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Community Needs

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. 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

  • Salvation Army in Provo needs volunteers this Christmas season! Please reach out to Kiara Colgan for more information about getting involved.

    The Salvation Army - Intermountain Division
    Phone #: (801) 783-3868

Ongoing Service Opportunities

  • 4-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 below), 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:
    Instagram: 4hmentoring
    Facebook: 4hmentoring
    Pinterest: 4hleadership

    Brandon Summers


    Through leading the charge on eliminating Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias through accelerated global research, the Alzheimer's Association seeks to maximize quality care and support and increase knowledge. Volunteers are an integral part in such efforts to spread awareness of the available resources and knowledge, unknown to the majority of communities. 


    As a volunteer, no previous experience is required. Volunteer positions can be catered to your unique skills and interests. Possible volunteer opportunities include, but are not limited to: 

    • Community Education
    • Leading Support Groups
    • Community Outreach
    • Advocacy
    • Fundraising/Event support
    • Giving presentations
    • Community Outreach

    If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the following form.  

    Contact Raven Albertson at with any questions. 

  • 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:

    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 ( or by phone (801-422-3766).

  • BYU Geology Department - Dinosaur Fossil Casts

    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,, 801-422-9354

  • The CCD is a pro bono speech and language clinic serving primarily Utah County residents. The mission of the center is to provide exceptional speech-language pathology services to members of the community, particularly the underserved and uninsured.

    The CCD is seeking volunteer translators for our growing Spanish-speaking clientele. Volunteers will work with graduate Medical MS SLP students, Spanish-speaking clients and their families as they fill out paperwork and participate in the assessment.  Other opportunities may include assisting the clinical team and clients during weekly appointments. Assessments and weekly appointments primarily take place in the clinic; additionally, teletherapy opportunities may be available.

    Volunteers must be fluent in Spanish - understanding of medical terminology is a plus! Volunteers will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement to uphold and maintain the privacy practices of the CCD. 

    Times:  2 1/2-hour block(s) as needed- effective for Fall 2022 semester:

    Mondays 8:30-11:00 or 12:30-3:00
    Tuesdays 9:30-12:00, 2:30-5:00 or 3:30-6:00

    Other clinic translation opportunities may also be available for one hour to ninety minutes each week (time slots will vary).

    Sausha Herget

    Place:  Center for Communication Disorders (CCD)- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

    561 East 1860 South
    Provo, UT  84606

  • 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 or (801) 691-5220 to get involved!

  • Courage 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 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

  • 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.


    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.


    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: or call 801-229-1181. You can also visit our website for more information about all of our services:

  • 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.

  • 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

    Melanie Cuthbert

  • Utah State Courts is looking for volunteers to serve in the Court Visitor Program to help solve "Whereabouts Cases". These cases involve tracking down and educating guardians with whom the court has lost contact. Training would be brief and done in person and then the student would work on cases remotely. Once the student commits to take a case, the student is court ordered to complete the case within a 4-5 week time frame which the student can help determine. Each case takes about 6-10 hours. If interested, volunteers could progress to take on more complex cases.


    • 18 years or older
    • Able to pass an interview and background check
    • Computer/internet and phone access
    • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work with a wide variety of individuals
    • Good writing skills
    • Reliable and dependable - commitment to meet deadlines
    • Ability to remain neutral and objective
    • 4 month or more commitment

    They are also recruiting two-person Court Visitor Teams which is a great way to share the work of a Court Visitor with a friend or significant other, while giving back to the community in a meaningful way, by helping protect the rights of vulnerable individuals.

    Students with bilingual abilities are needed as well!

    For questions or an application, please email

  • 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

    COVID-19 Update: Volunteers must provide their own work gloves and bring a face mask/covering. Groups are limited to 7 people per shift.

  • Intermountain Healthcare is looking for multilingual volunteers to provide emotional support to people with life-limiting or terminal illnesses that don't speak English. They will take volunteers that speak any language.

    To be a volunteer for Intermountain Homecare and Hospice, students need to go through 10 hour training, background check, drug screen, fingerprinting, volunteering at least 4 hours every week. This is a 6 month commitment and requires all immunizations, including COVID. It is non-clinical work. It is more about companionship or help with reading, doing family history or just watching TV together. It helps the patient and family during that time of need. Interested people can contact Maria (Rosie) Winter (contact information below).

    Maria (Rosie) Winter
    Volunteer Coordinator
    Intermountain Homecare & Hospice/Utah County
    524 West 300 North, Suite 101
    Provo, UT 84601
    Cell: 801-616-6248
    Office: 801-426-1805

  • The No More A Stranger Foundation is looking for volunteers with social media experience who can create and publish valuable content on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn once or twice a week. Volunteers must have access to their own computer. Volunteers work remotely on their own time. Bilingual English and Spanish speakers preferred.

    The No More A Stranger Foundation relies on volunteers to fulfill its mission to advocate on behalf of and together with individuals from immigrant, migrant, and refugee backgrounds to strengthen our communities. The content created by volunteers helps educate the community about immigration law and spreads awareness about the free educational classes and quality legal services provided by the Foundation.

    Interested Volunteers should contact:
    Silvana Pardo, Immigration Clinic Advocate,

  • 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 or to find out more.

    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.

    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.

    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! 

  • 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 (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). 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 ( IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE AMERICAN FORK LOCATION, please contact Heather Allen at (801) 792-4676 ( Shifts are filled on a "first come, first served" basis.

    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 ( 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 ( 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 or call at (801) 851-8504. We are always interested in seeking great help!

  • Volunteer 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 (, 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

  • 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!

  • 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 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!

  • Volunteers Needed!

    Utah Valley Refugees needs help with

    • Community Outreach
    • Marketing
    • Fundraising
    • Event Coordination
    • Social Media
    • Newsletter Writing
    • Housing Advocacy
    • Grant Writing
    • Interpretation (Spanish, Swahili, Russian, French, Kirundi)

    For more information, please visit or contact Jenna Adams at

Item Donation

  • 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

    Other humanitarian opportunities are available through Latter-day Saint Charities.

    Questions? Contact Humanitarian Services at 801-240-5954, or Latter-day Saint Charities at 801-240-1201 or at

  • 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

  • Donations of school bags, hygiene kits, blankets, move-in kits, and baby items are always welcome.

    Contact Robert Brunson for more information & to schedule volunteer times at or call the center at 801-342-7840.

  • 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 Also see

    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.

  • Donate new or gently used backpacks to hold emergency items for individuals escaping abusive situations. Drop off by October 25 at 1041 JFSB, Liberal Arts Advisement & Careers.

    Contact: Bruce Haraguchi, (801) 422-4183