Welcome to Volunteering in South Salt Lake!
THANK YOU for choosing to share your time, talent, and skills with the children and youth, seniors and families in our community and for your willingness to serve!
South Salt Lake has many volunteer opportunities:
Children K-6 Grades
Description: South Salt Lake Afterschool programs need tutors to support youth academics for youth in grades K-6 for afterschool programs.
Centers: Hser Ner Moo Center, Historic Scott School Community Center, Central Park Community Center & PAL Boxing Program, Kearns St. Ann School, Meadowbrook STEM Center; Woodrow Wilson, Lincoln, Moss, and Roosevelt Elementary Schools.
Days/Times: Monday-Thursday; times range from 2:50pm to 6:45pm or Friday; times range from 1:00pm to 5:00pm (*specific days/times depend on the chosen center). Volunteers may choose to come 1x per week or more.
Minimum commitment period:4 months or full summer
FRIDAY EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING CHAPERONES
Description: Volunteer Chaperones needed for K-6 Friday field trips.
Centers: Hser Ner Moo Center, Historic Scott School Community Center, Central Park Community Center & PAL Boxing Program, Kearns St. Ann School, Meadowbrook STEM Center; Woodrow Wilson, Lincoln, Moss and Roosevelt Elementary Schools.
Days/Hours:Individuals must be available on Fridays, usually between the hours of 1:00pm-5:00 p.m.
Youth 7-12 Grades
Description: South Salt Lake Programs need tutors for youth in 7th through-12th grades in afterschool programs.
Centers: Hser Ner Moo Center, Historic Scott School Community Center, Granite Park Jr. High, Central Park Community Center and PAL Boxing Program, Meadowbrook STEM Center, Kearns St. Ann School, Utah International School and Cottonwood High Promise Program. Tutors provide daily academic assistance (language arts, math, science, social studies and history).
Days/Times: Monday-Thursday; times range from 2:45pm to 8:30pm or Friday; times range from 12:30pm to 7:30pm(*specific days/times depend on the chosen center). Volunteers may choose to come 1x per week or more.
Minimum commitment period: 4 months or full summer
Description: Mentors are needed for Jr. High and High School age youth.
Centers: Hser Ner Moo Center, Historic Scott School Community Center, Granite Park Jr. High, Central Park Community Center and PAL Boxing Program, Commonwealth Performing Arts and Youth Entrepreneurial Center, Meadowbrook STEM Center, Kearns St. Ann School, Utah International School and Cottonwood High Promise Program .
Hours: 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
Description:Sports and Recreation Coaches are needed.
Days/Times: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.
Description: Volunteers are needed to serve dinner at Kids Café. Food handler’s permit is required.
Centers: Lincoln, Woodrow, Moss, Roosevelt, Hser Ner Moo Center, Historic Scott School Community Center, Granite Park Jr. High, Central Park Community Center and PAL Boxing Program, Commonwealth Performing Arts and Youth Entrepreneurial Center, Meadowbrook STEM Center, Kearns St. Ann School, Utah International School and Cottonwood High Promise Program for one hour per day.
Days/Hours: Programs run Monday-Thursdays in various centers, and have consolidated operation on Fridays.
Description:All programs need guest facilitators to provide specialized programming.
Days/Times: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 period: 1 day/week for 6-8 weeks, corresponding with programming sessions.
Interpreters and Translators
Description: 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 signup/registration days. Translators can work from their own homes providing language translation for flyers, notices, newspaper/newsletter articles (Spanish), signs, and letters to parents, etc.
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.
Minimum commitment period: Determined by duration or deadline of event/program
MOMS AND TODDLERS CLASSES
Description: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 Center
Days/Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Minimum commitment period: School year (Sept-end of May)
FAMILY TO FAMILY MENTORS
Description: 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.
Centers: All- emphasis on community based centers
Hours/Times:Varied. 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.
Minimum commitment period: At least 6 months, preferred.
Description: South Salt Lake Senior Citizens need services offered by volunteers such as companioning, reading, cooking, cleaning, yard work, and light home repair.
Centers: All—work in coordination with SL County Aging Services
Description: 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: Volunteers work in collaboration with the SSL Urban Livability Division (Christina Cline)
Days/Hours: Varied. Primarily Saturday mornings, with a few weekday projects occur throughout the summer.
PROMISE SOUTH SALT LAKE COUNCILS
Description: 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 and varied locations
Note: All individuals who wish to volunteer with South Salt Lake youth, seniors, and families must apply through the Promise South Salt Lake Volunteer Coordinator, participate in scheduled orientation and must pass a background check ($22.00 fee). All volunteers must comply with all city policies regarding volunteer interaction.
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