Lend A Hand (6/2/13)

June 6, 2013 

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

Volunteers needed for special events:

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

NEEDED: Volunteers 15 and older are needed to assist and encourage children and serve as buddies with various activities. The event introduces children with disabilities, ages 4 to 17 years (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 activity station. Volunteers will receive an orientation from 8 to 9 a.m., help with setup, interact with their buddies from 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 those older than 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, programs@societyforhandicapped.org

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

NEEDED: Volunteers 16 and older are needed to assist with event cleanup (tear down tables and tents, stack chairs, 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, and travels through the Mother Lode with stops along the 135-mile ride, complete with refreshments, poker hands and a chance to win great prizes. It concludes with a barbecue, live music and raffle drawing in Manteca. Per person rider fee is $30 pre registration or $35 after July 15, and can be purchased online. Truck show entrance fees are $40 per person before July 15 and $45 after. Fee includes a commemorative T-shirt, run pin, poker hand and food and drink. Bikers, car enthusiasts and truckers are invited to rev up to raise funds for Community Hospice and Hospice of San Joaquin. Individuals and businesses are also invited to become a sponsor. A variety of sponsorship levels are available. Since 2002, more than 5,500 riders have raised $540,000 to support services for terminally ill patients during their final days. These services include providing in-home care or caring for patients at Community Hospice's Alexander Cohen Hospice House or Hospice of San Joaquin's Hospice House.

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

Volunteers needed for ongoing positions:

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 of the law, are also needed to act as judges to preside over the court and serve as mentors to assist volunteer attorneys with trial preparation. The court sessions are usually held during the evening bimonthly on Wednesdays in Modesto and on the third Tuesday in Oakdale.

CONTACT: Liz Elizondo at (209) 526.1476 or lelizondo@centerforhumanservices.org

• INTER-FAITH MINISTRIES

NEEDED: Volunteers 16 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 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., depending on the position. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, or 16 to 17 years with parental permission, and be able to lift at least 25 to 40 pounds, depending on the position.

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

• 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. The Foster Care opportunity is available for volunteers of all ages (younger than 18 years with a parent). All volunteers must have a basic knowledge of animal care and animal handling experience, complete application process and attend an orientation.

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

• 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. Mentors enrich their own lives while sharing everyday activities with kids such as movies, homework, sports, shopping, life skills, leadership development, engaging in conversation and more. Mentoring programs include: academic tutoring for fourth to 12th grade; Tapestry, a neighborhood- based youth church that provides mentoring; Teen Parents, which educates and nurtures pregnant and parenting adolescents; and Juvenile Justice Ministry, offering Sunday chapel services and weekly Bible studies at juvenile hall, which provides positive interaction with caring adults in a one-on-one mentoring situation. Hours are typically after school or on the weekend, but are set up by the mentor and student. 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 12 months, depending upon program.

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

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