Non-Student Volunteer Opportunities
While none of these opportunities are sponsored or hosted by Y-Serve, this page contains a list of service ideas to which students and others may refer for current community service needs independent of the Center for Service and Learning.
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
Toggle ItemUtah Valley Marathon Volunteers
Utah Valley Marathon
Directors: Emma Collier & Sarah Hiatt
The Utah Valley Marathon is looking for volunteer race managers as we assemble our volunteer team for 2022. Volunteers will fill a variety of roles, including but not limited to course setup, finish line, start line, etc. Volunteers must commit to monthly meetings from January-June 2022, and must be available the first week of June 2022, especially June 2-4. Volunteers must be 18+. All volunteers can receive a letter of recommendation, free race shirt, treats at monthly meetings, reimbursement for all gas + food during race weekend, and a volunteer appreciation dinner.
The Utah Valley Marathon is entering its 15th year, and looks forward to bringing the community together once again to focus on health, wellness, and cheering each other on! Join us as a volunteer race manager and help us bring this event to life. Please reach out to Emma or Sarah at the email addresses listed above and we'll find you a position.
Toggle ItemCandy Bomber/Gail Halvorsen Event Support
There is a 'Candy Bomber' event being hosted by the Gail Halvorsen Foundation and they are in need of volunteers for setting up, running the event, and taking things down. Volunteer training will be on Thursday (5/19) from 6:30-8:00 pm and the event will be on Saturday (5/21) from 7:00 am-Event Completion. If available, please fill out this google form to volunteer!
Ongoing Service Opportunities
Toggle Item4-H Mentoring
What is 4-H Mentoring?:
In this program, we recruit individuals as mentors and assign them to one of the youth (between the ages of 9 and 15) involved in our program. Part of the mentor's responsibilities in this role include meeting one-on-one with their mentee each week, attending bi-annual mentor trainings, and attending activities provided by the organization (when able). Our organization does our best to provide an environment that fosters belonging, independence, generosity, and mastery among youth, their families, and their mentors.
Mentors meet for an activity with their mentees for 1-2 hours each week according to the mentor's schedule. These activities are generally planned by the mentor.
Mentors should commit to one full year. This is better for the mentor/mentee relationship because it shows the youth consistency. Virtual activities/calls/texts/and overall just reaching out will be acceptable for weeks where you may be out of town or overall unable to meet in person.
We are always looking for Spanish speaking mentors as well!
Please reach out with any questions you may have!
How do I get involved?:
If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please reach out to our Program Director, Brandon Summers (info in the top right corner), or sign up at the link shown on our website. We look forward to meeting you!
Want to learn more about us? Check out our social media:
Toggle ItemJordan River Nature Center Trail Clean Up
Jordan River Nature Center Trail Clean Up
Location: 1125 W 3300 S, South Salt Lake, UT 84119
Dates: Tuesday-Saturday, by appointment (9 a.m.-8 p.m.)
Contact: https://www.jordanrivernaturecenter.org/volunteer. Fill out the Group Volunteer Application.
Description: Join the Jordan River Nature Center to help clean up and maintain the Jordan River Trail. Join staff members in picking up trash, pulling puncture vine, and caring for our Native Plant plots. Tools for cleanup can be provided. This is a group volunteer project only (minimum of 4 applicants). There is a one-time 2-hour commitment, though volunteers can set up as many sessions as desired.
If you are interested in individual volunteer projects, please fill out a separate application https://www.jordanrivernaturecenter.org/volunteer.
Toggle ItemFresh Start Transition Community
Help out on Thursday nights with meals for the homeless and those trying to get back on their feet again. Bring a hot-cooked meal. Food is provided for anyone interested in the project at no cost to you.
You will receive instructions by Monday prior to the sign-up date on where to get the food. You should arrive with the food hot and ready to eat on Thursday evening at 5:00 PM. There is no need to stay and serve the food. You will need to bring the food in a disposable container.
195 South 100 East, Provo Utah
Toggle ItemThe Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA)
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) is a free service for low-income families that provides quality tax filing by some of the most dedicated and passionate volunteers. As a volunteer, you will become certified through the IRS and learn the basics of tax preparation through our easy, user-friendly software called TaxSlayer. PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE IN TAX FILING IS NOT REQUIRED! All we need is your willingness to learn new skills and the flexibility/commitment to attend scheduled shifts.
