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Hidden homeless caves found dug into Tuolumne River bank in Modesto

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Hidden homeless caves tucked along the Tuolumne River were cleared out by volunteer groups and the Modesto Police Department over the weekend.

Volunteers from Operation 9-2-99 and the Tuolumne River Trust partnered with the Modesto Police Department to clear out 7,600 pounds of trash. They also had two truckloads and a trailer of garbage that were removed from the area.

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Volunteers sought for annual homeless count

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Every winter volunteers scour Turlock helping officials to get a physical census of the number of homeless individuals and families in the city as part of a countywide point-in-time count.

The annual count data helps determine the scope of homelessness in each city and the county as a whole, define existing resources, and identify any gaps in services. The Stanislaus Community System of Care, which oversees the count, is looking for a few hundred local volunteers to aid in this effort.

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Turlock rescue comes to the aid of abandoned dogs

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Forty dogs that were abandoned in a Gustine orchard will in a matter of weeks be ready to move into new homes thanks to the efforts of a Turlock-based rescue group and several volunteer groomers called into action.

The dogs, a mix of poodles, cocker spaniels, Doodles, Schmoodles and one Afghan, were abandoned last week out on Eastin Road.

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Showing Turlock the Love

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A group of local broistas (the term for those who serve coffee and other drinks at Dutch Bros Coffee) put down their coffee beans and blenders on Saturday and picked up paint brushes to renovate a home on Vermont Avenue that is used by the We Care Program of Turlock as transitioning housing for those who were homeless.

They were just a few of the approximately 500 volunteers who dispersed across town to do good on Saturday as part of the Love Turlock event.

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Modesto-area homeless count needs 250 volunteers to help with next one in late January

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Organizers of the annual count of homeless people in Stanislaus County and its nine cities are looking for 250 volunteers to help with the latest effort, which takes place Jan. 26.

Volunteers will undergo training and work with members of the county’s homeless outreach and engagement team in having homeless people complete surveys. Volunteers also will hand care packages to the people they survey.

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Turlock Community Gardens a Labor of Love

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Half a mile from Stanislaus State, the Turlock Community Gardens serves as a public park and a congregation for local growers that has been built on the backs of hard-working volunteers.

Two Stan State graduates who serve as members of the garden’s board of directors, President Melissa Been and Composting Committee Chair, Hector Vera, shared how they came to be involved in the project, their advice for novice gardeners, and their future goals.

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Local volunteers to host special prom night for Turlock youth

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A group of volunteers is looking to provide local students who have special needs with an opportunity to experience their very own prom night, specifically tailored to their needs.

Prom with a Purpose: A Special Needs Prom will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 2 at the Calvary Church gymnasium in Turlock. Attendees and their registered guests will be treated to a meal, a live DJ, a photo booth, and can have professional photos taken.

The event is free for local special needs teens and young adults and their guests. Guests may include parents, legal guardians, or other caretakers for the student that may be necessary. To further accommodate participating students, a multi-sensory safe room will be available at the venue for those who may become overwhelmed by noise, lights, crowds or other occurrences. There will also be medical and security personnel on-site.

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Volunteers Help Keep Stanislaus River Clean

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A day at one of Stanislaus County’s rivers or parks has become a popular way for Valley residents to escape the exhaustion of the virtual world, but with the large amount of new visitors, there are large amounts of new pollution being left behind. This trash often consists of old fishing gear and bait containers, empty alcohol containers, and strangely enough clothes either left behind or forgotten. 

Littering is harmful to the people who use the river, the wildlife inhabiting the river, and powerfully deters tourism, which companies like Sunshine Rafting rely on each year. Stanislaus County provides tools on how to limit your own waste, and provides useful information on some of the repercussions we are forced to deal with as a result of some people’s laziness. 

However, littering is still happening, and it won't be the squirrels who will end up having to clean up after people who can’t be helped to take their trash with them. Unbeknownst to most, there are individuals protecting these local getaways from the injustices of pollution caused by litterbugs.

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Grant funding to financially support undergrad volunteers

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Students attending the Valley’s two public universities will now be able to earn money for college by giving back to their communities through a new pilot initiative.

Stanislaus State and University of California, Merced, are two of eight colleges to take part in the Civic Action Fellowship — grant funding unveiled by California Volunteers on Monday that allows students to sign up as Americorps Fellows and commit to community service tailored toward their curriculum. The first-in-the-nation program utilizes a combination of federal and state funding and will award students up to $10,000 to put toward their education in exchange for one semester working with a local nonprofit or government office.

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