Lend a Hand: Places to volunteer around Modesto area

April 26, 2013 

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

Volunteers are needed for these ongoing programs:

• CENTER FOR HUMAN SERVICESNEEDED: 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

• INTER-FAITH MINISTRIESNEEDED: Volunteers 18 and older are needed to help provide food and clothing to needy individuals and families weekdays. Warehouse volunteers pick up, receive, sort, and distribute food to clients; Food Pantry volunteers interview clients, offer support and referrals, bag grocery orders, and stock shelves; and Clothes Closet volunteers sort clothing and assist in the community clothes closet. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. depending on the volunteer position. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age or 16 to 17 years with an adult and be able to lift at least 25 to 40 pounds depending upon the position.

CONTACT: Marlena Neely, (209) 572.3117, mneely@interfaithmodesto.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 one to two hours per visit, twice a month. Mileage reimbursement is available.

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

YOUTH FOR CHRIST CENTRAL VALLEYNEEDED: 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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