Lend A Hand: Volunteer opportunities in the Modesto region

April 12, 2014 

Call the Volunteer Center of United Way at (209) 524-1307, email volunteer@uwaystan.org or visit http://getconnected.uwaystan.org.

Volunteers for special events


NEEDED: Held Saturday-Sept. 14. Volunteers, ages 16 years and older, are needed to register walkers and teams; assist with the sales and set up of luminaries for the evening Luminary Ceremony honoring cancer victims; and help with other activities during the event and with cleanup at the conclusion of the event at all sites. Relay for Life brings together more than 3.5 million people to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer; remember loved ones lost to the disease; and fight back against cancer. The 24-hour relay dates include next weekend in Ceres and Livingston; April 26-27, Hilmar, Merced, Oakdale; May 2-3, Hughson High School; May 3-4, Manteca, Turlock; May 17-18, Mariposa, Modesto, Patterson, Ripon, Sonora; May 31-June 1, Waterford; June 21-22, Escalon, Riverbank; Sept. 13-14, Atwater. Teams also are invited to sign up, gather pledges and participate to raise money for the fight against cancer.

CONTACT: Jasmyne Landry, jasmyne.landry@cancer.org, (209) 524-7241


NEEDED: Volunteers 16 and older to assist with 13th annual Truckin’ for Hospice Motorcycle & Car Rally on June 21. Volunteers needed to clean up (tear down of tables, chairs, tents, etc.) at 2:30 p.m. Presented by the California Trucking Association, this motorcycle/car rally/antique and working truck show starts at Dell’Osso Family Farm, Lathrop, and travels through the Mother Lode with stops along the 135-mile ride for refreshments, poker hands, and a chance to win prizes. It concludes with a barbecue, live music, and raffle in Manteca. Per person rider fee is $35 pre-registration or $40 after June 11, and can be purchased online. Truck show entrance fees are $40 per person prior to June 11 and $50 after. Fee includes a commemorative T-shirt, run pin, poker hand, food and drink. Bikers, car enthusiasts, and truckers are invited to raise funds for Community Hospice and Hospice of San Joaquin. Individuals and businesses are also invited to become sponsors.

CONTACT: Robert Tennies (209) 403-0674, www.truckinforhospice.org, rtennies@wtpe.com


NEEDED: Volunteers 18 and older will hit the streets May 13 throughout Ceres and Modesto, a partnership between the Salvation Army and The Modesto Bee, offering special edition newspapers to benefit thousands of at-risk children at the Red Shield. The newspapers are sold for $1 to support after-school tutoring and mentoring programs, homework computer labs, children’s lunch program, sports equipment and uniforms, swim lessons and facilities and more. Donation to the programs are also appreciated. Adult individuals, groups, and businesses are needed to sell The Bee’s special Kids’ Day edition newspapers. A Kids’ Day Kick Off tour and Fiesta luncheon for those interested in participating will be held at the Red Shield on May 8 at 11 a.m.

CONTACT: Cecelia Michelini, (209) 578-1410


NEEDED: Volunteers 14 and older needed on June 21 to assist and encourage children and serve as “buddies” with the various activities throughout the farm. The event introduces children with disabilities (and kids at heart), to activities typically seen on a working farm, including horseback riding, hayrides, planting in the garden, arts and crafts, a petting zoo and a barbecue to celebrate the day of fun and adventure. Additional help is needed at each of the activity stations. Volunteers will receive an orientation from 9–10 a.m., help with setup, interact with their buddies from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and assist with clean up. 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. Volunteers are needed for this program which will take place at the Jim & Patti Sanchez Farms in Oakdale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

CONTACT: Lynn Q-V, (209) 524-3536, lynnqv@societyforhandicapped.org


NEEDED: Volunteers needed 14 and older April 21-25 to assist and encourage children as they learn to ride a 2-wheeler bike through special adaptive equipment and volunteer support. The camp is Monday through Friday of spring break (for most students). Volunteers can choose a morning or evening session or volunteer all day, 8:45 a.m.– 4 p.m. Lunch provided for those working the full day. All volunteers must complete an application, and volunteers over age 18 must pass a background check. Volunteers are needed for this program which will take place at Ustach Middle School.

