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.)
Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County: Help with gift wrapping, Christmas parties, and help children make presents for someone special. Details: 266-3117, firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.com, 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.