Lend a Hand

Call the Volunteer Center of United Way, 209-524-1307, or email


NEEDED: Volunteers 14 and older to help fundraise in the annual SnowFest Event, a ski and snowboard event comparable to a Jog-a-thon, to be held Saturday, March 4, at Dodge Ridge Resort. Volunteers should arrive by 8 a.m. Volunteers also needed to form fundraising teams. Form a team at: or to volunteer for the committee or day of event, pleas

CONTACT: Carolyn Teixeira Gomes, 209-524-3536,



NEEDED: Volunteers 18 and older are needed to assist with the Road to Recovery program which provides free rides to and from treatment for people with cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. Volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their cars so that patients can receive the lifesaving treatments they need. All volunteers must have a valid driver’s license and insurance, be available at least twice a month to drive, and have computer access. Training is required as well as passing a background and DMV check. Drivers are needed in several areas of Stanislaus County.

CONTACT: Linda Sites, 209-524-7241,


NEEDED: Volunteers 16 and older to serve in a variety of roles in Modesto and throughout Stanislaus County. Disaster responders are needed to respond to home fires, which occur every eight hours in our region. Some positions may require 18 years of age and older. Fire prevention volunteers are needed to install smoke detectors in 700 homes in the next six months. Additional needs include general office work, volunteer intake and orientation, first aid, service to the armed forces and emergency preparedness education, including the Red Cross Pillowcase Project. All volunteers receive Red Cross volunteer training. Some volunteer duties may be performed at home. For more information, visit and click on “Volunteer with Us.”

CONTACT: Eric Goossens, 209-523-6502,


NEEDED: Volunteers 21 and older to be trained as Mistlin Gallery docents, working twice a month, Tuesday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday noon to 4 p.m. at Mistlin Gallery, 1015 J St., Modesto. Docents handle sales, greet the public and do light chores. An interview and nine to 12 training hours are required. Hospitality volunteers 18 and older are also needed for special events. Volunteers set up, serve and clean up refreshments and greet visitors for Third Thursday Art Walk from 5 to 9 p.m.

CONTACT: Dixie Zambruno, 209-883-2648,


NEEDED: A diverse group of volunteers 18 and older to help fight housing discrimination in Stanislaus County. Like mystery shoppers, fair housing testers pose as potential tenants to see how landlords treat different types of people in real-life situations. As a volunteer tester, you will receive a small stipend for your work.

CONTACT: Zoha Khalili, 209-236-1577,



NEEDED: Volunteers 18 and older and their pets to visit seniors in convalescent hospitals and care facilities through the SPCA Pet Outreach Program. Children are welcome if supervised by parent. Pets need to be friendly and like to be handled. Visits are made the first and second Saturday mornings and the third Wednesday mornings of each month.

CONTACT: Mary Davis,



NEEDED: Volunteers 22 and older for the STARS program, citizen volunteers who assist the Sheriff’s Department. Roles include patrolling the county, court security, jail assistance, vacation house checks, neighborhood watch and more. Volunteers must be able to commit to at least 10 hours a month, pass an oral board, pass a background investigation and have the desire to help make our community a better place to live.

CONTACT: Deputy Del Nero, 209-558-8930


NEEDED: Volunteers to support the United Way’s CHEF Health Initiative at Caswell Elementary School in Ceres and Bret Harte Elementary School in Modesto. The CHEF initiative provides bags of healthy food as well as Nutrition Education Classes for parents and students. Volunteers can help build bags of healthy food on two Fridays a month mid-day and/or assist teachers in providing nutrition education at one of our Nutrition Education Workshops.

CONTACT: Cory Brown, 209-523-4562,