CONTACT: Lynn Q-V, (209) 524-3536, lynnqv@societyforhandicapped.org


NEEDED: Benefit to stop human trafficking. Volunteers 18 and older are needed to assist June 14 with set-up, registration, race assistance, water stations, vendor assistance, assembling goody bags and cleanup. This 5K-10K run/walk will be held at Tuolumne River Regional Park, 1198 Tioga Drive, Modesto, and will kick off at 7:30 a.m. Interested participants can register as a runner, walker, sponsor or team. Teams require five or more participants. Adult registration is $30 for the 5K and $40 for the 10K. Youth registration is $10 for the 5K and $20 for the 10K. All prices increase by $5 after June 1. Interested volunteers must attend an orientation on April 22 at 6:30 p.m.

CONTACT: Sheri Matteucci, 209.338.0500, smatteucci@withoutpermission.org


NEEDED: Volunteers 18 and older to serve as election officers, bilingual election officers and “on-call” election officers at the polls on Election Day, June 3. Election officers help set up the voter precinct, maintain ballot security and voting equipment and assist voters as necessary. Election officers receive a $95 stipend for their time and commitment, which includes serving 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Election Day and a mandatory three- to four-hour training class. Training provides an overview of the Election Day process and provides hands-on instruction to ensure accurate setup and operation of voting equipment. Training classes in Modesto, Oakdale and Turlock are offered between May 13 and May 24. Volunteer applications are available online at www.stanvote.com.

CONTACT :Maria A. Fernandez, (209) 525-5233

Ongoing volunteer positions


NEEDED: Adult volunteers are needed as champions for seniors living in care homes as a Long-Term Care ombudsman and also to help seniors remain independent through the transportation program. Ombudsman volunteers, ages 18 and older, investigate and resolve complaints, including reports of elder abuse and neglect, and advocate for the quality of life and quality of care of residents in long-term facilities. Volunteers complete a 36-hour training course, are certified by the California Department of Aging, receive on-the-job guidance from trained staff, and commit to volunteering at least 15 flexible hours per month. The next orientation training will be May 1 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and the ombudsman volunteer five-day training will be held May 5, 8, 12, 13 and 15 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Transportation volunteers must be at least 25 years old. They drive seniors to doctor’s appointments, errands, and grocery shopping throughout Stanislaus County. Flexible scheduling is available weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Volunteer drivers use an agency seven-passenger or wheelchair lift van or may use their own vehicle and receive mileage reimbursement. Volunteers must be a responsible driver with a valid California drivers license, proof of insurance, and provide a DMV printout. Volunteers for both programs must complete the agency’s application and training process and pass a fingerprint background check. Cost is reimbursed by the agency.

CONTACT: Melissa Flaherty, mflaherty@ccstockton.org, (209) 529-3784


NEEDED: Volunteers 21 and older are needed to become an advocate for a child. Advocates are the voice of a dependent child during court proceedings, conduct case fact-finding, and produce a court report for all court hearings based on what is in the best interest of the child. Interested individuals must attend an orientation on May 6 at 6 p.m. The next trainings will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning May 27 through July 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. Volunteers must complete initial and ongoing training and supervision meetings, attend daytime court hearings, maintain strict confidentiality, be computer literate with access to email, pass a fingerprint background check, possess a valid California driver’s license and a vehicle, show proof of insurance, and commit to volunteering a minimum of one year. Bilingual individuals are especially encouraged to volunteer. CASA of Stanislaus County’s mission is to provide quality advocacy services for all abused and neglected children in the dependency system through the use of trained volunteers.

CONTACT: Cindy Julsgard, casaofstanco@stanct.org, (209) 548-6320


NEEDED: Volunteers 18 and older to visit with frail elders while their caregivers are absent from home. The “Senior Buddy” volunteer can expect to spend three to four hours with a senior occasionally to allow his or her caregiver to re-charge their emotional battery with time away from their care responsibilities. Requirements include registration with the Area Agency on Aging as a volunteer and attendance at a half-day training class. All volunteers must complete a background check. Training is Thursday April 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

CONTACT: Julia Washington, (209) 525-4613, washingtonj@stancounty.com

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