Community involvement and donations are greatly appreciated to help us meet specific, as well as ongoing, needs of our clients. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for our clients and frequently that goes far beyond providing mental health treatment alone. We have homeless individuals moving into an apartment for the first time who need all of the basics for setting up a household, children who need school clothes and warm coats, and many other needs. Wasatch Mental Health appreciates everyone in the community who assist us with our mission and truly make a difference in the lives of those with a mental illness.
Listed below are some current and ongoing needs. Please feel free to call about specific projects that you may want to do or talents that you have to contribute. Projects identified as potential Eagle Scout projects are suggestions and may or may not meet the requirements for an approved Eagle Scout project. It is up to the Scout to talk with his Eagle Scout Project Coach to determine if the project meets all of the Eagle Scout Project requirements.
Call us for more information or email at BeAHeroWMH@wasatch.org.
Eagle Scout/Service Project Suggestions
Here are some ideas that we have for Eagle Scout projects or Service Projects that will help our clients. If you are looking for an Eagle Scout project, you will need to check with your project coach to make sure that the suggestion meets all of the project requirements. Email us at BeAHeroWMH@wasatch.org if you are interested in doing one of these projects and we will set up a time to meet with you and discuss the project further.
Moms (of Eagle Scout candidates looking for projects)– You may help out by making the initial inquiry if desired. Your son will need to be the one setting up a meeting time and communicating with us about his project after that.
Obtain donations and assemble School Supplies/ Backpacks for our Grandfamilies program
Completion Date- July 31, 2020
Friend 2 Friend Activity- August 3, 2020
Grandfamilies is an educational and support program for Grandparents (or other relative) who are raising their grandchildren because the parents are either unable or unwilling to do so. Learn more about the Grandfamilies Program.
Project might make 1 or 2 Eagle Scout projects:
- 20 Elementary age backpacks to include both backpacks and supplies
- 25 Secondary school age. Obtain donations of school supplies. We have some backpacks that you can fill with supplies
Make or Donate Hand Puppets for Play Therapy Rooms
Puppets are important to have in Play Therapy rooms because children feel safe using the puppets to express themselves and will often express thoughts/feelings that they can’t verbalize aloud. We are looking for a variety of hand puppets for the play therapy rooms in each of our family therapy clinics.
Puppets which we would like to have available for children to use include:
- Animals -small, large, fierce, friendly, meek, barnyard, jungle, pets, etc.
- People of various ages, cultures, hair and skin tones
- Others such as: kings/ queens/ princes/ princesses, dragons, wizards, careers, community helpers, etc.
Contact BeAHeroWMH@wasatch.org for more information or to donate puppets.
Weighted Autism Caterpillars and Lap Blankets
Autism Caterpillars are used in our GIANT Steps Autism Preschool and by therapists working individually with young children with autism, anxiety, and sensory issues. We recently got a donation of these Caterpillars from BYU Women’s Conference and they were gone within 24 hours!!
These simple, soft, and darling caterpillars are weighted down with beans and have a sweet, soothing effect on an autistic child. This new project will involve a little pouring, a little stitching, a little assembly and lots of love. Find instructions here.
Mental Health “Public Service Announcement” (PSA) Campaign for Social Media – NEW
Target Audience- Youth
Great project for someone who enjoys photography and social media. You would choose a message related to mental health and youth (with our guidance) and then develop and produce a series of PSA Announcements to promote your message on our social media accounts.
Incorporate both still shots and video and your message in the creation of :
- Instagram Posts
- Instagram Stories
- Facebook Posts
- Facebook Stories
- Twitter posts
A campaign would consist of a variety of post types, but you would not need to include ALL of the above.
Make Glitter Bottles (for calming)
Designed to soothe and relax, the swirling patterns created by glitter, water and food coloring are ideal for calming down a stressed out child (or adult, for that matter).
Glitter Bottles are just one tool in our toolbox to help children learn to soothe themselves, take a few deep breaths, calm down, and work thru their emotions in a healthy manner. Lots of recipes on Pinterest for making glitter bottles. Test some out to determine which type of bottle you like best and think would help to make other people happy.
Wasatch House Thrift Store
The Thrift Store is currently in need of men’s clothing, in larger sizes. In good condition or gently used. Clothing is used to assist adult clients who are on extremely limited incomes as well as homeless clients. Receipts can be given for donations. Donations can be taken to:
605 E 600 South
Wasatch House also accepts donations of furniture that is in good shape. Please call ahead for furniture and larger items to make sure that we have enough storage space.
Want to help out and not sure how? Here are some ideas of ongoing needs for our clients.
- Moving. Many of our clients do not have cars and so moving into an apartment or into a new apartment is very difficult. Call if you are willing to help out with this on occasion.
- Trial Size and Full Size Personal Care, Cleaning, and Laundry products. Community Support Services. 750 N Freedom Blvd. Provo.
- Quilts and Blankets. Used as “comfort” items in our Residential-Youth programs. Also given out as part of our Client Christmas Program, to homeless clients moving into their new apartment, and other purposes.
- Adult Clothing (in good condition) for our Wasatch House Thrift Store. (605 E 600 South, Provo)
- Volunteering in our programs. Share some of your talents and interests with both youth and adult clients.
- “Welcome to your New Apartment” kits. Organize a drive to get kitchen equipment, bedding, towels, etc to help an individual as they move into a new apartment. Community Support Services. 750 N. Freedom Blvd. Provo.
- Eagle Scout Projects. Call to see if we have any current needs or projects available.
- Donating or conducting a drive to collect new items for our Brighten a Client’s Christmas Program.