OGDEN -- The holidays are over, but those associated with area nonprofit agencies hope the spirit of giving will hang around a little longer.
"The client need does not diminish after the holidays are over," said Karina Martin, volunteer coordinator for Catholic Community Services of Ogden and the Joyce Hansen Hall Food Bank. "We're still looking at 2,300 households getting food here each month."
Martin said the number of clients the food bank serves will stay the same now that the new year is here.
"The reason we see the most traffic during the holidays is because of all the extra services we offer," Martin said. "I think it would be wonderful to see that spirit of community-mindness and giving continue throughout the year, because sometimes that need is even greater."
And Lt. Jan Pemberton, of the Ogden Salvation Army, said the donations in the Christmas kettles were helpful but only pay for four months of programming at the agency.
"The need, it doesn't go away just because it's after Christmas," Pemberton said. "The need is always there, and we do appreciate any and all support that we can get from the community."
Pemberton said Ogden's kettle donations this year were similar to last year's, while other cities saw a dip in contributions.
Robin Holcomb, regional director of the YMCA of Northern Utah office, said now is a great time to volunteer.
"We just updated our website," she said. "It includes a bunch of different ways you can volunteer, specifically for our new facility we are building at Lincoln Elementary School."
Holcomb said those who are interested in volunteering with her agency may visit ymcautah.org/volunteer where they can find specific projects related to the YMCA's future building.
Martin said the volunteer force now at the food bank is only big enough to get by.
"We would like to have every client-choice volunteer station manned," she said. "That hasn't happened yet."
Martin said the food bank is set up to allow clients to choose from among the foods they are offered. The system works best when there are volunteers at each of the stations where choices are made, she said.
"That way, we are helping clients navigate the pantry and offer friendly smiles," she said.
Martin said she is always interested in recruiting volunteers.
From noon to 1 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays, she offers a volunteer orientation for those interested in volunteering for shifts from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays. The food bank is located at 2504 "F" Ave. in Ogden.
But people also may sponsor food and donation drives to help the food bank.
"An area where we definitely struggle is having enough food for the first three months of the year," Martin said.
Those interested in helping the food bank may call Martin at 801-428-1296 or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pemberton said there are a host of ways area residents can offer their help to the Salvation Army.
She said coat, shoe and blanket drives as well as nonperishable food drives are always appreciated. In special need right now are hygiene kits and donations of instruments as the Ogden Salvation Army is planning to start a junior brass band.
"We need trumpets, coronets, guitars, snare drums and trombones," Pemberton said.
Fundraisers also would be appreciated, she added.
Pemberton said she hopes to raise money to help send kids in need to summer camps.
Also, an after-school club that will run from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday recently started.
"If they want to donate supplies or money for that, it will go to good use," she said.
And if that list is not enough, she said volunteers also are always needed in the Salvation Army thrift store.
For more information, call the Ogden Salvation Army at 801-621-3580 or email Pemberton at email@example.com.