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Lend a hand: Volunteer opportunities

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

A DAY OF HOPE — A car wash fund-raiser will be held Sept. 20 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Citibank on Geer Road in Turlock. An additional car wash will be held Oct. 11. Volunteers are needed to help wash and detail cars to raise money for needy families. Groups are welcome, refreshments provided for volunteers, and flexible shifts are available between 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monetary and nonperishable food donations are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off when you get your car washed! A Day of Hope is a program of the CSU, Stanislaus Foundation that distributes baskets of food and turkeys to families in need at Thanksgiving.

CERES PARTNERSHIP FOR HEALTHY CHILDREN — The 11th annual Family Resource Fun Fest will be celebrated Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Whitmore Park in Ceres. This free event for all ages is packed with fun games, activities, prizes, food, family resources, and community information. Volunteers are needed to assist with set up/clean up, decorations, balloons, refreshment stands, games, bounce house, face painting, and more. Flexible shifts are available between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for volunteers, ages 13 years and up.

CHILDREN'S CRANIOFACIAL ASSOCIATION — Alexa's Appeal for Craniofacial Awareness will be held Sept. 20 at Modesto Centre Plaza. The fund-raiser provides a fun evening with dinner, silent auction, raffles and door prizes at $15 per person, with proceeds to benefit programs improving the quality of life for children with facial disfigurement. Volunteers 16 and older are needed to assist with setup and decorations the morning of Sept. 20 and to help prepare and serve dinner and assist with the auction at the event between 4:30 and 10 p.m. Children's Craniofacial Association addresses the medical, financial, psychosocial, emotional, and educational concerns relating to craniofacial conditions.

ENCLAVE COMMUNITY CHURCH — Get creative while benefiting the homeless with Gotcha Covered in Turlock! Volunteers are needed to make quilts or tarps to cover the homeless this winter. No experience is needed; expert quilters and novices can help cut squares and strips, sew squares together, quilt and/or tie these easy quilts. Tentative days and times are scheduled for Sept. 18 and 25 between 6 and 9 p.m. and Sept. 20 from 9 am to 4 p.m. at Enclave Community Church in Turlock. Sewing machines are available at all workshops. Bring your friends, family, co-workers or make new like-minded friends for an evening or day of community while working to make the cold winter months ahead more comfortable and beautiful for those less fortunate. Monetary donations and donations of pads, blankets, sheets, thread, yarn, blankets, cotton-blend clothing and yardage are needed and appreciated. Gotcha Covered is a community project with the objective to make 100 quilts to cover the homeless out of recycled items, with the motto "People helping People."

PARENT RESOURCE CENTER — The seventh annual Kool Kars For Charity Car Show will take place Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Stanislaus County Fairground in Turlock. This nonjudged fund-raising event will feature hot rods, street rods, muscle cars, entertainment, food and raffles. All proceeds will benefit the Parent Resource Center and the Hospice of Emanuel Medical Center. Volunteers are needed between 1:30 and 5 p.m. to assist with refreshments and help with raffle (sell tickets, prizes, etc.). Groups are welcome.

STANISLAUS COUNTY ELECTIONS OFFICE — Tech-savvy volunteers are needed to serve as poll workers, bilingual poll workers and on-call poll workers for the General Presidential Election from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Nov. 4, Election Day. Poll workers help set up the voter precinct, maintain security of ballots and voting equipment, and assist voters as necessary. A $95 stipend is offered for the volunteer's time and commitment, which includes a mandatory two to three-hour training class. Training will provide an excellent overview of the Election Day process as well as hands-on equipment training to ensure proper set-up and operation of the voting equipment. Classes will be offered the week of October 20-25 in Modesto, Oakdale and Turlock. Interested individuals must be registered voters in California and attend training. Volunteer applications are available online at LITERACY CENTER — "Wine, Jazz and a Movie" will be held Sept. 25 at the State Theatre in Modesto at 6:30 p.m. This special screening of the classic film "The Miracle Mission" will include jazz by Modesto's Jazz All-Stars, featuring Kyle Barker, and refreshments while raising funds to support the agency's literacy program services. Tickets are $30 per person or $250 for ten. Volunteers are needed to help clean up, pack up supplies, break down tables, etc. after the event.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY DISCOVERY SHOP — 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. Extra volunteers are needed for special fall promotion, including new maternity and baby clothing this weekend, a $1 book sale Sept. 19-21, the Comfy Cozy Event featuring warm sleepwear Sept. 26-28 and a New Shoes event with more than 300 brand-new shoes Oct. 3-5. Donations of new or gently used items such as costume and fine jewelry, clothing, a piece of art, an antique, or a collectable are needed and always welcome.

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 initial program 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 a minimum of one year. Training will be held Oct. 3-28, Mondays and Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m. Volunteers need to register to participate and schedule an interview by Oct. 7.

MODESTO BLIND BOWLERS — Volunteer "pin spotters" are needed to assist a league of vision-impaired bowlers. Volunteers age 15 and older advise the bowlers of the number and order of pins left standing after each throw and keeps track of the game score. The league meets Saturdays, today through the end of April, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at McHenry Bowl. Training is provided.

STANISLAUS COUNTY HEALTH SERVICES AGENCY — Provide health services to seniors at the annual Public Health Services Senior Flu Clinics. Volunteers are needed to greet the public in a courteous manner, distribute flu shot information, assist staff with registration, prepare receipts and direct the public to the flu clinic nurses. Volunteers should be at least 18 years old, be friendly with great communication skills, responsible, and may need to stand for long periods. Licensed registered nurses are also needed to administer flu vaccine, fill syringes, take medical history, provide health education, and make patients feel at ease. Volunteers must have a current RN license, knowledge of all infection control and confidentiality policies, have good communications skills, physical mobility, and should enjoy working with a diverse population. Interested individuals are asked to complete a volunteer application prior toSept. 30. Flu clinics are open October through December at various times and locations. Flexible scheduling is available and training is provided.

STANISLAUS COUNTY POLICE ACTIVITIES LEAGUE — Volunteers are needed to coach the noncompetitive Salida Soccer League sponsored by the Stanislaus County PAL. Volunteers share basic knowledge of the game with youth, ages 6 to 13 years, in three age divisions (6 to 7, 8 to 9, and 10 to 13 years). The teams practice two to three times per week and participate in games between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturdays at Finney Park in Salida starting today for 10 weeks. Practices are scheduled at the coach's convenience. If you are at least 17 years of age and enjoy sports and kids don't miss your chance to be a part of this fun and fast moving team play.