Artist, foster grandparent brightens walls and days

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Igor Klimov has been a volunteer with the Foster Grandparent Program since 1998. He has worked with preschool-age children at three locations and currently serves at Kearns Day Care center. He is an artist who has brightened many walls at places he has served, often painting fairy-tale scenes focused on animals and Disney characters. His English skills are somewhat limited, but he has used his experience to help children who also are ESL speakers, according to Vicki Jo Hansen. He also teaches children art.

"Thank you, Igor, for all the years of service and the many children's lives you have touched and enriched through your kindness and caring," Hansen said.

The Tribune is highlighting senior volunteers as part of Senior Corps Week, May 7-11. —

Volunteer today

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 The organization maintains a list of projects that can be narrowed by neighborhood and interests.

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