Lend A Hand (4/21/13)

April 19, 2013 

Call the Volunteer Center of United Way at (209) 524-1307 or email volunteer@uwaystan.org">b>volunteer@uwaystan.org.

Volunteers are needed for these special programs:

• LOVE MODESTO, Communitywide service day

DATE: Saturday

NEEDED: Volunteers of all ages (depending upon the activity) are invited to take part this year in family-friendly projects in Modesto and throughout Stanislaus County (Love Ceres, Love Waterford, etc.) and the Central Valley. Love Modesto helps those that are disadvantaged, disabled, destitute, elderly or forgotten by creating projects for volunteers to help in a positive and practical way. More than 60 projects offer a variety of opportunities to give food to the hungry, collect toys for foster children, visit seniors, build a home, deliver baked goods and thanks to public servants such as firefighters or police officers, clean a park, donate blood to save lives, and more. Kickoff at 9 a.m. rally in downtown Modesto in front of the Gallo Center for the Arts on I Street before volunteer groups disperse throughout the city. Love Modesto partners with organizations such as Delta Blood Bank, Inter-Faith Ministries, Habitat for Humanity, The Salvation Army, Society for Handicapped Children and Adults, World Relief, schools and many others. In the past four years, approximately 27,000 people have volunteered to Love Modesto, making Modesto a better place and improving the quality of life for many.

CONTACT: Katie Fuentes, (209) 577-1604, katie@lovemodesto.com, www.lovemodesto.com

• NATIONAL MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, Walk A Thon

DATE: Saturday

NEEDED: Volunteers 15 years and older to assist with setup and decorations, greeting participants, volunteer registration, breakfast and lunch, traffic control and walker motivation along route, prize distribution, and site breakdown. This event will be held at Downey Park in Modesto, and flexible shifts are available between 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Walk MS invites the community to learn about multiple sclerosis, walk for support and give what you can to make progress for those living with MS. Individuals and teams are invited to collect pledges and walk for a world free of MS. Go to www.walkmsnorcal.org to register.

CONTACT: Tim Overweg, (209) 214-6022, timothy.overweg@nmss.org

Volunteers are needed for these ongoing programs:

• CENTER FOR HUMAN SERVICES

NEEDED: Volunteers 13 to 17 are 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. Adult volunteers 18 and older who are knowledgeable about the law are needed to act as judges to preside over the court and serve as mentors to assist volunteer attorneys with trial preparation.

CONTACT: Liz Elizondo, (209) 526-1476 or lelizondo@centerforhumanservices.org

DMC FOUNDATION — R.S.V.P.

NEEDED: Volunteers 55 and older to provide visitation and-or transportation to registered homebound seniors and disabled people 55 and older. Transportation requirements may include doctor visits, church and grocery shopping. Drivers will provide door-to-door service and remain with the client during appointments if needed. Volunteers must be 55 or older, have proof of current driver's license, registration and insurance on personal vehicle and pass a background check. Visitation volunteers must be willing to visit in the home of a senior citizen or disabled person at least 1 to 2 hours per visit, twice a month. Mileage reimbursement is available.

CONTACT: Christina Ulloa, (209) 527-3412, culloa@dmcf.org

YOUTH FOR CHRIST CENTRAL VALLEY

NEEDED: Volunteers 18 and older or 17 years for school based mentoring are needed to make a difference in the life of an at-risk child. Multiple mentoring opportunities are available for adult volunteers. Mentoring programs include: Academic tutoring for fourth to 12th grade; Tapestry, a neighborhood-based youth church, provides mentoring in the reality of everyday life; Teen Parents educates and nurtures pregnant and parenting adolescents; and Juvenile Justice Ministry, offering Sunday chapel services and weekly Bible studies at the juvenile hall, provides positive interaction with caring adults in one-to-one mentoring. Hours are typically after school or on the weekend. Volunteers must complete application, interview, orientation, and training process, provide references, pass a background check, and commit to volunteering at least four hours per month for twelve months depending upon program.

CONTACT: Ben Wheeler, (209) 522-9568, bwheeler@scyfc.com

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