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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

 

 

Craft Lake City

Date: Aug 9-11

Time: various

Place: Utah State Fairpark

They have a lot of volunteer positions available including: artisan load-in/out, bag stuffer, face painter extraordinaire, green team, etc. for more information and how to apply, go to https://craftlakecity.com/about/join-us .

You can email volunteer@craftlakecity.com with any questions.

 

Garden of Quilts

Date: Aug 3, 10, 17

Time: 10:30am-2:30pm

Place: Ashton Garden Lobby

We will need volunteers to help in August with Quilt Drop Off. Volunteers will help vet quilts, fill out submission forms (must be tech savvy and able to use a computer/ipad), and tag and process the quilts.

Sign up on Volgistics and email volunteers@thanksgivingpoint.org with any questions

 

Shark-tastic Saturday

Date: Aug 17

Time: 9:30am-2:30pm

Place: Museum of Ancient Life

This event is a staff/guest favorite. Come help facilitate exciting activities such as shark dissection, creating shark teeth necklaces, etc. There is also a need for 3 volunteers to dress up in shark costumes and take photos with guests. 

Sign up on Volgistics and email volunteers@thanksgivingpoint.org with any questions

 

2 Buck Tuesday

Date: Every Tuesday in August

Time: various

Place: Museum of Ancient Life, Museum of Natural Curiosity, Ashton Gardens, or Butterfly Biosphere

For those of you who may not have the scoop on 2 Buck Tuesdays, let me fill you in. Two Buck Tuesdays happen every Tuesday in August and during that time all guests can get into any of our venues for, you guessed it, two dollars! This is a great event where those who may not be able to visit Thanksgiving Point regularly can come! We have families who save up and plan for it every single year! Pretty neat huh? It is a crazy business plan to offer admission so low, but Thanksgiving Point is invested in being accessible for all members of our community. Now with the lower admission, comes bigger crowds. This is where you step in. We need help at our venues to ensure that those that do come, still have a great experience. As a volunteer, you will help with crowd control, wayfinding, answering questions, some facilitation, and making sure everyone stays safe.

Sign up on Volgistics and email volunteers@thanksgivingpoint.org with any questions

 

End of Summer Bash

Date: August 16

Time: 6-9pm

Place: Museum of Natural Curiosity-Discovery Garden

We are wishing summer a fond farewell with this really fun event. It will take place at the Museum of Natural Curiosity. We will have games and activities and will have several volunteer needs from both the events and education teams. 

Sign up on Volgistics and email volunteers@thanksgivingpoint.org with any questions

 

Utah County Fair

Date: Aug 14-17

Time: various

Place: Utah State Fairpark

They have a ton of cool events and programming happening and a variety of volunteer positions available.  All volunteers receive a free T-Shirt, and will be entered into a drawing to win Demolition Derby Tickets! We have 100 tickets to give away exclusively for our volunteers. To view the positions available and apply please go to https://utahcountyfair.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=36672 .

You can email info@utahcountyfair.org or call (801)851-2116 with any questions.

 

Labor Day Luau

Date: Sep 2

Time: 5-9:30pm

Place: Ashton Gardens @ Thanksgiving Point

We have needs for the following positions: usher, event greeters, buffet ticket takers, cart drivers, etc. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age to sign up. To ensure safety, cart drivers must be scheduled through me at volunteers@thanksgivingpoint.org. It is highly preferred that cart drivers have prior experience driving carts at Thanksgiving Point events.

 

Ongoing Service Opportunities

Community Action Services and Food Bank

They are looking for volunteers who can come on a regular basis every week to help in a variety of ways. Responsibilities include taking clients through the food bank and helping them get the correct amount of food for their family, stocking the shelves, organizing cans, and cleaning. They are looking for those who can commit to 3 months, but are willing to accept any help they can get. The shift times available are 9am-11am, 11am-1pm and 1pm-4pm. 

Contact volunteer@communityactionuc.org or 801-691-5220 to get involved!

 

Utah Food Bank

Date: Monthly (Sep 9, Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 9, Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 9, Apr 13, May 11)

Time: 2:45-4:30pm

Place: Spring Creek Elementary

We are seeking up to 8 volunteers to help with the Utah Food Bank mobile pantry when it comes to our school on a monthly basis. The mobile pantry will bring food to the Spring Creek families who are in need. Volunteers would help set up mobile pantry when it arrives then assist with food distribution

 

Audience Research Assistance

Date: Ongoing 4-5 months

Time: Flexible. Two hours blocks, 2x per week, as fit the volunteers schedule. 

