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Volunteers are needed next month to prepare orders and deliver bouquets during the American Cancer society's Daffodil Days.
Volunteers are needed next month to prepare orders and deliver bouquets during the American Cancer society's Daffodil Days. Modesto Bee

Call the Volunteer Center of the United Way at 524-1307 or e-mail volunteer@uwaystan.org unless otherwise noted.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY -- The 23rd annual Daffodil Days will bloom in our community in March. Daffodils, one of the first flowers to bloom each year, are a symbol of hope for a world free of cancer, and this springtime sale of freshly cut daffodils raises funds to support cancer research, public education, advocacy, and patient service programs. Volunteers are needed to prepare orders March 14 and deliver the bouquets to Stanislaus and Tuolumne area businesses, hospitals, schools and cancer patients March 17. Delivery volunteers must have a California driver's license, proof of insurance and their own vehicle. Flexible scheduling is available for all volunteers. Bouquets, Sunshine Bouquets, Bear and a Bunch, Vision Bouquets and Gift of Hope Arrangements are available for purchase (donation levels $10-$100 and up) through the ACS office by Feb. 28. Donations support the mission and allow the ACS to anonymously deliver bouquets to cancer patients in our community.

BETHANY CHRISTIAN SERVICES -- A Valentine's Day dinner fund-raiser will be held Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. The five-course catered prime rib dinner for two, in a private residence, is $150 per couple. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to prepare the meal and between 5 and 9 p.m. to serve dinner at various host homes. Volunteers need to be at least 18 years old to prepare dinner, and 15 to serve it. A volunteer training will be held Feb. 9 between 10 a.m. and noon.

HOWARD TRAINING CENTER -- The 14th annual Crab Fest Fundraiser will be held Feb. 29 and March 1 at the Howard Training Center's Witmer Hall. The event features great food, entertainment, dancing and fun while raising dollars to support vocational and nonvocational training for adults with mental retardation and other disabilities. Reserved seating tickets are $45, and to-go tickets are available at $30. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 7. Volunteers are needed at the event to help set up, serve and clean up on Feb. 29 beginning at 2 p.m., March 1 at noon and March 2 at 9 a.m. to assist with the final cleanup.

SIERRA VISTA CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES -- The eighth annual Hearts for Children Gala, "Once Upon A Time ... Under the Deep Blue Sea," will be held Feb. 9 at the Modesto Centre Plaza. The theme for this year's formal event is based on the children's book "Rainbow Fish," a story about a beautiful fish that learns the joy of sharing. The gala kicks off with a hosted wine social and silent auction at 5 p.m., followed by a gourmet dinner, a live auction, and dancing to the music of Manhattan Towers until midnight. Volunteers are needed that morning and early afternoon to assist with setup and decorations, move auction items from agency to event and set up auction. Volunteers also are needed to clean up and close down the event between 10 p.m. and about 2 a.m. Tickets to attend the fund-raiser are available for $100 at the Sierra Vista office or Web site -- www.sierravistachildrenscenter.org -- and various businesses throughout the community.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY -- Help cancer patients without leaving your home! Volunteers are needed to assist with the Road to Recovery program in three areas: county coordinator, city coordinators and volunteer drivers. The county coordinator position receives the initial patient information/request from the Patient Service Center and refers the assignment to the appropriate city coordinator. Volunteer city coordinators, needed in Modesto/Ceres, Turlock and or Sonora/Twain Harte/Groveland, call volunteer drivers to schedule appointment times to transport patients to and from treatments. These opportunities can be coordinated from your own home or office, and training is provided via a two-hour telephone conference call. Volunteers are also needed to "chauffeur" cancer patients to and from treatments or medical appointments. Volunteer drivers must be at least 18 and have a a California driver's license, proof of insurance and a vehicle, and are asked to volunteer at least once a month, but may choose to participate more often.

CENTER FOR HUMAN SERVICES' HUTTON HOUSE -- Aid runaway and homeless youth, ages 13 to 17, in crisis. Adult volunteers are needed at the shelter site to answer the crisis line, complete intake file information, lead recreational activities, tutor youth, co-facilitate groups with group leaders, transport youth to meetings, events and appointments and assist with office tasks. Volunteers must attend 18 hours of initial program training and CPR/first-aid training, pass FBI fingerprint and criminal background review, physical clearance, tuberculosis skin test and Child Abuse Index clearance and commit to volunteering four hours per week for a minimum of one year. Training will be held Mondays and Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m.,

March 3-18. Volunteers need to register to participate and schedule an interview by Feb. 21.

