Help Change A Life Through Volunteer Work At The Boys And Girls Club
May 01, 2015 08:20AM
● Published by Jessica Thompson
Lives are changed through the selfless service offered by the volunteers of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake.
“I believe very passionately that every child deserves a childhood. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake strives to do that for every child that walks through our doors. I have worked for the organization for ten years, and I have witnessed firsthand the positive impact our programs, staff and volunteers have on the youth we serve,” volunteer coordinator, Tiffany Harris, said.
You, too, can become an influence in the lives of children by becoming a volunteer for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Greater Salt Lake Area.
There are eight different volunteer opportunities within the Boys and Girls Clubs. Here are three of the activities you can help with:
Homework Help/Tutor: You can make a difference in a child’s life by helping them reach their full potential by tutoring them in subjects such as math, reading, spelling, science and social studies. Volunteers need to commit to at least one hour a week for 3 months. Opportunities are available Monday through Thursday from 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Kids Café: This program provides meals to hundreds of children who otherwise wouldn’t receive dinner. Volunteers help prepare meals provided by the Utah Food Bank. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday from 5:00-6:00 p.m. and help out for at least one shift a week for three months.
Art Teacher: You can help youth explore their talents and skills by participating in the art program. Teaching opportunities are available Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Through Harris’s years of working with the organization, she has seen many volunteers go out of their way to impact the youth. One specific volunteer has given over 200 hours of service with the teen program at the Capitol West Club.
“To celebrate this amazing milestone we threw her a small party with the teens in her program. While everyone else was lining up for cake, she hung back and finished a pool game she started with one of our Club members. It wasn’t until the game was over that she finally came and got a piece of her cake, well after the party had dissipated. This was just one example of this volunteer’s dedication to our youth,” Harris said.
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