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Volunteer opportunities available at local organizations

By Weber Human Services - Special to the Standard-Examiner | May 11, 2024

BEN DORGER, Standard-Examiner file photo

Baker-Merrill American Legion Post 9 in Ogden is pictured Wednesday, July 3, 2019.

Weber Human Services is looking for people who can help Northern Utah nonprofits. For more information on volunteer opportunities or to post an opportunity for your organization, call 801-625-3777 or 801-778-6897.

If you are interested in volunteering and do not see what interests you please call us as we have many more opportunities available and will help you find what interests you and best uses your skills. If your organization is in need of volunteers, please give us a call.

  • The Weber County Animal Shelter needs volunteers over the age of 18. The main need is to walk the dogs. Volunteers need to be able to walk for 10-15 minutes per dog. They have a need every day of the week! If walking dogs isn’t something you can do, they have other areas that need volunteers, like drivers who can transport animals. They also need towels, large or small.
  • Consistent volunteers needed for the lending library in Ogden elementary schools one hour a day, four days per week, June 3-July 11. Must be 18-plus years old. Give kids free books and help be the reason they read during the summer to prevent summer slide. Training and coaching provided.
  • Looking to put a little extra money in your pocket? The Senior Companion Program is looking for individuals 55 and older who are living on moderate to low incomes to serve as companions and friends to homebound individuals in the community. Mileage, training and a small monthly stipend are available. On SSDI? Don’t worry, the stipend does not affect your benefits! Volunteering 15 hours a week could bring you around $270 more a month!
  • Are you tired of extreme polarization or having to vote for the lesser of two evils? Utah Approves is advocating for Approval Voting in Utah, a new voting system that better reflects voter values, cools polarization and enables citizens to vote for who they truly want. Our events, communications and social media teams are looking for volunteers to help with event planning, event operations, publication writing, research, content creation, media engagement and more! We love catering to our volunteers’ strengths, so bring your experience and interests and we’ll find something for you to do.
  • Alzheimer’s Associations need volunteers for support group volunteers. Support group facilitators create a safe, open environment where people share their feelings, thoughts and experiences in a combined effort to better cope with and manage the shared problems of dementia; facilitate groups of caregivers or people living with dementia to provide social and educational support helping group members provide emotional support to one another; present pertinent association materials and information to group members; and assure a positive experience for attendees. Support groups are typically once a month for 1-1.5 hours. Support group facilitators prepare about 10-15 minutes of a specific topic. For example: In December, a lot of our groups’ topic was “holidays and grief.”
  • Alzheimer’s Associations need volunteers as community educators to deliver approximately 12 presentations (in person or virtually) annually using prepared Alzheimer’s Association consumer education programs on a variety of care and support topics; collaborate with local association staff to expand programs by securing community partners, scheduling presentations, delivering the programs and managing needed materials; serve as presenters for chapter-scheduled education programs and conferences; and provide four hours of online instruction and observation of one to two other support group sessions. The online training is self-paced and does not have to completed all in one sitting.
  • Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is looking for a few front desk volunteers for Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., giving the opportunity for a couple of volunteers to alternate Saturdays.
  • Looking to make a difference? Senior Medicare Patrol in Weber and Morgan counties is looking for volunteers. Help prevent Medicare fraud and abuse, and educate seniors about Medicare. You can help with distributing information, staffing exhibits or one-on-one Medicare counseling. It is up to you. Training is provided and required. You can do as little or as much as you desire.
  • The Weber/Morgan County ombudsman is looking for volunteers to be a voice and advocate for residents in Weber/Morgan County nursing homes and assisted living facilities. You can improve the residents’ quality of life, advocate for rights, help residents navigate a discharge or eviction, and more. This is a good way to increase your knowledge about nursing home regulations and increase your problem-solving skills. There is required training and continuing education, and in addition, some great mentoring. Do it on your time schedule. We like an hour commitment a week, but it can be discussed for special situations.
  • Volunteers needed for Ogden ReStore. Volunteer at Habitat for Humanity’s nonprofit home-improvement thrift store to accept donated items, maintain the sales floor and assist customers Tuesday-Saturday. The last Saturday of every month, they need an increased number of volunteers.
  • Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is also looking for a few native garden caretakers. They would be responsible for the outdoor classroom and nature play area pollinator gardens. Duties would include weeding, making sure the drip irrigation lines are working, installing the inline timers, fertilizing and caring for the young plants until established. The day of week is open but may require a few hours a day for a couple of days a week during growing season.
  • Brigham City Meals on Wheels is looking for drivers to deliver meals to clients Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Bear River Valley Hospital is looking for volunteers to manage the information desk. They would help with giving directions and wheelchair assistance. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9 a.m. to noon or Monday and Wednesday noon to 3 p.m.
  • Brigham Senior Center is looking for an activities volunteer to teach exercise classes.
