October 27, 2013

Lend a Hand (10/25)

Call the Volunteer Center of United Way at 524-1307, email or visit

Call the Volunteer Center of United Way at 524-1307, email or visit



NEEDED: Volunteers 18 and older are needed to assist in preparing taxes for the 2013 tax season. Opportunities include greeter, screener, translators and tax preparers. All volunteer tax preparers will be trained and pass a certification exam. Trainings are offered in person which is recommended or can be taken independently through an online web-training. Tax preparers will learn how to determine client eligibility for tax credits, how to utilize professional tax software, and learn basic to advance tax laws. All volunteers are required to complete the Standard of Conduct Exam, have reliable transportation, trustworthy and punctual. Dates and times will vary. Tax preparation sites are located in cities across Stanislaus County. Volunteers will be able to choose the locations, dates and times convenient to them.

CONTACT: Margaret Land, (209) 988-5663,


NEEDED: Volunteers 18 and older are needed to assist in The Little Shop. No experience is necessary. Shifts are 3 hours each, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 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, art work form local artists, along with many other items. The proceeds help to support the Friends’ library projects.

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


NEEDED: Volunteers 16 and older are needed to help provide food and clothing to needy individuals and families weekdays. Warehouse volunteers pick up, receive, sort, and distribute food to clients; Food Pantry volunteers interview clients, offer support and referrals, bag grocery orders, and stock shelves; and Clothes Closet volunteers sort clothing and assist in the community clothes closet. Volunteers are needed from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday depending on the volunteer position. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age or 16 to 17 years with parental permission, and be able to lift up to 40 pounds, depending upon the position.

CONTACT: Marlena Neely, (209) 572-3117,


NEEDED: Volunteers 16 years and older, spend just 90 minutes twice a week increasing a student’s basic reading skills. Stanislaus Literacy Centers has 46 adults who have requested help with reading and need a volunteer literacy tutor. The next tutor orientation is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 6, and the training will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 9. Both are offered at LearningQuest 1032 11th St.

CONTACT: Karen Williams, (209) 558-4505,


NEEDED: Volunteers 18 and older and junior volunteers 16 years 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 weekdays, flexible schedules from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Applications can be picked up at the Information Desk at 600 Coffee Road from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Adult applicants will need tuberculosis vaccine 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 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays. 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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