Lend a Hand (Feb. 7)

February 7, 2009 

Call the Volunteer Center of the United Way at 524-1307 or e-mail volunteer@uwaystan.org unless otherwise noted.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY — Daffodil Days are coming in March. The springtime sale of freshly cut daffodils raises funds to support cancer research, public education, advocacy and patient service programs. Volunteers are needed to prepare orders March 14 from 8 a.m. to noon and deliver the bouquets to Stanislaus and Tuolumne area businesses, hospitals, schools, and cancer patients March 16 between 9 a.m. and about noon. Delivery volunteers must have a California driver's license, proof of insurance and their own vehicle. Bouquets, Sunshine Bouquets, Bear and a Bunch, Vision Bouquets and Gift of Hope Arrangements are for sale (donation levels $10-$100 and up) through the ACS office by Feb. 26.

AMERICAN RED CROSS — CPR Saturday takes place March 7 at sites in Turlock, Patterson, Oakdale and Modesto. An additional site in Modesto will provide all classes in Spanish. The event is open to the public, ages 8 and up (under 12 accompanied by a paying adult) and classes begin every hour from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Modesto, Oakdale, and Turlock; 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Modesto Spanish site; and 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. in Patterson. Preregistration is $8; at the door, it's $10 and based on space availability. Classes fill quickly, so attendees are encouraged to register by March 5. Volunteers 14 and older are needed prior to the event to help coordinate activities and process registrations. The day of event, help is needed at all sites to set up, clean up, do check-in, correct written tests, clean mannequins, staff first-aid booth, etc. Certified CPR Instructors are especially encouraged to volunteer. Flexible volunteer shifts are available between 6:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

HOWARD TRAINING CENTER — The annual Crab Fest Fund-raiser will be held March 6-7 at the Howard Training Center's Witmer Hall. The event features food, entertainment and dancing to the Silver Moon Band while raising money to support services and vocational/nonvocational training for adults with mental retardation and other disabilities. Reserved seating tickets are $45; to-go tickets are $30. (Reserved seating tickets are presale only.) Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 7. Volunteers are needed at the event to help set up, serve and clean up on March 6 beginning at 2 p.m. and March 7 at noon. Volunteers are also needed to assist with cleanup March 8 at 9 a.m.

SIERRA VISTA CHILD & FAMILY SERVICES — The Hearts for Children Gala, "Happy Endings Start Here," will be Feb. 21 at Modesto Centre Plaza. The event kicks off with a hosted wine social and silent auction at 5 p.m., followed by a gourmet dinner, live auction and dancing to the music of Threshold until midnight. Volunteers 18 and older are needed starting at 5 p.m. to serve as hosts and greeters, register guests, assist the photographer, staff the silent auction tables, do coat check and assist coordinators during the event. Help with cleanup is needed from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Volunteers 16 and older also are needed throughout the day beginning 6 a.m. to assist with setup, decorations and more. Tickets are $150 at the Sierra Vista office or the agency's web site at www.svcfs.org.

YMCA OF STANISLAUS COUNTY — The Flick and Float! Family Fun Day invites families to watch a movie while floating in the heated indoor pool Feb. 27 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Participants bring their swimsuits, towels and energy for cool family fun. Cost is $5 for YMCA facility members, $8 for family program members and $10 for nonmembers. Registration deadline is Feb. 23, as space is limited. Volunteers 16 and older are needed between 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. to assist with setup, refreshments, monitoring of a bounce house and cleanup.

CAPISTRANO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL — Help youth succeed with the A.S.E.S. (After-school Education and Safety) Program. Volunteers are needed to assist students with recreational and sports activities, arts and crafts projects, and reading and math tutoring/homework assistance weekdays between 2 and 6 p.m. Interested individuals should be at least 14 years of age, enjoy working with youth, be able to read, write, and speak English, and have math skills at the eighth-grade level. Bilingual individuals are especially encouraged to volunteer and high school student volunteers are welcome.

CENTER FOR HUMAN SERVICES HUTTON HOUSE — Aid runaway and homeless youth, ages 13 to 17 years, in crisis. Adult volunteers are needed at the shelter site to answer the crisis line, complete intake file information, lead recreational activities, tutor youth, co-facilitate groups with group leaders, transport youth to meetings, events, and appointments, interact with youth, assist with charts in files, and participate in other activities to provide support to youth and families. Volunteers must attend eighteen hours of initial program training and CPR/first-aid training, pass FBI fingerprint and criminal background review, physical clearance, tuberculosis skin test, and Child Abuse Index clearance, and commit to volunteering four hours per week for a minimum of one year. Training will be held Monday and Tuesday evenings March 16-31 between 5 and 8 p.m. Volunteers need to register to participate and schedule an interview by Feb. 20.

CERES PARTNERSHIP FOR HEALTHY CHILDREN — Volunteers are needed to assist low-income individuals prepare state and federal tax returns and apply for the EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit). No accounting experience is needed and free training and IRS materials are provided. Additional volunteers can also greet and screen clients for income guidelines and documentation, provide Spanish/English translation services or provide child care during appointments. Services are provided twice a month on Tuesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteer receptionists are also needed to answer telephones, greet and direct the public, and assist with light clerical duties. Flexible scheduling is available weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Child care volunteers are needed to supervise and interact with children during parenting classes weekdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. All volunteers must be at least 18 years or age and pass and background and fingerprint check.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, STANISLAUS — Build homes alongside low-income families while they build their dream of home ownership. Volunteers, skilled and unskilled, assist in all areas of house construction and clean up under trained supervision while they build homes and hope. Habitat is currently building homes Tuesday through Saturday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. in Modesto. Volunteers must be at least 16 years or age and are especially needed during the weekdays. Volunteer orientations are held every Thursday at 12:30 p.m. or the second Saturday of each month at 11 a.m. The next Saturday orientation will be held Feb. 14 for interested volunteers

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