VITA volunteer requirements:
- Passion for non-profit work and helping individuals in low-income situations
- Agree to take and pass the IRS certification exam. United Way will provide all the training materials and access to the test.This process takes roughly 20-30 hours (about 2-4 days for a few hours when you split it up) and will be done all online at your own pace.
- Attend the in-person training in January to learn the tax-preparation software.
- Commit to at least one 4-hour shift every week between the months of February and April
VITA volunteer positions available:
- Tax Preparer
- Intake Screener
- Spanish Translator
- Site Coordinator*
*Site Coordinators may be eligible for internship credit if they are able to commit to at least one 9 hour shift per week
VITA sites will be open afternoons and evenings, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays in Provo (location TBD).
For more information, or to sign up to volunteer, please refer to the contact information below;
Toggle ItemBYU Family History Library - Foreign Language
BYU Family History Library - Foreign Language
Foreign language opportunity available!!
Did you know that out of all the records indexed so far, only 10% have been in languages other than English?? Students with FOREIGN LANGUAGE skills (beginning to advanced) are invited to help index non-English records on FamilySearch. This is a great way to share talents through service! Connect via their Indexing Page: fh.lib.byu.edu/indexing-classes.
The BYU Family History Library offers two ways to help learn indexing:
1) Join a virtual indexing class on the 1st Thursday of each month at 7pm via Zoom (get the link from their website here), and/or
2) Contact the BYU Family History Library missionaries to set up a one-on-one consultation or training by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (801-422-3766).
Toggle ItemCommunity Action Services and Food Bank
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. Walk-ins are welcome! The shift times available are 8-10am, 10-12pm, 12-2pm, and 2-4:30pm (shifts on Friday will end by 3:30pm).
Contact email@example.com or (801) 691-5220 to get involved!
Toggle ItemCourage Reins
Courage Reins is an Equine-Assisted Therapy facility in Highland, Utah. Our mission: “Improving the lives of individuals with physical, mental, or emotional challenges through Equine-Assisted Therapy.” We serve children as young as two, to adults in their elderly years. We serve a very diverse population with a large variety of disabilities/diagnoses.
As a volunteer at Courage Reins, no horse experience is required! You can learn to work with our horses and can work together with our instructors during classes. We have a broad variety of volunteer opportunities and rely greatly on our volunteers to help us serve our clients through our four therapeutic programs: Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy, Natural Horsemanship, Therapeutic Riding, and Hippotherapy.
Most of our volunteer needs are during Therapeutic Riding classes, however there are always plenty of chores to do and poop to be scooped!
Fall Quarter Hours:
Monday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Tuesday: 9:30am – 6:15pm
Wednesday: 12:15pm – 8:00pm
Thursday: 9:30am - 7:45pm
Friday: 8:45am – 5:30pm
Our high need times (when the most help in classes is needed) are:
Tuesday: 9:45am - 1:00pm & 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Wednesday: 12:45pm- 8:00pm
Thursday: 1:00pm - 7:30pm
Friday: 8:45am- 2:45pm
Please check us out online https://couragereins.org and schedule a tour to see if Courage Reins is a good fit for the volunteer experience you are looking for! If you are interested in applying, please fill out an application on our website (Individual Volunteer Application). Courage Reins also offers internship opportunities and we will work with you to build the internship that works best for you and your needs.
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toggle ItemCrisis Respite Nursery
Crisis Respite Nursery
ABOUT THE CRISIS-RESPITE NURSERY
Our Nursery provides a safe place for children ages newborn to 11 years old. Children come here for a variety of reasons. Families use the nursery for crisis reasons such as abuse, neglect, domestic violence, medical emergency, death of a family member, or a mental health crisis. But not all children who use the nursery have been traumatized. The nursery is also used for respite reasons such as a parent or guardian attending a therapy appointment, support group, court hearing, doctor appointment or job interview. Parents can also use the nursery to just have some self-care time for up to 3 hrs a week.
VOLUNTEER RESPONSIBILITIES (Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older.)
