Salt Lake City

December Volunteer Opportunities Abound in Salt Lake City

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 7, 2012
Contact: Savannah Wake
801-535-6202


December Volunteer Opportunities Abound in Salt Lake City
 
SALT LAKE CITY – There are numerous opportunities to reach out to the less fortunate in our community during the holiday season. Drives for food, warm clothing and gifts can really make the difference for families facing challenges. Also, one of the best ways to get involved in City government is through joining on of the many boards and commissions. These bodies play a crucial role in creating and implementing public policy. See link below for current openings.


Unless otherwise noted, RSVP for all projects to Savannah Wake, Volunteer Coordinator, at savannah.wake@slcgov.com or 801-535-6202.
 

SLC Opportunities


Human Rights Day
Monday, December 10
5:30 - 8:30 pm, The Leonardo at 209 East 500 South
5 volunteers needed, ages 16 and up
This annual event is filled with entertainment, inspiring speakers, awards, great food, and local art.  Volunteers receive free admission and are needed to help with check in/tickets, coat check, food and beverage oversight, photography, and cleanup.  RSVP required to Savannah Wake, Volunteer Coordinator, at 801-535-6202 or savannah.wake@slcgov.com.
 
Food and Warm Clothing Drive
Wednesday, December 12 - Friday, January 18
Dec. 19 & Jan. 16, 4 - 5:30 pm, Drive up/drop off east side of City Hall at 450 S. 200 E.
Take part in Salt Lake City's annual food and clothing drive, sponsored by the Mayor's Office and YouthCity.  All collected food items and monetary donations will benefit the Utah Food Bank and all clothing donations will be given to Catholic Community Services for distribution to refugees.  There are several ways to donate, making it easy and fast!  
1.  Take your donations with you when visiting a City building between Dec. 12 and Jan. 19.
2.  Drive up and drop off your items during curbside collection events on Dec. 19 and Jan 16.
3.  Donate from home, your phone, or anywhere with the virtual food drive!  Click here to donate.  
 
Boards and Commissions
Residents from Districts 1 and 2 needed
All community members are invited to serve on one of the City's many boards and commissions, providing a vital link between constituents and City government.  Currently we are in need of more representation from Districts 1 and 2.  If you reside within these areas, please consider submitting an application.  More information can be found by clicking here.
 
Ongoing through December


Fall Leaf Raking
All community members encouraged to participate and help their neighbors in need.  
Fall leaves, if not picked up, can create a variety of troublesome issues including clogged storm drains, localized flooding, and reduced oxygen in waterways. Raking and properly disposing of fallen leaves keeps our neighborhoods tidy and helps protect the environment. Place all gathered leaves in your tan can. Need another? Request a leaves only bin by calling 801-535-6999.
 
Other Local Opportunities
Salt Lake City is full of diverse non-profit organizations all working hard to impact our community.  Check out some of their fun volunteer opportunities.
 
United Way Holiday Volunteer Opportunities
United Way's 2-1-1 has already receiver over 6,500 calls for holiday assistance!  Each year 2-1-1 puts together a list of opportunities to make it even easier for businesses, families, individuals, and community groups to lend a hand and make a difference right here in our community.  Check out the holiday volunteer opportunity list or calendar of caring today!
 
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

Currently recruiting and training for 2013 tax season

VITA volunteers help low to middle income people complete their Federal and State tax returns for free.  Last year local volunteers helped more than 5,400 families and individuals receive over $7 million in refunds, almost $3 million of which was returned to the local economy through the Earned Income Tax Credit.  All training is provided.  Please consider this impactful opportunity and sign up at www.utahtaxhelp.org or contact Greg McDonald at greg@caputah.org.