Lend a Hand (7-7-13)

July 11, 2013 

Call the Volunteer Center of United Way at (209) 524-1307 or e-mail volunteer@uwaystan.org.Volunteers needed for ongoing positions: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 of the law, also are needed to act as judges to preside over the court and serve as mentors to assist volunteer attorneys with trial preparation. The court sessions usually are 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

• HAVEN WOMEN'S CENTER OF STANISLAUS

NEEDED: Volunteers 18 and older are needed to assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Haven provides shelter and support services for women and their children affected by domestic violence, assists victims with temporary restraining orders, and provides support and advocacy to survivors of sexual assault. Volunteer opportunities can include trauma response advocacy (hospital response to domestic violence and sexual assault victims), shelter and crisis line advocacy, child and youth programs, a legal program and staffing prevention information tables. Haven will conduct a required 80-hour training series for potential volunteers Monday, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. from July 22 to Sept. 12. Those interested must sign up before July 18, but registration can close at 25 confirmed applicants. The training application is available on the agency's website at http://hwcstan.squarespace.com. Trainees must be over 18 years old and pass a fingerprint background check. Spouses, partners, friends, family members, classmates and roommates must attend separate training series.

CONTACT: Michele Aiken at (209) 524-4331 or maiken@havenwcs.org

• INTER-FAITH MINISTRIESNEEDED: Volunteers 16 and older are needed to help provide food and clothing to needy individuals and families on 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 old 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

• YOUTH FOR CHRIST CENTRAL VALLEY

NEEDED: Volunteers 18 and older, or 17 years old 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. Hours typically are after school or on the weekend, but are set up by the mentor and student. 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 at (209) 522-9568 or bwheeler@scyfc.com

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