Staff members called House Parents will supervise you and direct the activities in the nursery. You will play with the children one-on-one, meet their needs and ensure their safety, pick up and maintain order in the nursery and assist house parents as requested.
WHEN CAN I VOLUNTEER?
Volunteers choose a shift with our Prevention Coordinator. These shifts can be scheduled any day/time when the nursery is open:
MON-THUR 9 am to 9 pm
FRI 9 am to 5 pm
SAT 4 pm to 8 pm (rarely)
After orientation, you can set up times to volunteer. These are usually 2 hour shifts, but we are flexible.
You must commit to help a minimum of 40 hrs to be reimbursed for background check and fingerprints. 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.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
Attend a 90 minute volunteer orientation where we will:
1. Fill out a volunteer application. Bring your driver’s license and know your social security number.
2. Apply for a background check if you are 18 years or older.
3. Pay a $42.25 processing fee for the background check. This fee can be reimbursed after you serve 20 hours with us.
Once you have attended an orientation, you will have fingerprints taken at another location which is an additional $10-$20 fee. You can also be reimbursed for up to $10 of this fee after serving 20 hours with us. Please provide a receipt if you are wanting to eventually be reimbursed.
1) Masks are required at ALL times. There are no exceptions for this rule, so if you are unable to wear a mask at this time, we ask that you do not volunteer with us. We have a limited number of masks at the agency so please bring your own personal mask!
2) If you or any member of your household (that includes roommates!) have any symptoms of any illness we ask that you do not come.
3) If you need to reschedule your orientation time due to symptoms of any illness, please let me know ASAP. That way we can plan accordingly.
4) If at any time you are tested for COVID-19, do not come into the agency until a test result comes back negative or you have followed the correct guidelines of quarantine. If while you are volunteering you receive a positive COVID-19 test, please call the agency immediately. This would likely result in the agency shutting down for two weeks so PLEASE DO NOT COME IF YOU HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS OF ANY ILLNESS.
Our Volunteer Coordinator holds an orientation 2-4 times a month. However, please note that Saturday or Sunday orientations are not available. To schedule an orientation, contact our Volunteer Coordinator by e-mail at: email@example.com or call 801-229-1181. You can also visit our website for more information about all of our services: www.utahvalleyfamilysupport.org.
Toggle ItemCrisis Team Volunteers
Crisis Team Volunteers
The Center for Women and Children in Crisis is looking for volunteers for our upcoming Rape Crisis Team - volunteer training!
We need volunteers on our Rape Crisis Team, specifically on the weekdays. By state mandate, all volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. We ask for a six-month commitment so that you can gain the most from your experience with us. We love our volunteers and appreciate the work that they do in their roles.
As a Rape Crisis Team Member, you will be working with sexual assault victims. Once a month, you will be on call with another volunteer with a cell-phone covering one shift which lasts for 24 hours. It can be done anytime (during the week or over the weekend) whichever works best for you though we are in great need of weekday volunteers. Your role will be to answer phone calls that come through our rape crisis hotline to speak with rape victims and to offer support by meeting victims in the hospital immediately following the attack during a forensic exam. This is an opportunity to help someone who is suffering such personal violation. You must own a car and live in Utah County for this opportunity. The state requires 40 hours of training to be a Rape Crisis Team Member. The training sessions are held three times per year.
Background checks are also required for all volunteers working with our organization. The fee for the background check for the state of Utah is $38.25. This fee is a one-time payment and is due on the first night of training in cash or check written to The Center for Women & Children in Crisis. Training will be located at our Outreach Office: 1433 East 840 North, Orem, Utah.
Toggle ItemHabitat for Humanity
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. Volunteer Crew Leader positions are also available. In addition, Habitat has service opportunities working at the Orem or Spanish Fork ReStores. Interested individuals or groups, please call LeAnn at (801)-344-8527 x105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID-19 Update: Volunteers must provide their own work gloves and bring a face mask/covering. Groups are limited to 7 people per shift.
