Salt Lake City

As Summer Wanes, City Volunteer Opportunities Wax On

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 6, 2103
Contact: Art Raymond
801-547-2659


As Summer Wanes, City Volunteer Opportunities Wax On
    
SALT LAKE CITY – Summer is slowly coming to a close, but rewarding City volunteer opportunities are ongoing.  Residents can enjoy the lingering heat at outdoor volunteer projects or gear up for back-to-school with fun student mentoring projects. Interested volunteers looking for more information about opportunities for individuals or groups can contact Savannah Wake, Volunteer Coordinator, at savannah.wake@slcgov.com or 801-535-6202. Volunteers can stay informed about upcoming projects by signing up for the Service in the City email list at http://bit.ly/13v3rhL.


9/10 - 9/15: Annual Bicycle Count
Salt Lake City's transportation team is now recruiting volunteers for the 4th annual bike count. Shifts last just 1-2 hours and entail counting bicyclists at various intersections throughout the city. Weekday (Tues.-Thurs.) shifts take place between 5 and 7 p.m. and weekend (Sat. and Sun.) shifts run from noon to 2 p.m. No cycling experience necessary! Sign up online at http://bit.ly/145SMzx.

Fall Fruit Harvest
Each year, locally grown fruit goes uneaten and falls into streets and yards. As part of an initiative to reduce food waste, the City has partnered with TreeUtah, Green Urban Lunchbox, Avenues Fruitshare and Salt Lake CAP. Volunteers help harvest, diverting portions of the collected fruit to the homeowner, local food pantries and their own kitchens. Harvest events are held on Tuesday mornings and evenings, throughout the weekend, and are also available as a group activity. Interested volunteers should add their names to the Fruit Share program volunteer list at http://www.slcgov.com/node/1656.
 
Youth Mentoring
Sorenson Unity Center and YouthCity are looking for volunteers to help mentor youth at fun after school programs. Assist at the Sorenson Unity Center Mon.-Thurs. from 3-5 p.m. and Friday from 1-3 p.m. and at YouthCity Mon.-Fri. from 3-6 p.m. Learn more at http://sorensonunitycenter.com/ and http://www.slcgov.com/youthcity. Or, contact Carole Costa at carole.costa@slcgov.com, 801-535-6536 for the Sorenson Unity Center or Dallas Russell at dallas.russell@slcgov.com, 801-573-1349 for YouthCity.
 
Natural Lands Stewardship Opportunities
Learn about the 1,200 acres of open space managed by Salt Lake City by joining a weekly project. No RSVP is needed and volunteers can drop in for the full project or whatever fits their schedules. Locations vary each week and are posted online at http://www.slcgov.com/volunteer. Projects take place Wed. evenings from 5-7 p.m. and Sat. mornings from 9 a.m.-noon. All supplies and instruction are provided. Volunteers should bring a water bottle and wear comfortable work clothes. All ages welcome.
 
Groups Needed for Parks, Trails and Garden Projects
One thing that makes Salt Lake City a great place to live, work and play is the abundance of trees, parks, trails, gardens and natural areas. Groups of all ages can lend a hand with keeping these areas in great shape. Two to four-hour projects are available for groups of up to 100 people and take place during the week, in the evenings and on weekends. All supplies, tools and instruction are provided; no experience is necessary. Contact Savannah Wake, SLC Volunteer Coordinator, at savannah.wake@slcgov.com or 801-535-6202 to explore project options.