Call the Volunteer Center of United Way at (209) 524-1307, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://getconnected.uwaystan.org
Volunteers needed for special events
•MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER
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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. There is no registration fee and no minimum fundraising amount to participate. For more information, visit www.makingstrideswalk.org, or to sign up: www.makingstrideswalk.org/modesto.
CONTACT: Jasmyn Landry, (209) 524-7241, Jasmyne.Landry@cancer.org
• GUBERNATORIAL GENERAL ELECTION
NEEDED: Volunteers 18 and older who are also registered California voters are needed Nov. 4 to serve as Stanislaus County Election officers at the polls. Election officers set up the voter precinct, maintain ballot security, voting equipment and assist voters as necessary. Bilingual and “on call” election officers are also needed. Elections officers receive a $95 stipend for their time and commitment, which includes 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Election Day and mandatory training class. Training provides an overview of the Election Day process and provides hands-on equipment instruction to ensure accurate set-up and operation of the voting equipment. Training classes in Modesto, Oakdale and Turlock are offered Oct. 14-25. Visit www.stanvote.com.
CONTACT: Registrar of Voters, (209) 525-5233; or
Ongoing volunteer positions
• AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY DISCOVERY SHOP
NEEDED: Volunteers, age 14 years and older can gain retail experience while they cashier, sort, price and steam merchandise and set up displays. Volunteers are need four hours per week with flexible day and evening shifts available. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Donations of new or gently used items such as costume and fine jewelry, clothing, art, antiques, or collectables also are needed.
CONTACT: Pat Dickerson, (209) 544-9279
• CATHOLIC CHARITIES
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,
email@example.com, (209) 444-5927
•COURT-APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES OF STANISLAUS COUNTY (CASA)
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 needed. 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 www.casaofstanco.org/become-an-advocate.
CONTACT: Cindy Julsgard, (209) 548-6320
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; 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 position. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age or 16 to 17 years with an adult.
CONTACT: Shawna Teague, (209) 572-3117, firstname.lastname@example.org
NEEDED: Volunteers 18 and older to serve as museum docents. Docents serve for four hours a month, welcoming visitors and answering questions about the museum’s exhibits of Stanislaus County history. The next docent training session will be Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at the museum, 1401 I St., Modesto.
CONTACT: Larry Dorman (209) 576-7345, email@example.com
NEEDED: Volunteers 16 and older to help with the Tuolumne River Clean-Up Project. Duties include hauling tires and shopping carts out of the river and removing trash along the riverbank. Cleanup days are one Saturday a month: Oct. 11, Nov. 15 and Dec.13. Individuals and groups are encouraged to volunteer and asked to bring gloves, water, hat and sunscreen.
CONTACT: Chris Guptill, firstname.lastname@example.org