Lend A Hand: Volunteer opportunities in the Modesto region

Call the Volunteer Center of United Way at (209) 524-1307, email or visit

Ongoing volunteer positions


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. All volunteers must have a valid driver’s license and insurance, be available at least once 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 21 and older are needed to become an advocate for a foster child. Advocates are the voice of a foster child during court proceedings, conduct case fact finding and produce a court report for court hearings based on what is in the best interest of the child. Interested individuals are invited to attend an orientation at 6 p.m. Sept. 29 in downtown Modesto. Training sessions will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 15 through Dec. 1. Volunteers must complete initial and ongoing training, attend daytime court hearings, maintain strict confidentiality, be computer literate with access to email, pass a fingerprint background check, possess a valid California driver’s license, have access to vehicle, show proof of insurance and commit to volunteering a minimum of 18 months. Bilingual individuals are especially encouraged to volunteer. CASA of Stanislaus County’s mission is to provide quality advocacy services for all abused and neglected children in the foster care system through the use of trained volunteers. For orientation location or more information call or email. For more information on the CASA program see

CONTACT: Cindy Julsgard,, (209) 548-6320



NEEDED: Volunteers 18 and older are needed weekdays to help provide food and clothing to needy individuals and families. Warehouse volunteers pick up, receive, sort and distribute food to clients; food pantry volunteers interview clients, offer support and referrals, bag grocery order and stock shelves; and clothes closet volunteers sort clothing and assist in the community clothes closet. Volunteers are needed 8:30 to 4:30 Mondays through Fridays, depending on the volunteer position. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age or 16 to 17 years with an adult and be able to lift at least 25 to 40 pounds, depending upon the position.

CONTACT: Shawna Teague, (209) 572-3117,



NEEDED: Volunteers 18 years and older are needed to tutor adults in earning their GED. Tutors assist instructors by providing one-on-one tutoring in adult basic education, math, reading, writing, science and social studies. New tutors are asked to fill out a volunteer application to assess their skills and interest. Once the results are submitted, tutors will be matched according to their strengths and availability. Opportunities are available in Modesto, Turlock, Patterson and Oakdale. Volunteers 16-17 are also welcome with parent permission.

CONTACT: Natalie Melton, (209) 558-4505,


NEEDED: Volunteers 12 and older to be active in their community over the summer by helping reduce the amount of wasted fruit and increase access of fresh produce to low-income families in our area through gleaning. Individuals or groups are needed to help pick fruit at harvest events in the mornings from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays or Saturdays to be scheduled throughout the summer months.

CONTACT: Rhonda Dahlgren,, (209) 523-1476


NEEDED: Volunteers, ages 14 years and older, on an ongoing basis to assist with child-care supervision and participating in fun, creative activities with the children while parents are attending class on site. Play games, sing songs and help children increase their developmental skills. Volunteers need to commit to two hours per week. Volunteers must have a current TB clearance and a background check for individuals 18 years and older.

CONTACT: Debbie Root,, (209) 549-8193


NEEDED: College students to volunteer as outreach and education specialists, whose tasks will be to raise college students’ awareness of California’s new health exchange, Covered California. Working alongside United Way staff, volunteers will assist in planning outreach activities, attend community events and conduct presentations. Volunteers must pass a background check, pass the outreach and education training with an 80 percent or higher grade, be reliable and on time, have reliable transportation, be able to lift and carry up to 30 pounds and must be able to be outside. Stipends are available.

CONTACT : Estrella Garcia,, (209) 523-4562



NEEDED: Volunteers 13 and older are needed for outreach programs and to assist at clinics. First Tee impacts lives of area youth by providing programs to ensure character development and the mastery of life skills through instruction in the game of golf. Volunteers are not required to be golfers. Volunteers play a key role in creating positive relationships that inspire young people to become confident, responsible citizens. Ten-week sessions are held spring, summer and fall at Modesto Municipal Golf Course, Monday through Thursday afternoons and on Saturday mornings.

CONTACT: Cathy Mendoza,, (209) 485-3915