Volunteers are needed by several groups in and around Modesto.
Volunteers needed for special events:
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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
Needed: Volunteers 16 and older to help with the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. Volunteers will be needed for setup Saturday, Oct. 17, and setup and cleanup Sunday, Oct. 18. Check-in is at 7:30 a.m. followed by an opening ceremony, with the walk beginning at 9 a.m. starting at the Gallo Center for the Arts and traveling through downtown Modesto.
SOCIETY FOR DISABILITIES
Needed: Volunteers 21 and older for the Wild West Gala Jeans and Jewels fundraising event to be held Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Durrer Barn. Volunteers will run the midway games, assist with the auction, direct parking traffic, serve appetizers and help bus tables. Volunteers will also be needed Friday, Oct. 16, for event setup from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to noon. Cleanup volunteers will be needed Sunday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Volunteers needed for ongoing positions:
DOCTORS MEDICAL CENTER
Needed: Volunteers 25 and older for various tasks within the hospital, such as staffing at the Gift Box. Other opportunities may include helping direct patients and visitors, assisting family members in the emergency room, escorting discharged patients by wheelchair, assisting staff with errands, stocking supply carts, making coffee for doctors and families, clerical and more. Interested volunteers are asked to commit to working two 3.5-hour shifts per month for one year. All volunteers will receive a 25-hour training orientation in the areas of service selected. Volunteers must pass a background check.
Needed: Volunteers 18 and older to serve as board members. The foundation’s mission is to provide funding and support to the Health Services Agency and the Valley Family Medicine Residency Program through health care scholarships, preventative programs and equipment for quality patient care. The foundation’s priorities support community health initiatives, create community health awareness, generate income to fund health programs and educate Stanislaus County residents.
STANISLAUS COUNTY HEALTH SERVICES AGENCY
Needed: Volunteers 18 and older to greet visitors of the HSA gift shop, provide customer service, sell merchandise, wrap gifts as requested and perform general retail store duties. Requires at least a six-month commitment of one day per week. Ongoing training provided. All proceeds of the gift shop are donated to the Health Services Agency for equipment purchases, scholarships and Adopt-A-Family.
UNITED WAY OF STANISLAUS COUNTY
Needed: Volunteers 18 and older to support the United Way’s CHEF Health Initiative at Caswell Elementary School in Ceres and Bret Harte Elementary School in Modesto. The CHEF initiative has two parts: providing bags of healthy food to elementary students in after-school programs, and providing nutrition education classes for parents and students. Volunteering in the nutrition workshops entails guiding activities and supporting teachers. Volunteers are also needed twice a month to prepare food bags. Volunteers will need to fill out an application and pass a background check.