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Looking for ways to help or get help in the community? The following is a curated list of organizations and opportunities to help you plug into your community. To suggest something for this page, email radioactive@krcl.org.

Make a connection and discover opportunities to lend a hand to your neighbors.

American Red Cross of Utah: redcrossblood.org
Looking to make a difference? Donate blood. The Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage. Give now and help avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients and just maybe, your or someone you love. Visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment today.

Anti-Racism Resources in Utah:

Bicycle Collective: bicyclecollective.org/get-involved 
Get a bike or give a bike through the Bicycle Collective, a non profit that invests in our community by giving bikes to adults and kids and offering programming like mountain bike camps and bike repair classes. Info on donating equipment and becoming a volunteer at bicyclecollective.org/get-involved.

Clean Slate Utah: www.cleanslateutah.org

Utah's "clean slate law" goes into effect February 10, 2022, marking the beginning of automatic record clearances in Utah. For more information or help with the expungement process, visit cleanslateutah.orgClean Slate Utah is a new nonprofit, — instrumental in the law's passage — working to ensure that Utahns don't miss out on opportunities because of their past.

Comunidades Unidas: www.cuutah.org 
Comunidades Unidas seeks to support and inspire Latinx communities to recognize their potential and be a positive force for change. They’re looking for volunteers to help with social media, fundraising and advocacy programs. Learn more about Communities United at www.cuutah.org

COVID-19 Resources:

Cyber-Seniors, providing virtual digital literacy training and support for senior citizens: 
Cyber-Seniors is committed to addressing social isolation amongst senior citizens and providing rewarding volunteer opportunities to youth. This project is a virtual/do-from-home service opportunity to help senior citizens with using computers and other digital tools. As a trained Mentor, you can also help older adults sign up for the Cyber-Seniors service, which includes not only digital training opportunities but online webinars and workshops. For more information, click here. Note: Local partner is EPIK Deliberate Digital

The Inn Between: tibhospice.org
The Inn Between cares for our neighbors who are terminally ill and experiencing homelessness. You can help add some creativity to residents’ lives by donating art and craft supplies … including painting and crocheting sets, jewelry-making kits, and adult coloring books. Find details about The Inn Between at tibhospice.org

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Salt Lake City: rescue.org/united-states/salt-lake-city-ut
This nonprofit provides opportunities for refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, and other immigrants to thrive in America. Since opening its doors in 1994, the IRC in Salt Lake City has resettled nearly 12,000 refugees and provided life-changing services to thousands more in the Beehive State. Click here to learn how you can help refugees in SLC. 

Meals on Wheels: slco.org/aging-adult-services/meals-on-wheels
Meals on Wheels provides nutritious meals to seniors in need. If your family member or neighbor could use a hot meal delivered to their home each weekday, visit Meals on Wheels to apply. They’re also looking for groups to volunteer to make deliveries. Click here for more details.

NAMI Utah, Mental Health Resources: www.NAMIUT.org
1 in 5 Utahns experienced a mental illness in the past year. NAMI Utah offers classes and support groups for families, caregivers and individuals living with mental illness. Find out about the mental health resources that are offered in your neighborhood at www.NAMIUT.org

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Everyone plays a role in suicide prevention. Call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) for 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Pacific Island Knowledge 2 Action Resources: pik2ar.org/covid19
If you or someone you know has been impacted by COVID and needs rental assistance, Community Health Workers with Pacific Island Knowledge 2 Action Resources can help. Visit pik2ar.org/covid19 for details.

Refugee Soccer: refugeesoccer.org
This Salt Lake nonprofit was formed to create and support solutions that combat the tremendous losses of productivity, progress, and hope that result from the massive displacement occurring in the world. "Soccer is our secret weapon." ***Collecting new or gently-used soccer cleats or athletic shoes through Dec. 31st. Salt Lake-based Refugee soccer will host soccer clinics at US military bases next month, passing on your shoes and soccer basics to Afghan girls and boys who have been relocated there.

The Road Home, South Salt Lake Men’s Resource Center: theroadhome.org
The Road Home’s South Salt Lake Men’s Resource Center is in need of jeans, towels, razors and blankets to support male clients of the shelter. Donations can be dropped off or purchased directly from their Amazon needs list. Find details at www.theroadhome.org.

SafeUT | Crisis Chat and Tip Linesafeut.org
The SafeUT app provides a way to connect to licensed counselors that are ready to listen to any sized crisis or concern. Help is immediate and confidential, and as easy as reaching for your phone and sending that first text.

The Salt Lake County Library: slcolibrary.org/learn/homework-help
Need homework help? Your Salt Lake County Library card gets you no-cost live tutoring and more. From pre-K through college; for parents, students and teachers, too. The County Library has all the resources you need to get good grades and further your education.

SLC Community Bail Fund, now accepting applications. The fund's two-fold mission is 1) to minimize the incarcerated population of Utah jails by providing cash bail to those who cannot afford the posted amount, and 2) to end all pre-trial detention in Utah, using the Community Bail Fund as a mechanism to expose the community harm caused by cash bail and unnecessary time spent in jail. The Salt Lake Community Bail Fund is operated by Decarcerate Utah. To donate, click here. Contact: slcbailfund@gmail.com.

United Way, 211: 211utah.org
Need some help but feeling overwhelmed? Download United Way’s 211 app to access referrals for everything from mental health and addiction services to housing, employment and food programs. Find the help you need from organizations throughout Utah by dialing 211 or downloading the 211 app: https://uw.org/211/about-us/ 

Utah Community Action: utahca.org 
Founded in 1965, Utah Community Action is one of the largest nonprofit agencies dedicated to fighting poverty and its root causes in Utah. Today, they serve over 60,000 people annually through six core programs–Adult Education, Case Management & Housing, Head Start preschool, HEAT utility assistance, Nutrition, and Weatherization for homes.

Utah Domestic Violence Coalition: www.udvc.org
The Utah Domestic Violence Coalition provides a free and confidential hotline to offer support for victims and survivors of domestic violence. Find a safe space to talk and get access to critical resources and services by calling the LinkLine, available 24/7 at 1-800-897-LINK. Or visit www.udvc.org.

Utah Food Bank: utahfoodbank.org
The Utah Food Bank’s Grocery Rescue program addresses poverty, hunger and food waste in Utah. Through partnerships with local retailers, the food bank can distribute food that’s nearing its expiration date, but still healthy to eat. To find a food pantry near you, visit www.utahfoodbank.org.

Utah Rent Relief: The Emergency Rental Assistance program can help renters who are unable to pay their rent and utilities due to circumstances related to COVID-19.

Utahns Against Hunger: uah.org
Everyone deserves to eat. If you’re one of the more than 350,000 Utahns experiencing food insecurity, there is help. Utahns Against Hunger maintains a list of emergency food resources. Visit uah.org/covid19.

Utah Warm Line: 801-587-1055. Answered 7 Days a Week, 8a–11p. This line is for Salt Lake County residents who are not in crisis but seeking support, engagement or encouragement. Certified peer specialists offer support and empower callers to resolve problems by fostering a sense of hope, dignity, and self-respect.

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