Salt Lake City

City, Local Groups Seek Volunteers for March Projects

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 5, 2013
Contact: Savannah Wake
801-535-6202

City, Local Groups Seek Volunteers for March Projects
    
SALT LAKE CITY – As winter starts its slow transition to spring and summer, work continues on the 2013 volunteer projects lists. Service in the City offers ongoing and one-time opportunities to fit a wide variety of schedules and interests. More one-time outdoor activities will start popping up soon along with the flowers and grass – sure signs of the new season. Stay current via the Service in the City website at http://www.slcgov.com/volunteer.


OPPORTUNITIES FOR INVOLVEMENT

Get Involved with the Salt Lake City Police Department

Attentive SLC residents can register for Operation Safe Passage, a program designed to help ensure that school children get to and from school safely, or Volunteer Corps (formerly Mobile Neighborhood Watch), a program designed to help keep our communities safe. SLC youth ages 14-20 can enroll in the SLCPD Explorers program, working closely with police officers to learn about law enforcement careers and gain an understanding of police operation through hands-on training.

Springtime Happenings at the Sorenson Unity Center

Volunteers interested in learning more about community gardens or helping to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics will find a fun spot at the Unity Center. Computer classes for adults and youth are available five days a week in the Computer Center and outdoor service activities in the Unity Gardens occur throughout the season.

Glendale or Poplar Grove Residents - This One Is For You

The Sorenson Multi-Cultural Center Advisory Board is looking for two residents from the Glendale or Poplar Grove community to serve a two-year term. The Advisory Board assists the Sorenson Multi-Cultural Center administration on policies, programming, fees, schedules, fundraising and promoting Center activities while insuring adequate input and representation from the communities it serves. If you are interested in serving, email unitycenter@slcgov.com.

Help Build Bikes with GREENbike – SLC’s New Bike Share

Celebrate the Year of the Bike by supporting SLC’s new bike sharing program. Volunteers ages 18+ are needed for a variety of tasks including unpacking and assembling bikes and adding decals. Bike mechanic experience is appreciated but not required. This weeklong project begins on March 12 with three shifts taking place between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. each day. Tools, training, food and beverages will be provided. If you are interested in volunteering, go to info@greenbikeslc.org.

YouthCity is looking for volunteer mentors!

YouthCity is looking for responsible mentors to assist our students with fun and supportive activities. Classes include community service, homework help, sports, cooking, sewing, ceramics, skateboarding and much more.

Register Your Fruit Tree with the new Local Fruit Tree Registry

As part of an initiative to reduce food waste, Salt Lake City has partnered with TreeUtah, Avenue's Fruitshare, Green Urban Lunch Box and Salt Lake Community Action Network to create an online database where residents can register their fruit trees for potential "gleaning" or harvest events.

SLCPD Anti-Drug Student Art Contest

The Salt Lake City Police Department and Art Institute are proud to present their annual Anti-Drug Student Art Contest! The contest is open to all high school students, public or charter, within the boundaries of Salt Lake City. Prizes include $2,500 college scholarships and an Apple MacBook laptop. Submissions are due by March 31, 2013.

OTHER LOCAL OPPORTUNITIES

Salt Lake City is full of diverse non-profit organizations all working hard to impact our community.  Check out some other fun volunteer opportunities!

KRCL Radiothon

Volunteers play a crucial role in helping KRCL raise funds needed to keep the station listener-powered and on the air. Take part in the Spring Radiothon, happening March 16 - 24. Get a behind-the-scenes look at a local radio station while helping with phones, data entry and other administrative projects.

TreeUtah Team Leaders

Community members are needed to help manage volunteer groups, ensuring that trees are planted correctly at parks and other public spaces. Tree planting experience is not nearly as important as an enthusiastic attitude, eagerness to learn and desire to help us do good in our community and the environment.

Outdoor Service at Red Butte Garden

Red Butte Garden provides opportunities to work in the Garden helping with garden plantings, mulching, weeding and other projects that could take weeks to accomplish without large volunteer groups. Opportunities are available March - November, weather depending. Please call two weeks in advance of your preferred service date.