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Welcome to Volunteering in South Salt Lake!

THANK YOU for choosing to share your time, talent, skills and love with the children and youth, seniors and families in our community whose lives you will bless with your willingness to serve!

South Salt Lake has many volunteer opportunities: 

Interpreters and Translators

South Salt Lake desperately needs individuals who can provide interpretation and translation!  Both written and spoken services are needed in a wide variety of languages including Spanish, French, Karen, Vietnamese, Arabic, Farce, Swahili, Mai Mai, and many others.  Interpreters will work with the Centers on an “as needed” basis, and assist with activities and events, such as parent/family awareness nights, cultural celebrations, parent/teacher conferences, and sign-up/registration days.  Translators can work from their own homes providing language translation for flyers, notices, newspaper/newsletter articles (Spanish), signs, letters to parents, etc. Centers: All Minimum commitment period: Determined by duration or deadline of event/program Days/Hours: Interpreters need to be available at the day, time, and place of the event for which they volunteer.  Translators of written materials have no set hours, and they must be willing and able to complete the assigned document within the timeframe for which it is needed.

Moms and Toddlers Classes

Assistance is needed in the Early Learning (0-3 year-olds) class and possibly 4-year-olds who are in English Class. Center: Hser Ner Moo Community and Welcome Center Minimum commitment period: None Days/Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Children K-6th Grades

Tutors

South Salt Lake Afterschool programs need tutors to support youth academics for youth in grades K-6 for afterschool programs. Centers:  Hser Ner Moo Community and Welcome Center, Villa Franche Center, Woodrow Wilson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt Elementary Schools. Days/times: Monday-Thursday or Monday- Friday.  Volunteers may choose to come 1x per week or more.  Time varies from 2 to 3 until 5:30-6:30 p.m. (specific days/times depend on the chosen center).  Minimum commitment period: none, but preferably 1 school year.

Friday Experiential Learning Chaperones

Volunteer Chaperones needed for K-6 Friday field trips.  Individuals must be available on Fridays, usually between the hours of 1-5:30 p.m. Centers: Woodrow Wilson Elementary, Hser Ner Moo Community and Welcome Center, Roosevelt Elementary, and Lincoln Elementary

Youth 7th -12th Grades

Tutors

South Salt Lake Programs need tutors for youth in 7th through-12th grades in afterschool programs Centers: Hser Ner Moo Community and Welcome Center, Villa Franche Center, Granite Park Jr. High, and the South Salt Lake Police Athletics/Activities League (PAL) Boxing Center. Tutors provide daily academic assistance (language arts, math, science, social studies and history). Days/times: Monday-Thursday or Monday- Friday.  Volunteers may choose to come 1x per week or more.  Time varies from 2 to 3 until 5:30-8:30 p.m. (specific days/times depend on the chosen center).  Minimum commitment period: none, but preferably 1 school year.

Mentors

Mentors are needed for Jr. High aged youth at the PAL Boxing Center, Granite Park Jr. High, Hser Ner Moo Community and Welcome Center and Villa Franche Center.  Mentors must spend a minimum of one hour per week, during regular programming hours, with their students.  Mentors must complete Mentor orientation and training (National PAL mentor model).  Minimum commitment period: 1 year.

Youth- All Ages- Miscellaneous

Coaches and Referees

Sports and Recreation Coaches are needed.  Intramural recreation referees serve on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5:30.  During Jr. Jazz from 3-5.  Jr. Jazz, Soccer, T-Ball, Baseball, Flag Football are all sports where volunteers are needed.  These positions are seasonal, with the terms lasting 4-10 weeks.  Volunteers must be available for practices and games.

Kids Cafe

Volunteers are needed to serve dinner at Kids Café at Lincoln, Woodrow, Roosevelt, Hser Ner Moo Center, and PAL Boxing Center for one hour per day.  Programs run Monday-Thursdays in various centers.  Several programs centralize on Fridays, locating out of Woodrow Wilson Elementary School.  Food handler’s permit is required.

Guest Facilitators

All programs need guest facilitators to provide specialized programming. Guest program facilitators work directly with student groups one day each week (usually Monday-Thurs.) teaching approximately one-hour lessons between 3 and 8 p.m.  They provide responsive, interest-based programming in which they possess expertise—this can be anything that youth will enjoy and that can teach them a new skill or hobby (i.e. photography, art, cooking, drama, knitting, yoga, dance, club sports, chess, knot tying, etc.) Minimum commitment: 1 day/week for 6-8 weeks, corresponding with programming sessions.  

Adults/Families

Family to Family Mentors

Mentors are also needed for adults and families throughout the South Salt Lake Community who are refugee or immigrant newcomers to our country/area.  These positions could be filled by individuals or by families desiring to work with families.  These special volunteer opportunities require participating in a mandatory training through the English Skills Learning Center— which is provided about once every other month (8 hours- usually 2 Saturday mornings) and completing an online training that is provided by the Utah Dept. of Workforce Services, Office of Refugee Services. Centers: Hser Ner Moo Community and Welcome Center, Villa Franche Center, PAL Boxing Center Hours: Varied Minimum commitment: At least 6 months preferred.

Seniors

South Salt Lake Senior Citizens need services offered by volunteers such as companioning, reading, cooking, cleaning, yard work, and light home repair.  Centers: Promise Office Days/Hours: Varied Minimum Commitment: None.

Community Connection

From May through September, South Salt Lake Community Connection provides neighborhood revitalization in a different area defined by economic, crime, and health indicators in South Salt Lake.  Services are offered to residents in need, such as basic home repairs, yard work, painting, building wheelchair ramps and other disability accommodations, creating streetscapes, etc.  Most projects take place on Saturday mornings, although smaller projects and occasional opportunities occur Monday-Friday. We also coordinate days with large corporations, such as Comcast Cares Day, where we seek large numbers of volunteers all on one particular day.  Centers: Contact Urban Livability Department Days/Hours: Varied.  Primarily Saturday mornings, with a few weekday project sprinkled throughout the summer. 

Promise South Salt Lake Councils

Individuals desiring to participate in the social change work in South Salt Lake may enjoy serving on one of the seven Promise South Salt Lake Councils: Health, Safety, Education, Housing, Jobs & Economy, Neighborhoods, and Arts & Culture. These groups meet monthly to network, assess, build community capacity, plan programming, advise center activities, and drive the action that “moves the needle” on creating better lives for the entire community.  These groups also work with the various City departments to plan and deliver community events. Centers: Promise South Salt Lake Office Minimum Commitment: None Days/Hours:  Varied.

*Note: All individuals who wish to volunteer with South Salt Lake youth, seniors, and families must apply at the center at which they plan to serve and must pass a background check ($22 fee).  All volunteers must comply with all city policies regarding volunteer interactions. Volunteer Coordinator Emily Garfield T
801-455-0994 or promise.volunteer@sslc.com; or Domoina Kendell, Deputy Director of Promise South Salt Lake, 801.518.9523 dkendell@sslc.com