December 26, 2009

Lend a Hand (12/27/09)

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

DELTA BLOOD BANK — A replacement blood drive for Sophia Rose Conde will be held Jan. 19 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel on Sisk Road in Modesto. Sophia, an 18-month-old with Pyruvate Kinase deficiency, will require a blood transfusion every three or four weeks until the age of 5. Volunteers 16 and older are needed to serve refreshments and visit with donors following their blood donation. A 20-minute training is provided and volunteers are certified. Additional volunteers, ages 14 and 15 with parent, or 16 years and older, are needed to greet and direct donors and assist nursing staff with general information questionnaires. Three shifts are available (11 to 3 p.m., 3 to 7 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.). Anyone interested in donating blood also is welcome to do so during this special blood drive. Additional mobile blood drives and ongoing volunteer staffing opportunities are available at all collection sites located in Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Calaveras, El Dorado and Tuolumne Counties.

SOCIETY FOR HANDICAPPED CHILDREN AND ADULTS — Hit the slopes and share the exhilaration of snow skiing with physically challenged youth and adult skiers. Since 1990, the Skiing Unlimited Program has provided access to the sport of skiing for many blind, deaf, paraplegic, quadriplegic and developmentally disabled individuals with the use of adaptive equipment. Volunteers 15 and older are needed to assist skiers on the Dodge Ridge ski trips. Intermediate skiers help push sleds and expert skiers should be able to ski backward downhill to help blind skiers. Opportunities are available on most Saturdays between Jan. 2 and March from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers should have some ski experience, provide their own transportation to Dodge Ridge in Pinecrest, complete an application and pass a background check. Volunteers receive free lift tickets when volunteering and their families are able to purchase $10 lift tickets when they accompany volunteers.

AARP TAX-AIDE PROGRAM — Prepare federal and state income tax returns for seniors, ages 60 and older, and low-income taxpayers in Stanislaus County with the AARP Tax Aide Program. Volunteers 18 and older are needed to assist individuals with tax returns in Modesto, Newman, Patterson and Turlock. Volunteers should be comfortable working with numbers and have some familiarity with simple tax returns. All volunteers receive free 40-hour comprehensive training to be held the week of Jan. 11, 2010, and are asked to volunteer at least four hours per week between Feb. 1 and April 15.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY — Help cancer patients without leaving your home! Volunteers are needed to assist with the Road to Recovery program in three areas: county coordinator, city coordinators and volunteer drivers. The county coordinator receives the initial patient information/request from the Patient Service Center and refers the assignment to the appropriate city coordinator. Volunteer city coordinators, needed in Modesto/Ceres, Turlock and Sonora, call volunteer drivers to schedule appointment times to transport patients to and from treatments. These opportunities can be coordinated from your own home or office, fit around your schedule, and training is provided via a two-hour telephone conference call. Volunteers are also needed to drive cancer patients to and from treatments or medical appointments. Volunteer drivers must be at least 18, with a California driver's license, proof of insurance and a vehicle, and are asked to volunteer at least once a month.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES — Be a champion for seniors by becoming a long-term ombudsman to investigate and resolve complaints, including reports of elder abuse and neglect, and advocate for the quality of life and quality of care on behalf of residents in long-term care facilities. All volunteers complete a 36-hour training course, are certified by the California Department of Aging and receive on-the-job guidance from trained staff. The next volunteer training will be held the week of Jan. 18-22 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Volunteers must be at least 18, pass a background check and commit to volunteering at least 15 flexible hours per month. Volunteers are also needed to transport seniors with special needs to and from medical appointments and grocery shopping.

McHENRY MANSION — Volunteer docents 18 and older learn about our local history, become knowledgeable about the late Victorian period, meet new friends, enjoy numerous social events, yearly trips, etc. while serving the community. Volunteers attend monthly meetings with interesting programs, participate in fourteen service obligations per year (scheduled at their convenience) and attend 16 hours of docent training. Those interested are asked to attend the next eight-week training series on Wednesday mornings beginning Jan. 27.

STANISLAUS LITERACY CENTER — Volunteers 16 and older are needed to help adults earn a GED or pass an employment related test. Volunteers tutor students in math and assist with GED preparation one-to-one, in small groups or in a lab setting. An orientation and training is provided to all volunteers and flexible scheduling is available.

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