HOI Volunteer Corner

Volunteers play an essential role in allowing Housing Opportunities, Inc. to provide quality supportive services free of charge to participants in the Housing Authority of the County of Salt Lake’s housing assistance programs.

Please contact Elizabeth Bioteau, Resident Services Manager at 801-284-4405 for more information on how to volunteer in the following programs.

Senior Activities- The Senior Summer Social is an event held annually at Valley Fair Village, a community for low-income seniors and sponsored by G.E. Capital Community Days. G.E. Capital employees provide residents with an outdoor breakfast and then volunteer their time to plant donated flowers with residents. Donations of flowers, volunteer time, or suggestions for other senior activities are welcomed.

Help People Overcoming Homelessness – HACSL provides permanent and transitional housing for homeless individuals and families through a variety of programs. The move into housing can be much easier with a few supplies that many of us take for granted: personal care items, cleaning supplies, towels, bedding, cookware, dishes, and laundry supplies. Volunteers who would like to coordinate a drive for new furnishing items or who would like to made an individual donation are welcomed.

Grace Mary Manor is a permanent supportive housing community for people who were homeless prior to moving in. We are actively seeking individual and group volunteers for a variety of short and long-term volunteer projects. Do you have a hobby you’d like to share? Community spaces are available on-site for volunteers to hold cooking, craft, game, exercise, and movie activities.

Book Wagon – The book wagon provides a complementary service to our Kids Program. Academic Achievement is one component of the Kids Program and through the Book Wagon love of reading is encouraged. The Book Wagon collects new children’s books and delivers them to each of our program sites in a red wagon. Youth are then encouraged to select a book from the wagon to keep for the own. In addition, the site visits also include a reading time led by a community volunteer. Donations of books or volunteer time for reading are welcomed.

Community Gardens- Three of our communities have community gardens. At Pleasant Green Villa, a community for very low-income people with severe disabilities, residents are grow vegetables in raised bed gardens. At Grace Mary Manor, a community for people overcoming homelessness, residents are growing vegetables and flowers. At Valley Fair Village, a community for low-income seniors, residents grow flowers. Donations of plants, tools, soil, and volunteer time are warmly accepted.

Backpacks for Kids- This project will allow children age 5-13 who participate in our after-school Kids Program to begin school with the right supplies to succeed. In August, before the start of school, children will receive a new backpack filled with school supplies. Backpacks have been collected through a generous donation from the Office Depot “Backpacks for Kids” program. We are currently collecting school supplies to fill the backpacks with. Items needed include: folders, notebooks, pencils, markers, crayons, pencil boxes, erasers, and pencil sharpeners. In total, we would like to help 150 low-income at-risk youth with this project. Volunteers wishing to conduct supply drives or donate items themselves are needed.