Lend A Hand: Volunteer opportunities in the Modesto region

07/26/2014 12:00 AM

07/25/2014 1:19 PM

Call the Volunteer Center of United Way at (209) 524-1307, email volunteer@uwaystan.org or visit http://getconnected.uwaystan.org.

Volunteers for special events

•  MODESTO GRAND PRIX

NEEDED: Volunteers 18 and older for several opportunities ranging from set up, parking, tickets, hospitality, etc. Volunteer opportunities begin in the downtown corridor beginning Tuesday through Aug. 3, offering many different positions. Online registration at http://modestogp.com/volunteers.

CONTACT: Stephanie Smith, ssmith@modestogov.com, (209) 577-5450

•  COLOR THE SKIES HOT AIR BALLOON & KITE FESTIVAL

NEEDED: Individuals, groups and corporate volunteers Aug. 30-31 to assist with various activities during this two-day festival benefiting Children’s Hospital Central California. This event will take place at Mistlin Sports Park in Ripon. Volunteer areas include preparing and serving a pancake breakfast, parking vehicles, giving toys away, serving at concession booths, making crafts with kids, face painting and more. Four-hour shifts beginning at 5 a.m. both days. Volunteer rally is on Aug. 25 Mistlin Sports Park. Visit www.colortheskies.com for more information.

CONTACT: Jessica Coleman, jessica@colortheskies.com, (209) 599-4483

•  MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER

NEEDED: Volunteers 16 and older to help with set up on Oct. 11 and set up and clean up on Oct. 12. Individuals of all ages are encouraged to walk in this local 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 8:30 a.m. starting at the Gallo Center for the Arts and traveling through downtown Modesto. The walk raises funds for the American Cancer Society, 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 show their support by walking in the event. For more information or to register, visit www.makingstrideswalk.org and makingstirdeswalk.org/modesto.

CONTACT: Jasmyne Landry, Jasmyne.Landry@cancer.org, (209) 524-7241

Ongoing volunteer positions

•  AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

NEEDED: Volunteers 18 and older to assist with the Road to Recovery program, which provides free rides to and from treatment for people with cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. Volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their cars. All volunteers must have a valid driver’s license and insurance, be available at least once a month to drive and have computer access. Training is required as well as passing a background and DMV check. Drivers are needed in several areas of Stanislaus County.

CONTACT: Linda Sites, linda.sites@cancer.org, (209) 524-7241

• CATHOLIC CHARITIES

NEEDED: Volunteers 21 and older to be mentors for at-risk youths ages 9-17 that live in areas of significant disadvantage in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties. The purpose of the mentoring program is to prevent delinquency, truancy, drug use, gang involvement and other high-risk behaviors/activities while improving academic performance, making healthier choices and becoming positive members of society. Volunteer mentors will be trained and matched with an at-risk youth to develop and form a healthy relationship, which requires a minimum of one year. The mentor and mentee relationship is built around meeting individually for a minimum of two hours a week with monthly recreational activities with other mentors and mentees in the program. Volunteers must pass a background check.

CONTACT: Edgar Garibay, egaribay@ccstockton.org, (209) 444-5927

•  COURT-APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES OF STANISLAUS COUNTY (CASA)

NEEDED: Volunteers 21 and older to become an advocate for a foster child. Advocates are the voice of a foster child during court proceedings, conduct case fact finding and produce a court report for court hearings based on what is in the best interest of the child. Interested individuals are invited to attend an orientation at 6 p.m. Sept. 29 in downtown Modesto. Training sessions will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 15 through Dec. 1. Volunteers must complete initial and ongoing training, attend daytime court hearings, maintain strict confidentiality, be computer literate with access to email, pass a fingerprint background check, possess a valid California driver’s license, have access to vehicle, show proof of insurance and commit to volunteering a minimum of 18 months. Bilingual individuals are especially encouraged to volunteer. CASA of Stanislaus County’s mission is to provide quality advocacy services for all abused and neglected children in the foster care system through the use of trained volunteers. For orientation location or more information, call or email. For more information on the CASA program, see http://www.casaofstanco.org/become-an-advocate

CONTACT: Cindy Julsgard, casaofstanco@stanct.org, (209) 548-6320

•  INTERFAITH MINISTRIES

NEEDED : Volunteers 18 and older weekdays to help provide food and clothing to needy individuals and families. 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 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, depending on the volunteer position. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age or 16 to 17 years with an adult and be able to lift at least 25 to 40 pounds, depending upon the position.

CONTACT: Shawna Teague, steague@interfaithmodesto.org, (209) 572-3117

• CENTER FOR HUMAN SERVICES HARVESTING FUTURES

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. to noon weekdays or Saturdays to be scheduled throughout the summer months.

CONTACT: Rhonda Dahlgren, rdahlgren@centerforhumanservices.org, (209) 523-1476

• UNITED WAY OF STANISLAUS COUNTY

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. Stipends are available.

CONTACT : Estrella Garcia, egarcia@uwaystan.org, (209) 523-4562

•  FIRST TEE OF CENTRAL VALLEY

NEEDED: Volunteers 13 and older for outreach programs and to assist at clinics. First Tee impacts lives of area youths by providing programs to ensure character development and the mastery of life skills through instruction in the game of golf. Volunteers are not required to be golfers. Volunteers play a key role in creating positive relationships that inspire young people to become confident, responsible citizens. Ten-week sessions are held spring, summer and fall at Modesto Municipal Golf Course, Monday through Thursday afternoons and on Saturday mornings.

CONTACT: Cathy Mendoza, cathy@thefirstteecentralvalley.org, (209) 485-3915

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