  • A Center for Grieving Children needs volunteers 18 years or older to work with children, teens and their families that are experiencing loss because of death, divorce or separation. We train all new volunteers. Evening groups 5:30-8 p.m.
  • The George E. Wahlen Ogden Veterans Home is looking for volunteers to help with activities, one on ones, go to excursions, filling bird feeders and other things. Most activities are Monday-Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a few evening things thrown in. Need to be able to pass a background check and be vaccinated.
  • Catholic Community Services has volunteering opportunities in the food pantry: setting up, distributing groceries to clients, stocking shelves, cleaning up and assisting with other daily projects, Tuesday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. They also need a few more regular volunteers to help in the food pantry on Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • AARP Virtual Trivia volunteer needed to help facilitate Fun & Fulfillment virtual trivia games on Thursday nights. If any AARP volunteers are looking for opportunities to participate in a fun and engaging program on a recurring basis, contact us for more information.
  • Perfect opportunity for retired people, students (16 and up) or anyone who has a few hours to spare! The American Red Cross of Northern Utah needs volunteers to check people in at local blood drives and at the fixed site in Layton. It is an easy role; you check in donors, make sure they have completed their health history form, show them where the snacks are and thank them for their donation. You can even read, knit or study during your down time. They are looking for volunteers one to two days per week at a blood drive.
  • If you love animals, you will love volunteering at the Safe Haven Sanctuary. We are in great need of volunteers at our cat sanctuary just west of Brigham City. Volunteering involves doing daily chores for the cats, loving them, scooping litter boxes, watering, feeding, cleaning, etc. We would need you to commit to two or three hours on whatever day you choose; the time of day is flexible, whatever suits your schedule.
  • Are you feeling lonely and 55 years or older? Would you like someone to call you weekly to visit with you? If you would be interested in having someone call you, then contact us.
  • Do you know how to use sign language? Fluent in other languages? Hill Aerospace Museum is looking for individuals who can be on call for groups and individuals who need this service while attending the museum.
  • Ogden American Legion Post 9 is seeking volunteers for its honor guard. Members perform military funeral honors, flag retirement ceremonies, post colors at events and Eagle Scout court of honors. Training will be provided and assistance is available for uniform purchase.
  • The Circles program through OWCAP is looking for community members to volunteer as allies and help community members break the circle of poverty. Allies are community members who want to be in a supportive, befriending relationship with an individual or family enrolled in the Circles program.
  • The American Red Cross is in need of volunteers in your area! We have many positions available, but two of our most needed are blood donor ambassadors and disaster volunteers! Blood donor ambassadors volunteer at blood drives and help to check in the blood donors for their appointments. Disaster volunteers can be boots on the ground in person and respond to disasters big and small or help us in a virtual capacity by being a duty officer or a Recovery Team member.
  • Washington Terrace Senior Center is looking for volunteers in the kitchen on Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. They also need a volunteer for their Rummage Room on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to noon. They would keep things organized, put away donations and make sure they are not dirty and worth selling, help clients with a purchase and keep track of sales and money.
  • Onstage Ogden is looking for volunteers to help usher at concerts, staff our info and kids craft booths at summer festivals and markets, and set up for our golf tournament. Shifts last three to five hours and most work is outside under a tent, sitting down.
  • The Hill AFB Thrift Shop is seeking volunteers for various positions in the shop who are willing to help on Wednesday or Thursday. Must be able to get onto base.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters are looking for volunteers. For more details, visit their site at bbbsu.org, click on Be a Big, then on drop down click on Get Started. You will need to read and complete each step.
  • Davis County area is in need of Meals on Wheels volunteers — drivers and runners. Monday through Friday, hours may vary based on route; routes are about two hours, 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteer one shift a week or as a sub if you cannot commit to a steady schedule.
  • Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is looking for individuals 55 years of age or older to volunteer in local nonprofit organizations such as food banks, shelters, housing complexes, senior centers, wildlife centers, historical museums, schools and more. Mileage reimbursement allowed.
  • Eden Streets — Farm Build “Grow Ogden” at 880 28th St. (northeast corner of First Presbyterian Church). Come build a farm to transitionally employ those facing homelessness. Tools and gloves provided. Further Farm Build dates will appear on JustServe.org.
  • The Weber County Sport Shooting Complex is looking for volunteers for the following positions: Range safety office and range reception/cashier. Volunteers need not be certified but must have a basic knowledge of firearms, firearm safety and must take a four-hour class. Individuals must pass a background check and volunteer a minimum of eight hours per month. Training provided.
  • The Foster Grandparent Program and RSVP Grandparent Programs in Weber, Davis, Morgan and Box Elder counties are looking for individuals 55 years of age or older to volunteer as reading tutors to elementary school children who have fallen behind their class. Volunteers are placed at a school close to home and can serve between two to 20 hours per week. Monthly stipend and mileage reimbursements are available to those who qualify.
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) give a child a voice and change their story. Must be over 21 and able to pass a background check.

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