OGDEN -- Your Community Connection is looking for volunteers to help at the front desk and the domestic violence victim assistance center.
Julie Hurd, special events coordinator for YCC, said there is a need simply because the organization lacks money to hire people to do the jobs that need to be done to continue offering its services.
"On average, we help about 300 people a day, and without our volunteers, our staff would be unable to maintain the sheer volume of individuals we help," Hurd said. "Currently, we do not have as many volunteers as we need, so staff are doing things outside of their jobs to cover all areas of service."
Volunteers work an average of four to five hours each week, Hurd said.
"I have volunteered at YCC for four and a half years. I have been richly rewarded in my volunteer service," Richard Berrett said. "I have a good feeling when I'm able to help a person who is struggling with different issues in their life, such as housing and domestic violence, by referring them to the various services YCC offers. Our goal here at YCC is to help people turn their lives around with the programs we offer and resources that are prevalent in the area."
Hurd said the organization is looking for people who are dependable, consistent and willing to make a long-term commitment.
"We are not asking for students who need to fill 20 hours of service or church groups who want to help for two hours one time. We get plenty of those people all the time. We desperately need people who will be responsible and play a vital role in the organization," she said.
Hurd said volunteers must also pass a criminal background check before they begin working at the center.
YCC was started in 1945 by a group of Christian women who saw a need to help women and children who were victims of abuse. The women built a safe house on 25th Street.
The organization, originally called the YWCA, changed its name to YCC in 1988 when it began to offer services to men.
Services provided by YCC include domestic violence victim assistance, homeless housing assistance, rape recovery, parenting and self-esteem classes and medical clinic referrals.
If interested in volunteering, call Hurd at 801-689-1706. The center is at 2261 Adams Ave.