Tim and Joanna Chesley of Park City lead the Running with Ed relay race fundraiser for the Park City Education Foundation. The event takes a year of planning and involves a couple of thousand of people, and annually it raises about $130,000 for schools. "They wake their children up early on the big day and say, 'It's Running with Ed day!' the way most of us say, 'It's Christmas Day!' to our kids," said Jennifer Billow, spokeswoman for the foundation.
Their whole family also pays for, cooks, serves and cleans up at a barbecue for 30 or more they auction off at local events. The parents also volunteer at their children's school and other schools in the district.
I Interested in delivering meals to seniors, mentoring troubled teens or playing board games with veterans? Opportunities are available by the thousands in Utah, where government and nonprofit agencies are looking for helping hands. Here are a couple of places to look.
Salt Lake County Aging Services • Those interested in volunteering should call Vicki Jo Hansen at 385-468-3239.
United Way 2-1-1 • Go to uw.org/volunteer. The organization maintains a list of projects that can be narrowed by neighborhood and interests.
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