May 24, 2014

Lend A Hand: Volunteer opportunities in the Modesto region

Volunteer opportunities in the Modesto region.

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

Volunteers for special events


NEEDED: Through Sept. 14. Volunteers, ages 16 and older, are needed to register walkers and teams, assist with the sales and set-up of luminaries for the evening luminary ceremony honoring cancer victims, and help with other activities during the event and with cleanup at the conclusion of the event at all sites. Relay for Life brings together more than 3.5 million people to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer; remember loved ones lost to the disease; and fight back against cancer. The 24-hour relay dates include May 31-June 1, Waterford; June 21-22, Escalon, Riverbank; Sept. 13-14, Atwater. Teams also are invited to sign up, gather pledges and participate to raise money for the fight against cancer.

CONTACT: Jasmyne Landry,, (209) 524-7241


NEEDED: Volunteers 16 and older to assist with 13th annual Truckin’ for Hospice Motorcycle & Car Rally on June 21. Volunteers needed to clean up (tear-down of tables, chairs, tents, etc.) at 2:30 p.m. Presented by the California Trucking Association, this motorcycle/car rally/antique and working truck show starts at Dell’Osso Family Farm, Lathrop, and travels through the Mother Lode with stops along the 135-mile ride for refreshments, poker hands and a chance to win prizes. It concludes with a barbecue, live music and raffle in Manteca. Per person rider fee is $35 at preregistration or $40 after June 11 and can be purchased online. Truck show entrance fees are $40 per person before June 11 and $50 after. Fee includes a commemorative T-shirt, run pin, poker hand, food and drink. Bikers, car enthusiasts and truckers are invited to raise funds for Community Hospice and Hospice of San Joaquin. Individuals and businesses are also invited to become sponsors.

CONTACT: Robert Tennies,,, (209) 403-0674


NEEDED: Volunteers 14 and older needed on June 21 to assist and encourage children and serve as “buddies” with the various activities throughout the farm. The event introduces children with disabilities (and kids at heart), to activities typically seen on a working farm, including horseback riding, hayrides, planting in the garden, arts and crafts, a petting zoo and a barbecue to celebrate the day of fun and adventure. Additional help is needed at each of the activity stations. Volunteers will receive an orientation from 9 to 10 a.m., help with setup, interact with their buddies from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and assist with cleanup. Experience working around farm animals is helpful but not necessary. All volunteers must complete an application, and volunteers over age 18 must pass a background check. Volunteers are needed for this program, which will take place at the Jim & Patti Sanchez Farms in Oakdale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

CONTACT: Lynn Q-V, lynnqv@societyfor, (209) 524-3536

Ongoing volunteer positions


NEEDED: Volunteers 12 and older to be active in their community over the summer by helping reduce the amount of wasted fruit and increase access of fresh produce to low-income families in our area through gleaning. Individuals or groups are needed to help pick fruit at harvest events in the mornings from 9 a.m.-noon weekdays or Saturdays to be scheduled throughout the summer months.

CONTACT: Rhonda Dahlgren,, (209) 523-1476


NEEDED: Volunteers 16 years and older to spend 90 minutes twice a week increasing a student’s basic reading skills. Learning Quest currently has 32 adults who have requested help with reading and need a volunteer literacy tutor. The next tutor orientation is June 5 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and the training will be on June 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Both are offered at Learning Quest, 1032 11th St., Modesto. The times and days depend on the schedule of the volunteer who will be matched with a student with similar availability.

There is a $10 cost for training materials, but the fee can be waived if requested.

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


NEEDED: Volunteers, ages 14 years and older, on an ongoing basis to assist with childcare supervision, participating in fun, creative activities with the children while parents are attending class on site. Play games, sing songs and help children increase their developmental skills. Volunteers need to commit to two hours per week. Volunteers must have a current TB clearance and a background check for individuals 18 years and older.

CONTACT: Debbie Root, (209) 549.8193,


NEEDED: College students to volunteer as Outreach and Education Specialists, whose tasks will be to raise college students’ awareness of California’s new Health Exchange, Covered California. Working alongside United Way staff, volunteers will assist in planning outreach activities, attend community events and conduct presentations. Volunteers must pass a background check, pass the Outreach and Education Training with an 80 percent or higher grade, be reliable and on time, have reliable transportation, be able to lift and carry up to 30 pounds and must be able to be outside in hot and cold environments. Stipends are available.

CONTACT : Estrella Garcia, (209) 523-4562,

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