Modesto-area volunteer opportunities

Volunteers are needed by several groups in and around Modesto. Call the Volunteer Center of United Way, 209-524-1307, or email


NEEDED: Volunteers age 16 and older on the first day of each relay to register walkers and teams, assist with the sales and set up luminaries and help with other activities, and on Sunday to assist with clean up at all sites. Relay for Life brings together more than 3.5 million people to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost to the disease and fight back against it. Relay for Life event dates start in April and go through September throughout locations in Stanislaus, San Joaquin, and Merced County. Visit to find dates and locations.

CONTACT: Jasmyne Landry,, 209-524-7241


NEEDED: Volunteers of all ages are invited to take part this year in family-friendly projects in Modesto and throughout Stanislaus County on April 23. More than 100 projects provide various opportunities, including offering food to the hungry, visiting senior adults, building a home for a family in need, delivering baked goods to public servants, cleaning a park and donating blood. Festivities will begin at 8 a.m. with free food and refreshments in front of the Gallo Center for the Arts on I and 10th streets. Love Modesto works with organizations such as Delta Blood Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Modesto Schools, World Relief, Without Permission and many others.

CONTACT: Jeff Pishney, 209-566-9343,,


NEEDED: Volunteers of all ages are needed May 6 and 7 to help during this community-organized bike ride. The funds from the ride go to nonprofits that help encourage their motto Be Active, Eat Healthy, Live Better. Beneficiaries in 2016 include: El Concilio Binational Health Fair, Teens Run Modesto, Boys & Girls Club of Stanislaus County and others. Opportunities include setting up supplies, helping with check-in, loading and unloading supplies. Other shifts will be scheduled to help serve food, greet riders and hand out medals. Youth volunteers will need a waiver signed by an adult. This event will take place at Johansen High School on Claus Road in Modesto.

CONTACT: Susan Dion,,


NEEDED: Volunteers 14 and older on May 20 at annual Special Needs Prom. Opportunities include helping at the registration desk, decorating, set-up and cleanup. This event is formal attire and all volunteers will be served food. Set-up volunteers will need to arrive at 9:30 a.m. and volunteer hosts at 5 p.m. Event located at 801 Stewart Road, Modesto. Visit to register.

CONTACT: Matthew Tilford, 209-524-3536,


NEEDED: Volunteers 18 and older and registered California voters are needed to serve as Poll Workers on June 7 for the presidential primary election. Bilingual and “on-call” poll workers are also needed. Poll workers help set up the voter precinct, maintain ballot security, voting equipment, and assist voters as necessary. Poll workers will receive a $95 stipend for their time and commitment, which includes serving 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Election Day and a mandatory two- to three-hour training class. Training classes in Modesto, Oakdale, Salida and Turlock are offered between May 17 and May 28.

CONTACT: Poll worker coordinator, (209) 525-5233,,


NEEDED: Volunteers on June 11 to act as disaster victims displaced from their homes. Volunteers will go through the sheltering process and be given scenario scripts to act out that include health issues and other challenges often encountered in a shelter environment to provide exercise training participants with “real world” experience. Adults and families with accompanyed minors are invited to participate for this two hour event.

CONTACT: Aaron Wilson, 209-558-8332,


NEEDED: Volunteers 25 and older who are willing to commit to working two 3.5-hour shifts per month for at least one year for the Service League volunteer program. All Volunteers will receive a 25-hour training orientation in the areas of service selected. Prospective volunteers must be dependable, organized, work well with people, complete the application process and pass a background check.

CONTACT: Sandi O’Neill, 209-342-3124 or


NEEDED: Volunteers are needed 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 and/or assist teachers in providing nutrition education on one Saturday a month.

CONTACT: Cory Brown, 209-523-4562,


NEEDED: Volunteers ages 18 and older to help reduce the amount of wasted home-grown fruit and produce while increasing access to low-income families through the Gleaning & Gathering program. This program helps supply fresh produce to the Feed Modesto Food Pantry and Free Mobile Farmers Market at Interfaith Ministries. Individuals and groups are needed to help harvest produce, which is donated by residents throughout Stanislaus County. Times available are 9 a.m.-noon and typically there is only one to three days’ notice of dates when volunteers are needed. Travel is provided by the agency. Tools are provided. Bring your own lunch and water. You must be physically able to stand, stoop, lift and carry heavy items.

CONTACT: Naomi Pulido,, 209-572-3117.



NEEDED: Volunteers 22 and older for the STARS program. STARS citizen volunteers assist the Sheriff’s Department in many roles including patrolling the county, court security, jail assistance, vacation house checks, neighborhood watch and more. Must be able to commit to at least 10 hours a month, pass an oral board and pass a background investigation.

CONTACT: Deputy Del Nero, 209-558-8930