Call the Volunteer Center of the United Way at 524-1307 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org unless otherwise noted.
AMERICAN RED CROSS -- The 27th annual CPR Saturday is March 13 at sites in Modesto, Oakdale, Patterson and Turlock. An additional site in Modesto will provide all classes in Spanish. The event is open to the public, ages 8 and up (under 12 accompanied by a paying adult) and classes begin every hour between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Cost is $8 in advance and $10 at the door based on space availability. Advance registration is encouraged as classes fill quickly. Volunteers 14 and up are needed prior to the event to help coordinate activities, outreach, office support and process registrations. On the day of the event, help is needed at all sites with setup, cleanup, registration, testing, cleaning of mannequins, staffing the first-aid booth, etc. Certified CPR Instructors are especially encouraged to volunteer.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES -- The ninth annual Seniors SAFE (Seniors Against Financial Exploitation) Banking Seminar will be March 12 at the First Baptist Church Family Life Pavilion in Modesto, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with registration opening at 8 a.m. This event features knowledgeable speakers including Sheriff Adam Christianson; Deputy District Attorney Clair Arno; Carla Von Hungen of the Modesto Police Department economic crime unit; and Ramona Ethier of the Community Services Agency. There will be service provider/agency information booths and a buffet luncheon. This event is free to seniors and adult children accompanying senior parents, but preregistration is required by March 8 and donations are accepted. Volunteers 18 and older are needed to greet and direct seminar attendees to activities, assist with refreshments (coffee, juice and buffet line) and distribute speaker handouts to attendees.
COMMUNITY HOSPICE INC. -- Provide support to individuals facing life-threatening illnesses, their families and friends and to those grieving with the loss of a loved one. Interested adults are asked to attend a two-day volunteer training course scheduled March 6 and 27 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Preregistration is required and lunch is provided. A training materials fee is $20, with scholarships available upon request. Volunteers are also needed to provide clerical support, outreach to the community booths or Speakers Bureau, and assist at the five Hope Chest Thrift Stores in Ceres, Modesto and Oakdale.
GLOBAL TRANSITIONS INC. -- An adult volunteer is needed to write a federal grant to support services to military families, veterans, foster youth and victims of fire with programs that assist them with transitional housing, education, resources, self-employment, jobs and accomplishing their goals. Volunteers must have prior experience writing federal grants and the ability to work independently and on a short time line.
PARENT RESOURCE CENTER -- Volunteers 18 years and older are needed to train to become labor and delivery coaches, mentors to teen and young adult parents or co-facilitators at parenting groups. Labor and delivery volunteers provide in-home and in-hospital support to pregnant teens and young women including prenatal and parenting education classes and nursing assessments; parent mentors provide emotional and educational support to at-risk young mothers; and co-facilitators assist parents during weekly group meetings. A volunteer orientation and 11-week training course is scheduled Mondays, March 8 through May 17, from 6 to 8 p.m.
STANISLAUS COUNTY LIBRARY -- Bring access to the world through books to home-bound individuals in the Home Delivery Program. Volunteers are needed to select, check out, deliver, and return library materials for home borrows. Volunteers should have an interest in books and reading, relate well with older and infirm individuals, be able to carry book bags up to 15 pounds, have a California driver's license and insurance, be at least 16 and pass a background check.