Toggle ItemSCERA Service Projects
SCERA Service Projects
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. Large variety of projects available! Call Shawn Mortensen at (801) 225-ARTS ext. 1025 or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Toggle ItemUtah Crisis Food ResponseVolunteer with Utah Crisis Food Response, which delivers food boxes to individuals and families in need all across Utah County. Due to increasing demand, they are in great need of more volunteers to deliver food boxes. And fortunately, there is no specific time commitment for volunteering. Once students join our Facebook page here (https://www.facebook.com/groups/947601779443843), they simply take deliveries that work around their schedule. To pick up the food box from a designated food pantry and deliver it to a home typically takes an hour. People who are interested can also contact the volunteer coordinator directly at 617-916-3778 or at keithTburns99@gmail.com.
Toggle ItemUtah County Children's Justice Center
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.
We have several volunteer opportunities are available: the Victim Assistance (mentor) program, the Onsite Victim Support program, the Children and Teen Groups program, and the Family Justice Center. All programs involve spending time with children. Please note that ALL volunteer positions require a BCI (Bureau of Criminal Identification) background check, which costs $26.25. the CJC has a procedure in place for having these done.
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 Annette Dyer at email@example.com (801-851-8504), and we will send you information.
2. The Onsite Victim Support program involves spending time with many different children while they are visiting the CJC (Provo or American Fork locations). In both centers we are operating under COVID-19 safety protocols. 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 IN THE PROVO LOCATION, please contact Gabriela Hall at (801) 851-8520 (firstname.lastname@example.org). IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE AMERICAN FORK LOCATION, please contact Heather Allen at (801) 792-4676 (email@example.com). Shifts are filled on a "first come, first served" basis. In the Provo CJC this volunteer position is currently filled up, but if you would like to be placed on the "wait list" for future openings, please let Gabriela know.
3. The Children and Teen Groups, led by licensed clinical therapists, are held Tuesdays, 3-8pm, and Thursdays, 5-8pm. 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). This volunteer position is currently filled up, but if you would like to be placed on the "wait list" for future openings, please let Kelli know.
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). This volunteer position is currently filled up, but if you would like to be placed on the "wait list" for future openings, please let Amberly know.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (801) 851-8504. We are always interested in seeking great help!
Toggle ItemUtah Division of Archives and Records
Utah Division of Archives and Records
Have you ever wondered how records get indexed and pages get transcribed? The truth is, it is a big job and we could use your help!
The Utah Division of Archives and Records Service is thrilled to announce that we have partnered with From The Page, an online program for transcribing documents and collaborating on transcriptions with others. You can transcribe anytime, anywhere! All you need is a computer with internet, the ability to read 19th and 20th century handwriting, and an interest in Utah history.
Follow this link to find a project to help out in!
Toggle ItemVillage Book Builders
Village Book Builders
(Invictus Institute merged with Village Book Builders)
We provide opportunities for college students to mentor kids in developing nations. No past mentoring experience is required. The mentoring takes place through Google Meets for an hour a week, with many available times throughout the week. If interested, a campus Village Chapter (club/committee) will need to be created. BYU does not have a current chapter. If you are interested in starting one please reach out to email@example.com for more details.
The mission of Village Book Builders' Mentor Program is to bridge education gaps in developing nations by pairing students across the world with someone that can be an inspiration, support, and facilitator in helping these students love learning. Due to COVID-19, all schools in these nations have been shut down, and the mentor program is the only educational resource these kids have right now. We have some programs that have had to temporarily close, but will be opening within the coming months. There are available slots in our current programs, so sign up today!
Toggle ItemSexual Assault Victims Advocate with The Refuge Utah
ABOUT BECOMING AN ADVOCATE:
The state of Utah requires that you complete 40 hours of training to be a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate. After your training, we ask for a six-month commitment so that you can gain the most from your experience with us. We love our volunteers and appreciate the work that they do. If interested in pursuing this volunteer opportunity, the next training session, for which you will need to attend all of the training dates listed on the attached PDF, will begin on Saturday, March 19, 2022.