FAITH IN ACTION PROGRAM OF OAK VALLEY HOSPITAL DISTRICT -- Volunteers are needed to assist frail elderly or chronically ill clients with simple chores, grocery shopping, friendly visiting, etc. and provide a respite for caregivers. Volunteers set up a mutually convenient schedule with clients and meet with them one to two hours per week. Drivers and male volunteers are especially needed. Younger volunteers, under age 16, are also welcome but need to provide their own transportation. Volunteers using their own vehicles need to have a California driver's license, proof of insurance and three references. Initial and ongoing training is provided for all volunteers.

STANISLAUS COUNTY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH & RECOVERY SERVICES -- Volunteers are needed in the Genesis Narcotic Replacement Program to assist licensed counselors with client intake assessments, co-facilitate one-to-one or group sessions, supervise random urinalysis testing and participate in general clinic operations. Volunteers attend weekly staff meetings and meet monthly with program coordinator for supervision. Volunteers must have knowledge of alcohol and drug recovery issues, be at least 18 years old and pass a fingerprint background clearance. Individuals with alcohol and drug certificates, enrolled in college, or who have aspirations of a career in this field are encouraged to apply. Flexible volunteer scheduling is available weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

STANISLAUS COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL SERVICES -- Care for underage and underweight puppies and kittens in your own home as a foster care volunteer. Volunteers provide a nurturing home for puppies and kittens until they are healthy enough for adoption. Animals need to be litter-box trained/housebroken, bathed, crate trained, etc., and some may also need to be bottle-fed. Animal Services provides supplies for the animals' care. All volunteers must be at least 16 years of age, complete foster care training prior to taking an animal home and be able to handle very young animals. The next orientation is scheduled for March 1.

STANISLAUS COUNTY REGIONAL 911 -- Volunteer receptionists are needed to answer department telephones professionally, page employees as needed, make copies, file and organize supplies/supply room. Volunteers should have basic clerical and organizational skills, good telephone demeanor, be responsible team players, at least 18 years old and pass a fingerprint background check.

STANISLAUS COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION -- Volunteer tutors are needed to help kindergarten through eighth-grade students with reading, math and homework assistance at the Project SAFE (Supporting Afterschool For Everyone) after-school program. Flexible scheduling is available weekdays between 3 and 6 p.m. at schools in Empire, Modesto and Salida. Interested individuals should be at least 15 years of age, enjoy working with youth, able to commit to volunteering one to two hours per week through the spring semester and pass a tuberculosis clearance and background check if over 18.

VOLUNTEER CENTER OF UNITED WAY OF STANISLAUS COUNTY -- Be part of a statewide team supporting not-for-profit organizations that serve people living in poverty as a CaliforniaVolunteers of the Office of the Governor AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) member. VISTA members, working with the Volunteer Center of United Way (VCUW), are needed to provide capacity building within nonprofits, volunteer management assistance and training, volunteer recruitment, increase volunteer opportunities on the online searchable database, and support and promote volunteering throughout Stanislaus County. AmeriCorps*VISTA members serve full time for a year and receive a living allowance, health coverage, child care assistance if eligible, mileage reimbursement and, upon the completion of a full year of service, the choice of an education award or an end-of-service stipend. Individuals should have an interest in the field of volunteerism, good written and oral communication skills, be computer literate, have a California driver's license and reliable transportation. Proficiency in Spanish is a plus. An all-expense-paid AmeriCorps*VISTA training will be provided this April in Utah. Deadline to apply is Feb. 11. AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects more than 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet our country's critical needs in education, public safety, health and the environment.

YOUTH FOR CHRIST CENTRAL VALLEY -- Invest an hour a week mentoring and make a difference in the life of a child. Youth for Christ is partnering with Ceres Unified School District to place 75 adult mentors with sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students. Mentors enrich their own lives while sharing everyday activities with kids, movies, reading, homework, hiking, shopping, talking, just listening, and more. Hours are very flexible as set up with the mentor and protégé. Volunteers must pass a fingerprint background check and commit to volunteering at least four hours per month for a minimum of one year.

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