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Lend a Hand: Volunteer opportunites

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

AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION -- Walk for Diabetes will hit the streets Oct. 12 at the Sports Complex in Patterson. "Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes" is a fund-raising walk to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Volunteers are needed to assist with setup, registration, supervise games and activities, assist participants on the route, clean up, etc. between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Volunteers are also needed to form a team or participate on their own to collect at least $100 per team in pledges and walk or run to funds to support diabetes research, advocacy.

FAITH IN ACTION PROGRAM OF OAK VALLEY HOSPITAL DISTRICT -- The sixth annual Tea in the Afternoon luncheon will be held Oct. 11 at noon at the Gladys Lemmons Senior Center in Oakdale. Volunteer hostesses are invited to decorate a table for eight using their individual creativity and table settings. Themes from any category are welcome. Volunteers 15 and older are needed to set up, serve refreshments and clean up between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets to the event are $20 with all proceeds to benefit caregiver programs.

MARCH OF DIMES -- Jail and Bail, the March of Dimes fall fund-raising campaign, will be held Sept. 23 in Ripon, Oct. 2 in Turlock, Oct. 8 in Oakdale and Oct. 22 in Manteca. Jail and Bail is a mock-arrest and jailing of willing participants who are sentenced to one hour in the slammer while phoning potential donors to raise bail in the form of contributions to the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation. Volunteers are needed the day of event to be van drivers to "arrest" and transport jailbirds at specific sites only, act as court staff (bailiff, billing clerk, court clerk, and judge), take mug shots, process donations and assist with refreshments. Interested individuals must be at least 16 to volunteer as court staff and at least 18 to be drivers. Flexible shifts are available between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Volunteers may also stuff envelopes, compile packets, and assist with mailings prior to the events at the agency office in Modesto.

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. Nov. 4. 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. Classes will be offered the week of Oct. 20-25 in Modesto, Oakdale and Turlock. Interested individuals must be registered voters in California and attend training. Volunteer applications are available online at

STANISLAUS LITERACY CENTER -- The "Wine, Jazz and a Movie" event will be held Thursday 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 10. Volunteers are needed to clean up, pack up supplies, break down tables, etc., after the event.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY DISCOVERY SHOP -- Volunteers 14 and older can gain retail experience while they cashier and sort, price, steam merchandise and set up displays. Interested individuals are asked to volunteer just four hours per week and flexible day and evening shifts are 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. Extra volunteers are needed for special fall promotions including the Comfy Cozy Event, featuring warm sleepwear, on Sept. 26-28, and the New Shoes event, with more than 300 brand-new shoes, on 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 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 eighteen 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 Mondays and Tuesdays, 5 to 8 p.m., Oct. 3-28. Volunteers need to register to participate and schedule an interview by Oct. 2.

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, 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 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 to Sept. 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 through mid-November. Practices are scheduled at the coach's convenience. Volunteers must be at least 17 years old.