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Feb. 19

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

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY -- The 23rd annual Daffodil Days will "bloom" in March. Springtime sale of fresh cut daffodils raises funds to support cancer research, public education, advocacy and patient service programs. Volunteers are needed to prepare orders on March 15 and deliver the bouquets to Stanislaus and Tuolumne area businesses, hospitals, schools, and cancer patients on 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. Donations support the mission and allow the ACS to anonymously deliver bouquets to cancer patients in our community.

AMERICAN RED CROSS -- The 25th annual CPR Saturday takes place March 8 at sites in Modesto, Oakdale, Patterson and Turlock. The event is open to the public, ages 8 to adult. Classes begin every hour between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Preregistration cost is $8 and $10 at the door based on space availability. Volunteers, ages 14 year and up, are needed to help coordinate activities and process registrations, plus on day of event to help with setup/cleanup, volunteer and registration check in, correct written tests, clean mannequins, staff first aid booth, etc. Certified CPR Instructors are especially needed. Flexible volunteer shifts are available between 6:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

BETHANY CHRISTIAN SERVICES -- Valentine's Dinner Fundraiser is Feb. 14 at6 p.m. Enjoy a five-course catered prime rib dinner for two in a private residence for Valentine's Day benefiting Bethany Christian Services for $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 of age to prepare and 15 years to serve dinner. A volunteer training will be held Feb. 9 between 10 a.m. and noon.

HOWARD TRAINING CENTER -- The 14th annual Crab Fest fund-raiser will be held Feb. 29 and March 1 at the Howard Training Center. Reserved seating tickets are $45 and to-go tickets are $30. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 7 p.m. Volunteers are needed 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. for final cleanup.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY -- 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, or Sonora/Twain Harte/Groveland, call volunteer drivers to schedule appointment times to transport patients to and from treatments. These can be coordinated from your own home or office and training is provided in 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 years of age, with a California driver's license, proof of insurance and a vehicle, and are asked to volunteer at least once a month.

CENTER FOR HUMAN SERVICES HUTTON HOUSE -- Aid runaway and homeless youth, ages 13 to 17 years, 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 training and CPR/first-aid training, pass FBI fingerprint and criminal background review, physical clearance, TB skin test and Child Abuse Index clearance, and commit to volunteering four hours per week for at least one year. Training is Mondays and Tuesdays, March 3-18, from 5 to 8 p.m. Volunteers need to register 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 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. 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.

THE FIRST TEE OF MODESTO -- The Learning Life Skills Through Golf Program offers clinics, rounds of golf, and outings by matching encouraging adults to help over 2,500 Modesto area youth, ages 7 to 17, learn and enjoy the game of golf while gaining life skills. Six-week clinics will be held between March and October on Tuesdays through Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Municipal Golf Course. Volunteers interact with kids during icebreaker skills games, accompany youth playing nine holes of golf, teach specific golf skill focus for that day, assist with skill testing, and participate in "wrap up" games. No special skills are needed and it is not necessary to know how to play golf. Volunteers are asked to attend an orientation/training on Feb. 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Del Rio Country Club, March 1 or 29 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Mancini Hall. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and complete a background check.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, STANISLAUS COUNTY -- Help low-income families build their dream of home ownership. Volunteers, ages 16 years and up, are needed to assist in all areas of house construction and clean up under trained supervision. Three houses are in active stages of construction Tuesday through Saturdays between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteer orientations are held Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. and every other Saturday at 11 a.m.

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 of age or older, 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 animal's care. All volunteers must be at least 16 years of age, complete foster care training prior to taking an animal home and must be able to handle very young animals. The next orientation is scheduled for March 1.

STANISLAUS COUNTY HEALTH SERVICES AGENCY -- A variety of volunteer positions assisting medical staff and patients are available in the HSA/Public Health system. Information desk volunteers welcome and direct patients and visitors, provide public relations for the department, run errands and transport patients via wheelchairs as needed. Clerical volunteers assist with computer input, word processing, filing, telephones, compiling packets, and working on special projects. Gift shop volunteers assist customers with sales, operate the cash register, wrap gifts, and help maintain an attractive display of merchandise and general store appearance. Flexible volunteer shifts are available weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. in all positions. Bilingual (Spanish/English) ability is a plus but not required. Volunteers should enjoy working with the public and pass a background check.

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

STANISLAUS COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION -- Volunteer tutors are needed to help K-8th 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, be able to commit to volunteering one to two hours per week through the spring semester, and pass a TB clearance and a background check if over the age of 18.