WHAT YOU WILL DO:
As an advocate, you will be working directly with survivors of sexual assault. Once per month, you will be on-call as a volunteer, answering the 24/7 crisis hotline with a team provided cell-phone, and attending hospital calls for recent victims of sexual assault. Each shift lasts for 24 hours. Each shift starts at 5:30 pm the day you sign up for and ends the following day at 5:30pm. We are in great need of weekday volunteers, so we will mainly be accepting volunteers for this training who are able to cover a shift starting Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday at 5:30. Your role when on-call will be to answer phone calls that come through our Rape Crisis Hotline, to speak with victims, and to offer support by meeting victims in the hospital as they receive a medical forensic exam following an assault. This is an opportunity to bring an enormous amount of comfort and stability to someone in need.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
You must own a car and live in Utah County or Wasatch County for this opportunity. Background checks are also required for all volunteers working with our organization. The fee for a background check for the state of Utah is $50. This fee is a one-time payment and is due before training or on the first night of training in cash (exact amount) or check written to The Refuge Utah.
Training will be located downstairs at our Outreach Office: 1433 East 840 North, Orem, Utah.
If you are still interested in receiving training to join our team, please follow the link below to fill out a volunteer application. After we have reviewed your application we will reach out to you!
Toggle ItemDinosaur Fossil Casts with BYU Geology Department
Come help the BYU Geology department as they sand and paint dinosaur fossil casts!
Date: By Appointment
Time: Flexible within the hours of 9 AM to 5 PM
Number of volunteers needed: 8-10
The type of service being done: Sanding and painting dinosaur fossil casts
Contact information: Kevin Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 801-422-9354
Toggle ItemThe Refuge
Collect or donate new or gently used items for women and children who are seeking help after experiencing violence. Contact (801)374-9351 to schedule a time to drop off donations at the office in Orem. More information is available at therefugeutah.org.
Toggle ItemLatter-day Saint Humanitarian Center
Produce items the Church distributes to needy people throughout the world. Donations are always welcome.
The Latter-day Saint Humanitarian Center is also always in need of new quilts. Guidelines for quilts can be found here. Quilt kits and fabric can be checked out at the Humanitarian Center. If you have questions regarding quilt kit pickup contact the Humanitarian center by phone at 801-240-5954.
Volunteers welcome at any Deseret Industries location to help sort clothes, organize, place things on shelves, etc. Please see their website at https://www.deseretindustries.org/.
(Opportunities to serve at the Humanitarian Center putting together hygiene or school kits or making quilts in the center are currently not available due to COVID, but will resume again shortly.)
Other humanitarian opportunities available through Latter-day Saint Charities. https://www.latterdaysaintcharities.org/
Questions? Contact Humanitarian Services at 801-240-5954, or Latter-day Saint Charities at 801-240-1201 or at email@example.com.
Toggle ItemLove at Work Foundation: Help Refugees in Utah
Love at Work Foundation gathers a variety of kits for displaced families and refugees. Donations are needed for newborn kits, hygiene kits, and school kits. Some miscellaneous items are also in high demand. Click this link to see lists of items for each kit. Contact Neil Millman at (801) 372-1766 for details about where and how to donate.
Toggle ItemSlate Canyon Youth Center
Slate Canyon Youth Center
School bags, hygiene kits, blankets, move-in kits, birthday/treat bags, and baby items are needed. Donations for struggling families during the holidays are especially helpful!
Contact Penny Stubbs for more information & to schedule volunteer times at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call the center at 801-342-7840.
(Other opportunities to open again in the future.)
Toggle ItemWelcome Baby
Welcome Baby has volunteers who visit new parents in their homes. For each first visit conducted, families receive a gift packet composed of donations from the community. We request that individuals or organizations gather or make items for the Newborn Kits. We request NEW items; no used or gently used items will be accepted. Supplies in the kits should include:
- Receiving blankets (any size, store purchased or hand-made)
- Onesies (size 3 to 18 months)
- Socks/booties (store purchased or hand-made)
- Burp cloths or bibs
- Board Book
- Any other baby items such as outfits (size 3 to 18 months), caps, lotions or cleaning products, books, rattles or sensory toys.
Your group may collect all the supplies and package them, or collect specific items and donate them separately.
For more information, please call Emily Romney 801-691-5443 or email email@example.com. Also see welcomebabyuc.org.
If you would like more information on becoming a volunteer that goes on home visits (6-month minimum commitment), you can call or email Emily Romney.