Volunteers, here's opportunity to help in the Valley

FresnoNovember 22, 2013 

At the holidays, we're reminded to show our gratitude for what we have by helping others less fortunate than ourselves. Many area organizations need volunteers during this special season — and throughout the year.

The Bee compiled a list of some central San Joaquin Valley organizations that are seeking volunteers. Give them a call and let them know you're willing to help.

(All numbers are in the 559 area code unless otherwise noted.)

Holiday volunteers

Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County: Help with gift wrapping, Christmas parties, and help children make presents for someone special. Details: 266-3117, joannec@bgclubfc.org.


Fresno EOC Sanctuary and Youth Services: Help with Making Spirits Bright event for Bakman Elementary School in Fresno. Help stuff stockings through Dec. 3, trim Christmas trees and decorate the school cafeteria 3-7 p.m. Dec. 6. Entertainers, such as carolers, storytellers, piano player, and cultural dancers or musicians are also needed 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 7. Christmas tree LED lights are needed. Details: 498-8543, ext. 103, joe.martinez@fresnoeoc.org, fresnoeoc.org.

Fresno/Calwa Community Outreach/Bread of Life: Help with Community Toy Drive noon Dec. 7 through 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at 4969 E. Kings Canyon Road. Volunteers can help wrap gifts during a community wrapping party 8 a.m.-noon Dec. 22 and distribute at noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Mosqueda Center, 4670 N. Butler Ave. Also help serve, work and clean up at the Holiday Homeless Dinner for Thanksgiving 3-6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Christmas Dinner Dec. 18 at Roeding Park in the Umbrella Grove area at 894 W. Belmont Ave. Details: 283-1869, 241-0271.

Meux Home Museum: Help with Christmas decorations 9 a.m.-noon today at 1007 R St. Details: 977-5767.

Millbrook Church: Help serve and prepare Thanksgiving dinner 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday at 3620 N. Millbrook. Details: 227-5355.

Year-round volunteers

Assistance League of Fresno: Help work three-hour shifts Wednesday-Saturday, stocking and pricing at the AL Thrift Shop, 4771 N. Blackstone Ave. Details: 349-0220.


Central California Blood Center: Help work in one of the Fresno-area donor centers, maintaining the canteen and assisting/observing donors following their blood donation. Also, help on mobile drives to assist with guiding donors through the donation process. Volunteers must be at least 17 years of age. Details: 389-5446, jlovejoy@donateblood.org.

Happy Trails Riding Academy: Help sign up riding sessions, which last for 12 weeks at a time and work with therapists and instructors. Volunteers must attend an orientation. Details: 688-8685, shannon@wearehappytrails.com.

Highway City Community Development: Volunteer at an After School Program with tutoring, arts/crafts instructor or games orchestrator. Also help at the Highway City Thrift Store, must be 16 years of age. Details: 271-8869.

Holy Family Table: The soup kitchen is open for breakfast 8-9:30 a.m. daily and needs volunteers ages 18 and older. Details: 674-5239.

Feral Paws Rescue Group Cat Adoption Center: Help with moping, brushing the cats, wiping down the cat trees and help put up supplies. Details: 412-7226, www.feral-paws-rescue.com, www.feralpawsrescuegroup.org.

Fresno County Library: Volunteer as a veterans' benefit coach. Help veterans and their families get state and federal benefits. Must be 18 years of age, have an interview, pass on-line course, commit to a two hour shift weekly for a year. Details: 600-9230, elizabeth.finkle@fresnolibrary.org.

Fresno County Library in Partnership with the United Way: Assist low income families in preparing and submitting their tax returns. Must be 18 years of age, be available every Saturday in January to attend all-day trainings. Volunteer service at the Central Library February to mid-April 2014 every Saturday. Details: elizabeth.finkle@fresnolibrary.org.

Fresno Rescue Mission Ministries: Help with individual and group opportunities. Volunteers must attend an orientation meeting. Details: 268-1317, www.fresnorm.org.

Jensen River Ranch, River Stewards Day: Volunteers are needed to plant native trees and shrubs on the 167 acre property located off the Woodward Bluffs. Details: 248-8480, ext. 211.

Millbrook Church: Help with serving and cooking dinner 3:30-7 p.m. every Friday. Also help at the Thrift store with stocking and hanging clothing. Details: 227-5355.

Saint Agnes Medical Center: Assist visitors including escorting and greeting patients, answer patient calls and help in the gift shop. Volunteers should commit at least three hours every other week for a minimum one year commitment. Applicants will participate in an orientation and training in their service area. Details: 450-3521.

Saint Agnes Holy Cross Center for Women: Help with projects, receptionist and clerical duties, caring for children, teaching programs and assisting with a variety of activities on an as-needed basis. Details: 237-3379.

Saint Agnes Home Health and Hospice: Provide caregiver relief and help terminally ill patients. Must be 18 years of age and complete 18-20 hours of training, Details: 450-5623.

Tally Ho Riding Academy in Clovis: Help care for the horses, barn chores, leading/side walking the horse with the students. Hours are negotiable. Details: 323-9046.

The Friends of the Gillis Library: Help set up a book sale, sort boxes by category and displaying them 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 25-27. Volunteers are also needed for the sale 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 4-6. Details: 227-1172.

The Shinzen Garden in Woodward Park: Help every 3rd Saturday of the month from 8:30 a.m.-noon with raking, sweeping, plant and transplanting, and with special events in the garden. Details: 840-1264, www.shinzenjapanesegarden.org.

Veterans Memorial Museum: Seeking former military personnel to help two or more days a week. The hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on the days of the volunteers choosing. Details: 498-0510.

Warnors Center for the Performing Arts: Volunteers are needed to give Theatre Tour Guides, ticket taking, concessions, ushers and work in the box office. Must be at least 16 years of age. Details: 264-2848, chell.swift@gmail.com.

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