August 9, 2014

Lend a Hand

Call the Volunteer Center of United Way at 524-1307 or e-mail or visit their site at

Call the Volunteer Center of United Way at 524-1307 or e-mail or visit their site at

Volunteers needed for special events

•  Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

NEEDED: Volunteers 16 and older are needed to help with setup Oct. 11 and setup and cleanup 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 agency offers an online fundraiser tool to make donations easy. There is no registration fee and no minimum fundraising 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! For more information, visit, or to sign up,

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


NEEDED: Individuals, groups and corporate volunteers are needed 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 begin at 5 a.m. both days. Volunteer rally is on Aug. 25 at Mistlin Sports Park. Visit for more information.

CONTACT: Jessica Coleman, (209) 599-4483,

Ongoing volunteer positions


NEEDED: Volunteers 21 and older are needed to be mentors for at-risk youth between the ages of 9 and 17 who 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 behavior and activities, while improving academic performance, making healthier choices and becoming positive members of society. Volunteer mentors will be thoroughly 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 and monthly recreational activities with other mentors and mentees in the program. Volunteers must be 21 or older and pass a background check.

CONTACT: Edgar Garibay,, (209) 444-5927


NEEDED: Volunteers 21 and older are needed 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 Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. in downtown Modesto. The next training session will be held Monday and Wednesday from 6 to 9 beginning Oct. 15 and ending 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 a 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 additional information, call or email. For more information on the CASA program, visit

CONTACT: Cindy Julsgard,, (209) 548-6320


NEEDED: Volunteers 12 and older are needed 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 13 and older are needed for outreach programs and to assist at the clinics. First tee impacts lives of area youth 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,, (209) 485-3915


NEEDED: Volunteers 18 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 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 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 – 40 lbs. depending upon the position.

CONTACT: Shawna Teague, 209-572-3117,


NEEDED: College students to volunteer as an outreach and education specialists, whose tasks will be to raise the other college students’ awareness of California’s new Health Exchange called Covered CA. Working alongside UWSC 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, be reliable and on-time, have reliable transportation, be able to lift and carry up to 30lbs, and must be able to be outside in hot and cold environments. Stipends are available.

CONTACT: Estrella Garcia, 209-523-4562,


NEEDED: Volunteer ages 14 years and older are needed on an ongoing basis to assist with childcare supervision participating in fun, creative activities 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,

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