Lend A Hand (3/21/10)

March 20, 2010 


SPCA's Pet Oureach is a program to bring pets into retirement centers to interact with the residents. Dogs are the predominant animal used, but not the only ones, as demonstrated by Adria Murphy, 13, of Modesto with her cockatiel "Snow."

TED BENSON — Modesto Bee

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

STANISLAUS COUNTY ELECTIONS OFFICE — A statewide direct primary election will be held June 8. Volunteers 18 and older are needed to serve as election officers, bilingual election officers, and on-call election officers from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Election Day. Election officers help set up the voter precinct, maintain security of the ballots and voting equipment and assist voters as necessary. A $95 stipend is offered for the volunteer's time and commitment, which includes a mandatory three- to four-hour training class offered May 17-22 in Modesto, Oakdale and Turlock. Training will provide an excellent overview of the Election Day process, as well as hands-on equipment training to ensure proper setup and operation of the voting equipment. Interested individuals must be registered voters in California and attend training. Volunteer applications are available online at www.stanvote.com.

CENTER FOR HUMAN SERVICES — Share your knowledge of the legal system at Youth Court. Adult volunteers who are knowledgeable of the law serve as mentors to assist volunteer attorneys with trial preparation and as judges to preside over the court. The court sessions are usually held during the evening on the third Tuesday in Oakdale and bimonthly on Wednesdays in Modesto. Youth volunteers ages 13 to 17 are also needed to serve as defense and prosecution attorneys, jury members, bailiffs, and court clerks. The Youth Court process offers first-time juvenile defendants, who have admitted responsibility for their offense, an opportunity to have their case heard by a jury of their peers with an adult volunteer judge experienced in juvenile law presiding.

DOCTORS MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION — Share your customer service experience at the Memory Lane Thrift Store benefiting Miller's Place Alzheimer's Day Care. Volunteers 16 and older are needed for all facets of thrift store operations, including processing donated items (receive, sort, press, steam, display, and stock), customer service, etc. Retail experience is helpful, but not required, and mature individuals are especially encouraged to volunteer. Flexible shifts are available during regular store hours weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations of quality items in good condition, such as clothing, collectibles, artwork, jewelry, books, children's toys, linens and bedding, small furniture, household items, small home appliances, knickknacks, etc. are always appreciated.

READINGWORKS ADULT LITERACY PROGRAM — More than 100,000 Stanislaus County adults are functionally illiterate. Volunteers 16 and older spend just two to three hours per week increasing an adult's basic reading skills utilizing a phonics-based curriculum. A volunteer orientation will be held April 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by a tutor training April 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Both will be held at the Modesto Library downstairs auditorium.

SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS — Friendly pets and their humans are needed to visit seniors in convalescent hospitals and care facilities through the SPCA pet outreach program. Volunteers accompany their pets as they socialize with residents in facilities throughout the community. Pets need to be friendly and like to be handled. Visits are made the first and second Saturday mornings and the third Wednesday mornings of each month.

STANISLAUS COUNTY LIBRARY — Interact with young children and their caregivers during the WiggleWorms! story-time hour. WiggleWorms! combines age-appropriate stories and movement activities that promote essential pre-reading skills for children 2 and younger. Volunteers 18 and older are needed to assist the children's department staff with setup and cleanup, greet attendees, distribute, collect, and sanitize rhythm instruments and scarves, and conduct biannual surveys, on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to noon or Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Orientation and training is provided. Volunteers must have good people skills, enjoy young children, work quickly with accuracy, be able to push, bend, stretch, lift and kneel, and pass a background check.

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