Volunteers needed for special events:
LOVE MODESTO COMMUNITYWIDE VOLUNTEER DAY
NEEDED: Volunteers of all ages are needed April 18 to help with family-friendly projects in Modesto and throughout Stanislaus County. More than 60 projects provide various opportunities such as offering food to the hungry, visiting senior adults, building a home for a family in need, delivering baked goods to public servants such as fire, police, sheriff, CHP and emergency departments, cleaning a park, donating blood to save lives and more. Festivities begin at 8 a.m. with free food and refreshments, a kids’ zone, music and activities in front of the Gallo Center for the Arts on I Street.
CONTACT: Jeff Pishney, (209) 566-9343, firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers needed for ongoing positions:
STANISLAUS COUNTY AREA AGENCY ON AGING & VETERANS SERVICES
NEEDED: Volunteers age 55 and older to regularly visit older adults who are having trouble overcoming difficulties or facing significant change in their lives, connect seniors to service, help them learn to cope and provide support. Volunteer Senior Peer 2 Peers attend an initial 30-hour training and are supervised by professional clinicians. Training will begin April 7. Prior to training, volunteers meet with the volunteer coordinator. Volunteers also needed for the Friendly Visitor program, providing social visitors and companionship to isolated seniors in Stanislaus County.
CONTACT: Julia Washington, (209) 525-4613, email@example.com
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF STANISLAUS COUNTY
NEEDED: Volunteers 18 and older to help in our after-school programs at two local elementary schools. Tasks may include homework assistance or helping during activities or sports. Volunteer hours are 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, as needed. Applicants must fill out an application and attend an orientation. Qualified applicants will be interviewed. A background check, fingerprint clearance and a TB test are also required.
CONTACT: Marlene Settle at (209) 222-5826 or
CENTER FOR HUMAN SERVICES
NEEDED: Volunteers 13 to 17 are needed to serve as defense and prosecution attorneys, jury members, bailiffs and court clerks. The Youth Court process offers first-time juvenile defendants who have admitted responsibility for their offenses an opportunity to have their case heard by a jury of their peers, with an adult volunteer judge experienced in juvenile law presiding. Adult volunteers 18 and older, who are knowledgeable of the law, are also needed to act as judges to preside over the court and serve as mentors to assist volunteer attorneys with trial preparation. The court sessions are usually held during the evening bi-monthly on Wednesdays in Modesto and on the third Tuesday in Oakdale.
CONTACT: Liz Elizondo, (209) 526-1476, firstname.lastname@example.org
NEEDED: Volunteers 18 and older as of July 6 to assist with Camp Erin, a four-day grief camp for children ages 6 to 17 who have experienced the death of someone close to them. Cabin Buddies creates a positive, fun, supportive and energetic atmosphere for its campers as they learn to cope with their losses. Volunteers will participate in sharing activities and meals, and will supervise the campers assigned to their cabins. Volunteers will receive training. To learn more about this and other Camp Erin volunteer opportunities, please visit hospiceheart.org
CONTACT: Dottie Jessen at (209) 969-1018, email@example.com
HEALTHY AGING ASSOCIATION
NEEDED: Volunteers 18 and older to join the Young at Heart team of instructors who make a difference in the lives of older adults. Volunteer instructors are needed to lead group exercise classes as soon as possible in Hughson and Modesto. No experience is needed, only a passion for wellness and working with older adults. Free training certification is available for the right individuals.
HOPE HAVEN WEST
NEEDED: Volunteers 18 and older on Mondays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon to help in the warehouse, 1324 Coldwell Ave., Modesto, sorting, boxing, assembling and packing wheelchairs. Hope Haven West collects discarded and used wheelchairs and ships them to vocational rehab units of 17 federal prisons, where prisoners refurbish the chairs. The refurbished chairs are then returned to the agency.
NEEDED: Volunteers 16 and older to help with the Tuolumne River Clean-Up Project. Duties include hauling tires and shopping carts out of the river and removing trash along the riverbank. The next cleanup day is March 14. Individuals and groups are encouraged to volunteer and asked to bring gloves, water, hat and sunscreen. Visit http://tinyurl.com/operation9-2-99.
CONTACT: Chris Guptill, firstname.lastname@example.org