“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” - Aesop
Volunteers are the backbone of Catholic Community Services of Utah (CCS). Their time, energy, and compassion are what make our programs so successful. CCS volunteers are thoroughly trained and undergo background checks to ensure the safety and overall quality of our programs.
Our biggest volunteer needs right now are for refugee mentors in Salt Lake City and refugee foster care tutors in Utah County. We also need administration, warehouse and reception assistance in Ogden. We look forward to working with you if any of these areas interest you. Otherwise, read below to see what other opportunities we have to offer.
RR Orientation– All new volunteers are asked to attend this very important educational class to learn more about refugees, the process of their journey and the services received through CCS. Orientations are presented the second Thursday of every month at 5:45 pm at the Refugee Office on 745 E. 300 S.,SLC. In addition to the monthly schedule, we can hold individual orientation for at least 3 potential volunteers.
Help a refugee family learn about life in Utah. There are several ways to help: Work with CCS Job Developers to teach refugees how to write a great resume and assist them in locating jobs. Mentor a refugee family. At minimum, spend 2-3 hours a week for 4-6 months helping a family acquaint to life in Utah. Tasks include everything from explaining American grocery stores to attending Parent-Teacher conferences. Teach English to refugees. Tutor school-age refugee children. Assist with the set-up of refugee family homes prior to arrival. Assist case managers with office help assisting with refugee transition and clerical assistance.
Help organize and sort home furnishings in the Sharehouse.
Volunteer at the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall serving and or preparing meals seven days a week (Lunch is from 11:30a.m.–1:00p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturdays from 10:00a.m.-11:00a.m/ Dinner is from 4:45p.m. -6:00p.m. Monday through Sunday).
Work in the office and assist with clerical duties such as; data entry, filing and phone calls.
Work at the Weigand Homeless Resource Center assisting clients with program opportunities and information. Teach basic computer skills – setting up email accounts to help central contact point for job searches and teach clients how to apply on line.
Help stock shelves, organize and sort food at the Hall Food Bank (Shifts available Monday-Friday and one Saturday a month from 7:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.). Assist with food bank client intake, resource and referral services and general office needs during busniess hours Monday-Friday. Volunteer as a driver to deliver food boxes to elderly or shut-in clients, as well as food pick-up from grocery stores. Organize the St. Martha's Baby Project storage room, help deliver the layettes to area hospitals and create blankets.
Office help is needed in all programs during business hours. Duties include, but aren't limited to computer data entry, answering phones, and filing.We need volunteers with specialized skills from accounting to painting to assist our clients and agency with various projects and special events.
Maintenance of all building grounds including snow removal and lawn care.