. Volunteers will be assigned to an elementary school in Provo based on their availability and will be expected to provide their own transportation.

Volunteers can sign up at https://tinyurl.com/robotvolunteer

 

Girls On the Run Coach

Date: Mandatory Training- March 2, 2019; Practices Mondays and Wednesdays from March 11-June1; 5k May 18th

Time: Mandatory Training- 9am-2pm; Practices- 4-5pm

Place: Contact Ashley Crowder for details

Girls on the Run is a character development program for elementary-aged girls. We are looking for 2-3 volunteers to be coaches for Girls on the Run. Volunteers will need to be able to attend and facilitate practices on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-5pm from March 11-June 1. They will also need to attend a mandatory training on March 2 from 9-2pm and the 5k on May 18th in Orem.

If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, contact Ashley Crowder at ashleyraecrowder@gmail.co

 

Provo Science Palooza

Date: March 30, 3019

Time: 9:30am-5:30pm (Shifts are 4 hours long)

Place: Provo Rec Center

Volunteers will be working with kids and helping people through the event. Volunteers will get free lunch and passes to the Rec Center. Sign up to volunteer by clicking on the link https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeNWtb5cldZzFcxYFMoCsXbaPG4xhHgjmYcWdEZtzuKLwbh6Q/viewform?fbclid=IwAR3b7KXIa00yJneSQFDg9KIctCLEarPg6LjZqqIrVuQ1I4Q0ufxee2Vqipw

 

Lamb N Wool 2019

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019

Time: 9:30am-2:15pm

Place: Farm Country

 

Volunteers will be assisting with a variety of games, activities and crafts based on lambs, sheep and their wool.

Volunteers will check-in and will be under the direction of the designated Education Staff member 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.

Current Thanksgiving Point Volunteer can login to their Volunteer Information Center Account and sign up today!

Growing Leader Teens should clear their service with Lindsey McBride prior to signing up for this activity.

Any questions can be directed to Lindsey McBride at LMcbride@thanksgivingpoint.org

 

Easter Bunny Breakfast

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019

Time: 8:30am-12:30pm

Place: The Show Barn

 

Volunteers will be needed to assist with a variety of games, crafts and other activities.  We will not be ordering breakfast for volunteers, but if there are left-overs you will be allowed to partake.

 

Activities and Volunteer Guideline:

  • Bunny Petting Zoo (1-2 volunteers)
    • Help facilitate the line; the petting zoo can't facilitate much more than 15-20 people at a time.
  • Dying/Drying Eggs (2-3 volunteers)
    • Help kids dye eggs or oversee the cleanliness of the table
  • Foam Crafts (2 volunteers)
    • Help kids with the crafts or oversee the cleanliness of the table
  • Coloring (1-2 volunteers)
    • Help kids draw or keep the area clean
  • Pictures with the Easter Bunny (1-2 volunteers)
    • Help with the line movement or if Amoretti Photography needs additional help
    • Help the Easter Bunny give out Golden Eggs to the children
  • Pin the tail on the bunny
    • Help facilitate the game
    • Give out small prize to each winner

 

Volunteers will check in with the Volunteer Coordinator on duty for this event at the south doors of the red show barn.
 
Volunteers should eat before they arrive since we will not be ordering food for the volunteers for this event.  If there are left-overs then the volunteers may partake.

Volunteers should dress in tan/khaki pants and white tops, with good closed toe shoes. IF you would like to dress in holiday appropriate clothing, then please feel free to do so. 
Please bring a refillable water-bottle and your Thanksgiving Point ID.
Volunteers will be released from service by the Volunteer Coordinator.
Any questions, please email us at volunteers@thanksgivingpoint.org

 

Birthday Party for Orem City

Date: May 4, 2019

Time: 5:00pm-9:00pm

Place: University Place's Orchard Park in Orem 

 

To celebrate its 100th year, the City of Orem is having a large, outdoor birthday party on May 4th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at University Place’s Orchard Park in Orem. There will be a short program, activities, games, prizes, music, entertainment, free cupcakes, and fireworks!

Volunteers are needed to help with set-up and clean-up as well as birthday games. Everyone volunteering will receive a free t-shirt and other surprises! Don't miss out on this opportunity to help Orem celebrate its 100th year!

Need 15 volunteers to help set-up tables, chairs, stage, game and swag stations, etc. from 2:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Need 25 volunteers help man and clean-up party game stations from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Need 15 volunteers to help with party clean-up from 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

To volunteer or for questions, please contact Kena Jo Mathews at (801) 229-7023 or kjmathews@orem.org. Thanks!

 

Baby Animal Birthday 2019

Date: Friday and Saturday May 17 & 18, 2019

Time: Friday 5/17: 3:30pm-8:30pm        Saturday 5/18: 9:30am-2:15pm

Place: Farm Country

 

Volunteers will be assisting with a variety of games, activities and crafts celebrating all the new baby animals born at Farm Country!
Volunteers will check-in and will be under the direction of the designated Volunteer Coordinator for this event (TBA).
Volunteers dress is jean bottoms and white tops (or your khaki & white), wear good closed toe shoes and wear your Thanksgiving Point ID badge.  You are welcome to dress in farm style clothing if you wish!
Please bring with you a refillable water-bottle.
Any questions can be directed to Lindsey McBride at LMcbride@thanksgivingpoint.org

 

Dairy Day 2019

Date: June 8, 2019

Time: 9:30am-2:15pm

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!

 

Fairy Tale Festival 2019

Date: June 22, 2019

Time: 9:30am-12:30pm

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

 

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 sarah.nguyen@hsc.utah.edu

 

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 clairew@unitedwayuc.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 cmayberry@lehi-ut.gov 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: volunteer@utahvalleyfamilysupport.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