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 18 and older are needed for a Ladies Night Out fundraiser on Thursday, April 28, from 3 to 10 p.m. Opportunities include greeting guests, helping at the registration table, serving beverages and appetizers, clearing dishes and general cleanup. Volunteers also are needed 9 a.m. to noon for setup on Thursday and then for cleanup from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 29. Volunteers will need to wear black pants and black top with comfortable shoes.

CONTACT: Debbie Root, 209-549.8193,



NEEDED: Volunteers ages 16 and older are needed 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 to assist with cleanup 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 counties. Visit for details.

CONTACT: Jasmyne Landry,, 209-524-7241


NEEDED: Volunteers 16 years and older are needed to spend 90 minutes twice a week increasing students’ basic reading skills. Learning Quest has 35 adults who need volunteer literacy tutors. Orientation 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21; tutor training 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 23 at Learning Quest, 1032 11th St., Modesto. $10 cost for training materials; fee can be waived.

CONTACT: Natalie Melton, 209-558-4505,


NEEDED: Volunteers of all ages are invited to take part this year in family-friendly projects in Modesto and throughout Stanislaus County on Saturday, 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 and 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 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 22 and older are needed 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