Lend A Hand (5/19/13)

May 23, 2013 

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

Volunteers are needed for these special events:

• SOCIETY FOR HANDICAPPED CHILDREN AND ADULTS: Day on the Farm, June 22

NEEDED: Volunteers 15 and older to assist and encourage children and serve as "buddies" with the various activities throughout the farm. The event introduces children with disabilities, ages 4 to 17 (and kids at heart), to activities typically seen on a working ranch, including horseback riding, hayrides, planting in the garden, arts and crafts, a petting zoo and a barbecue cookout. Additional help is needed at each of the activity stations. Volunteers will receive an orientation from 8 to 9 a.m., help with setup, interact with their buddies 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and assist with cleanup. Experience working around farm animals is helpful, but not necessary. All volunteers must complete an application, and volunteers over age 18 must pass a background check. This event will take place at the Jim Sanchez Ranch in Oakdale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

CONTACT: Lynn Q-V at(209) 524.3536, or programs@societyforhandicapped.org

• COMMUNITY HOSPICE & HOSPICE OF SAN JOAQUIN: 11th Annual Truckin' for Hospice Motorcycle & Car Rally, July 20

NEEDED: Volunteers 16 and older to assist with event cleanup (tear down of tables, chairs, tents, etc.) at 2:30 p.m. Presented by the California Trucking Association, this 11th annual motorcycle, car rally, antique and working truck show starts in Stockton, then travels through the Mother Lode with unique stops along the 135-mile ride with refreshments, poker hands and a chance to win great prizes. It concludes with a barbecue, live music and raffle drawing in Manteca. Individuals and businesses are invited to become sponsors for this event with a variety of sponsorship levels available. Since 2002, more than 5,500 riders have raised $540,000 to support services for terminally ill patients during their final days by providing in-home care or caring for patients at Community Hospice's Alexander Cohen Hospice House or Hospice of San Joaquin's Hospice House. See www.truckinforhospice.org for more information.

CONTACT: Mark Wells,(209) 922-0216 or mwells@itctrucks.com

Volunteers are needed for these ongoing programs:

• CENTER FOR HUMAN SERVICES

NEEDED: Volunteers age 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 MINISTRIES

NEEDED: 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; clothing closet volunteers sort clothing and assist in the community clothes closet. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., depending on the volunteer position. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, or 16 to 17 when accompanied by an adult, and be able to lift at least 25 to 40 pounds.

CONTACT: Marlena Neely,(209) 572-3117 or mneely@interfaithmodesto.org

COMMUNITY HOSPICE

NEEDED: Volunteers 16 and older are needed to provide support to individuals facing life-threatening illnesses, their families, and friends and those grieving with the loss of a loved one in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties. Interested individuals are asked to attend a volunteer training course June 1 and June 22 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The training provides information on patient confidentiality issues, the hospice philosophy and topics related to the psychosocial aspects of death and dying. A volunteer application is available online at www.hospiceheart.org/volunteers, and volunteer must pass a background check. Pre-registration is required and lunch is provided. The training materials fee is $20, with scholarships available upon request.

CONTACT: Carol Goudy, (209) 578-6373 or carol.goudy@hospiceheart.org

YOUTH FOR CHRIST CENTRAL VALLEY

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

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

STANISLAUS ANIMAL SERVICES AGENCY

NEEDED: Volunteers 16 and older are needed to socialize, exercise, and care for adoptable animals, and assist the public with adoptions at the shelter. Flexible shifts are available Monday through Saturday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Foster Care volunteers provide a nurturing home for kittens and-or puppies until they are ready for adoption. All volunteers must have basic knowledge of animal care and animal-handling experience, complete an application process and attend the next orientation, which is scheduled for May 15 at 5:30 p.m.

CONTACT: Mike Corcel,(209) 342-1748 or corcelm@stancounty.com

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