May 30, 2009

Lend A Hand (5/31/09)

Call the Volunteer Center of the United Way at 524-1307 or e-mail unless otherwise noted.

AMERICAN RED CROSS -- The third annual Heroes Breakfast, "Heroes Among Us: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Compassion," will be held Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in Modesto. The event honors residents who have made a difference in our community as they are recognized in 12 categories, including Good Samaritan (senior, adult, youth), Law Enforcement, Professional Rescue, Medical, Military, Workplace, Education, Animal, Spirit of the Red Cross and Stanislaus Hero of the Year. Volunteers 16 and older are needed to set up, greet attendees and clean up from 6 to 10 a.m.

McHENRY MUSEUM -- An American Girl doll party will be held June 13. This series of free events highlight inspirational historical dolls in the American Girl collection and invite children ages 6 to 12 and their dolls to participate in fun activities and games from other eras. The June party will feature the première of the historical doll Rebecca from 1914 New York. Reservations are required. Volunteers, ages 16 years and older, are needed to assist participants with games, arts and crafts, and refreshments. Volunteers must sign up by June 10.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, STANISLAUS -- Build homes alongside low-income families while they build their dream of homeownership. Volunteers, skilled and unskilled, assist in all areas of house construction and cleanup under trained supervision while they build homes and hope. Habitat is building homes Tuesday through Saturday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the new subdivision Hope Village in Modesto. Volunteers must be at least 16 and are especially needed during the weekdays. Volunteer orientations are held every Thursday at 12:30 p.m. or the second Saturday of each month at 11 a.m.

SOCIETY FOR HANDICAPPED CHILDREN AND ADULTS -- Have fun in the sun while helping disabled water skiers with the Summer Skiing Unlimited Program. Volunteers 15 and older are needed to assist skiers with water activities. Outings will take place at the Modesto Reservoir from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on various Saturdays through September. The program provides access to skiing for many blind, deaf, paraplegic, quadriplegic and developmentally delayed people who otherwise might be denied the opportunity to participate in the sport. Volunteers must know how to swim and pass a fingerprint background check if over age 18. Skiing experience is helpful.

STANISLAUS COUNTY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH & RECOVERY SERVICES -- Provide transportation services for mental health clients who are at risk of homelessness, incarceration or hospitalization. Volunteers are needed to drive county vehicles to accompany clients from their homes to scheduled appointments, including psychiatrists, counselors, case managers, group sessions, etc. Drivers are required to stay on the premises during client appointments and drive them back thome. Flexible scheduling is available weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Volunteers must have personal experience with mental health recovery, be at least 18, pass a Department of Justice background check, possess a California driver's license, provide a DMV printout, and complete the county's four-hour defensive driver's training.

STANISLAUS COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL SERVICES -- Care for premature and underweight puppies and kittens in your own home as a foster care volunteer. Volunteers provide a nurturing home for puppies and kittens until they are healthy enough for adoption. Animals need to be litter box trained/housebroken, bathed, crate trained, etc., and some may also need to be bottle-fed. Animal Services provides supplies for the animal's care. All volunteers must be at least 16, pass a background check, commit to volunteering for at least three months and complete foster care training prior to taking an animal home.

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