Lend a Hand: Volunteer opportunities in the Modesto region

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

Volunteers needed for special events


NEEDED: Volunteers 18 and older who are also registered California voters are needed Nov. 4 to serve as Stanislaus County election officers at the polls. Election officers set up the voter precinct, maintain ballot security, voting equipment and assist voters as necessary. Bilingual and “on call” election officers are also needed. Election officers receive a $95 stipend for their time and commitment, which includes 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Election Day and a mandatory training class. Training provides an overview of the Election Day process and provides hands-on equipment instruction to ensure accurate setup and operation of the voting equipment. Training classes in Modesto, Oakdale and Turlock are offered Tuesday-Oct. 25. Visit

CONTACT: Registrar of Voters, (209) 525-5233; or

Ongoing volunteer positions


NEEDED: Volunteers age 14 years and older can gain retail experience while they cashier, sort, price and steam merchandise and set up displays. Volunteers are need four hours per week with flexible day and evening shifts 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. Donations of new or gently used items such as costume and fine jewelry, clothing, art, antiques or collectables also are needed.

CONTACT: Pat Dickerson, (209) 544-9279


NEEDED: Adult volunteers are needed as long-term care ombudsmen: champions for seniors living in care homes. Volunteers advocate for the quality of life and quality of care on behalf of residents in the long-term care facilities. All volunteers receive a 36-hour training course, are certified by the California Department of Aging and receive guidance from trained volunteer staff. Volunteers must be at least 18 and commit to volunteering at least 15 flexible hours per month. The next orientation training will be held on Thursday from 4:30 to 5 p.m. The ombudsman five-day training will be held on Nov. 4, 6, 7, 13 and 14 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

CONTACT: Melissa Flaherty, (209) 593-6117,


NEEDED: Volunteers 18 and older are needed for opportunities including filing, data entry, senior meals intake and driving for the Meals on Wheels program. All volunteers must fill out an application and pass a background check. Hours to be determined. Howard Training Center works with adults and children with disabilities.

CONTACT: Geri Lewis, (209) 593-5618,



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. Clean-up days are one Saturday a month: Nov. 15 and Dec.13. Individuals and groups are encouraged to volunteer and asked to bring gloves, water, hat and sunscreen.

CONTACT: Chris Guptill,


NEEDED: Volunteers age 14 and older are needed on an ongoing basis to assist with child-care supervision during fun, creative activities while parents are attending class onsite. 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,