Giving the inspiration for building a home

November 23, 2013 

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    • Address: 3430 Tully Road, Suite 20-239, Modesto, CA 95350

    • Phone number: (209) 544-9571

    • Website:

    •  How we help those in need:

    We provide volunteer services for needy neighborhoods, and for the poor, elderly and disabled, including:

    Home safety equipment installations

    Graffiti wipeouts

    Transportation to urgent medical and kidney dialysis appointments

    Minor home repairs

    Yard maintenance

    Volunteer support for the County Office of Emergency Services

    Donations of home items for those who cannot afford them

    Donations of basic medical equipment (wheelchairs, walkers, commodes)

    Recruitment of volunteers for area nonprofits

    Health team provides preventative health care screenings for people who do not have access to health care

    • Individuals and/or families assisted per month:

    We serve 80-100 individuals a month, in addition to serving other nonprofits and community organizations with support for their programs. Our “clients” include: seniors, disabled, victims of domestic violence, the homeless, people coming out of homelessness, people being released from prison, single moms and dads, and families in poverty areas.

    • How a $10 donation helps:

    Provides items for safety construction (e.g.: nails, saw blades, screws, replacement electrical outlets)

    • $25 donation:

    Provides a gallon or two of discounted paint for graffiti wipeout operations; fuel for gas-powered lawn mowers and weed-whackers to help seniors and disabled with their yards; the cost of maintaining our website online to post needs and to connect volunteers with those needs

    • $50 donation:

    Provides a set of grab (safety) bars to help prevent deadly falls in a senior’s home; tools for minor home repairs

    •  $100 donation:

    Provides medical supplies for our health team (preventative health screening for poverty areas); lumber for building ramps for the disabled and elderly; and parts to repair plumbing problems creating health hazards in homes

    • Volunteer update:

    We invite partner-volunteers with hearts to serve others, and who have a variety of skills and interests, including providing rides to medical appointments, medical professionals to staff the AVC Health Bus on missions, construction knowledge and experience, excellent telephone skills, mentoring and tutoring, and the capacity to deliver appliances and furniture to needy families. Volunteer opportunities are listed daily at on the “Meet a Need Today” page, and/or call (209) 544-9571. AVC also serves as the regional “hub” for the Meet the Need web-based volunteer and community needs online database.

    • One last thing: People in need are asked to call (209) 544-9571, email, or visit the AVC’s website at Volunteers are encouraged to call (209) 544-9571 or to register as a volunteer at

Norma Gray McRoberts had nearly nothing, and nowhere to turn, when she picked up a flyer for Advancing Vibrant Communities.

After getting in touch with people there, McRoberts and her husband, Jason, found themselves with new furniture, appliances, and hand rails.

But the McRobertses got something much more than that: “They’ve given us the inspiration to build a home.”

McRoberts said she has found friends that she considers family through AVC. “They have just been so supportive,” she said. “They ask if I need anything.”

In return, Advancing Vibrant Communities has received a marketing department – McRoberts stops at every garage sale and asks the hosts to donate unsold items to AVC.

“I have referred a lot of my friends over there,” McRoberts said, sitting at a dining room set she received through Advancing Vibrant Communities.

She doesn’t talk about the organization or the people there for long before the tears start flowing. “We’d lost pretty much everything,” she said. “They saved our lives.”

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