October 5, 2013

Lend A Hand (10/6/13)

Call the Volunteer Center of United Way, (209) 524-1307, or email

Call the Volunteer Center of United Way, (209) 524-1307, or email .




Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, 5K Fundraising Walk, Celebration of Survivorship

DATE: Oct. 13

NEEDED: Volunteers 18 and older are needed to help set up on Saturday and set up and clean up on Oct. 13. Individuals of all ages are encouraged to walk in this event and to raise donations from family, friends and co-workers. Check-in is at 8 a.m. followed by an opening ceremony, with the walk beginning at 9 a.m. starting at the Gallo Center for the Arts and traveling through downtown Modesto. The agency offers an online fund-raiser tool to make donations easy. There is no registration fee and no minimum fund-raising amount to participate. The walk does raise much-needed funds to help the American Cancer Society save lives and fight breast cancer, but it also creates awareness about the disease and provides lifesaving prevention and early detection information. ACS also invites people who can’t make a donation or who aren’t able to request it of others to come out and show their support by walking in the event. This is your opportunity to not only honor breast cancer survivors and remember people we have lost, but also to raise funds and awareness to help save lives and create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays. Visit

CONTACT: Jasmyne Landry, (209) 524-7242,



NEEDED: Adult volunteers are needed as champions for seniors living in care homes as a long-term care ombudsman and to help them remain independent with the Transportation Program. Ombudsman volunteers, ages 18 years and older, 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. Volunteers complete a 36-hour training course, are certified by the California Department of Aging, receive on-the-job guidance from trained staff members and commit to volunteering at least 15 flexible hours per month. Volunteers 25 years and older are also needed to transport seniors with special needs to and from medical appointments and grocery shopping.

CONTACT: Melissa Flaherty, (209) 529-3784,



NEEDED: Volunteers 18 and older are needed to assist in The Little Shop. No experience is necessary. Shifts are three hours each, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-4 p.m., Monday through Thursday and Saturdays. Each volunteer can pick how often and when they would like to come in. Sales associate volunteers are required to open and close the store, operate a cash register and interact with customers. There are many benefits of this volunteer position, including supporting the Modesto library, gaining beneficial work experience and getting involved in your community. The Little Shop is a small gift shop, run entirely by volunteers, which sells donated books, school and office supplies, artwork form local artists and many other items. The proceeds help to support the Friends’ library projects.

CONTACT: Kristine Ezovski, (209) 573-3142,


NEEDED: Volunteers 18 and older and junior volunteers 16 and older with customer service skills to serve as greeters, help with our coffee cart and various tasks. All volunteers should have excellent people skills, enjoy interaction with patients and be a self-starter. Bilingual ability is a plus but not required. There are many opportunities in various areas, such as pediatrics, Briggsmore specialty and oncology. Volunteer hours are Monday-Friday, flexible schedule from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Applications can be picked up at the information desk at 600 Coffee Road from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.. Adult applicants will need TB and background clearance, and junior applicants will need a TB clearance.

CONTACT: Sandra Juvera, (209) 521-6097 ext. 1518,


NEEDED: Volunteers 18 and older are needed to greet visitors of the HSA Gift Shop, provide customer service, sell merchandise, wrap gifts as requested and perform general store cleaning. Requires a one-year commitment of one day per week. Gift shop hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Must pass a background check and drug screening. Training is provided. All proceeds of the gift shop are donated to the Health Services Agency for medical equipment purchases, scholarships and programs such as Adopt-A-Family.

CONTACT: Leslie Duarte, (209) 558-7254,

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