Place: Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point

We are in need of volunteers to help our Audience Research Team perform a study to better understand how the exhibits int he Museum of Ancient Life support Thanksgiving Point's mission to "cultivate transformative family learning." The information gathered will inform future improvement to exhibits. This stage of the study will be focusing on the first three galleries within the museum, but the project will continue into other areas of the museum, so there could be potential to be involved in the study for 4-5 months. 

Responsibilities/Tasks: Volunteers will observe visitors in the first three gallery areas, using an iPad to record exhibits they stop at and how they engage with those exhibits. Volunteers will be required to meet with the project leads to be trained on the study methods and use of the iPad app.

Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time
  • Must be comfortable with digital devices

If you are interested in participating, please email Kari Nelson kanelson@thanksgivingpoint.org

 

Utah County Children's Justice Center Mentoring

The Utah County Children’s Justice Center is looking for some great community volunteers who can spend one hour a week, for a six month period, as a mentor to a child who has been a victim of abuse. A mentor’s role is to be a friend, positive influence, and a reliable/consistent presence in the life of a child.
If you, or someone you know, are: at least 18, willing to attend a 34-hour training session, able to pass a background check, own or have access to a vehicle, and are able to make a six month commitment to work with a child – then we’d love to have you volunteer!
We are especially looking for male mentors, Spanish-speaking mentors, and those who can serve
in northern Utah County areas.

If you are interested in being a part of our Fall Mentor Training, please email the Victim Assistance Coordinator at annetted@utahcounty.gov, or phone (801) 851-8504.

 

Butterfly Chrysalis Preparation

Date: Thursdays

Time: 11am-1pm

Place: Butterfly Biosphere

This is the new opportunity I mentioned. The entomology team is in need of some help in prepping the new butterfly chrysalis to be displayed. Each week we get nearly 1000 chrysalis shipped to us. We need volunteers to help sort, label, and glue the chrysalis to be displayed in the emergence window in the conservatory. To participate, you must be 18 years or older, must be able to handle small objects, and sit for a long period of time. Email volunteers@thanksgivingpoint.org to get involved.

 

Melody Makers

When: Tuesday and Thursday Mornings

Place:Farm Country and the Museum of Natural Curiosity @ Thanksgiving Point 

Melody Makers is a music and movement program designed for toddlers and their caregivers. We are in need of volunteers to assist our learning and engagement (education) staff in facilitating the program. Some tasks may include helping with props and passing out/collecting instruments as well as co teaching some of the songs. So if you love to bust a move and enjoy children's music, this is the opportunity for you! Sign up for shifts under Melody Makers on Volgistics! 

 

Farm Country Gardening

WHAT: Weed, water, plant in the Farm Country Gardens

WHEN: Wednesdays from 9:15 am - 11:15 am

WHERE: Meet a staff member at the shed in Farm Country.  Park in the Farm Country parking lot and head south.  Walk down that main road to the west and you will seed an entrance on your right.

Right now there are a lot of adorable farm animal babies!!!  Please contact Sara Wooten if you have any questions about this shift.  swooten@thanksgivingpoint.org

 

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 

 

Melody Maker Volunteers

Thanksgiving Point Explorers (staff) will lead an interactive musical experience for families of children averaging 6 years and under.

Volunteer Duties:

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, athomas@thanksgivingpoint.org

 

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 leann@habitatuc.org

 

Invictus Institute

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 volunteer@invictusinstitute.org.

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 dianac@maplecreekhhh.com

 

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 utahvolunteer@bestfriends.org

 

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 activities@orchardparkrehab.com 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.

 

Please contact Carrie Healy for exact session dates or other questions at either (801) 852-4491 or at Grandfamiliesuc@wasatch.org.

 

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 shawn@scera.org 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 annetted@utahcounty.gov 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 annetted@utahcounty.gov 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. (kellis@utahcounty.gov)

 

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. (amberlyb@utahcounty.gov)

 

If you have any questions, please email annetted@utahcounty.gov or call at (801) 851-8504.

 

Item Donation

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 lds-charities@ldschurch.org.

 

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. tlino@utah.gov. (801) 342-7840. She prefers email.

 

Welcome Baby

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

 

Backpack Donations

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 roger60more@gmail.com