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To improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of the community.

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Volunteers Opportunities

  • Merced County Food Bank: 209.726.3663
    Sort & bag food, general cleanup, special projects, regular brown bag stuffing.
  • Salvation Army: 209.383.4225
    M-F Breakfast service, Saturday evening dinner, monthly food giveaway.
  • Liberty Fellowship: 209.358.5701
    Food and Clothing giveaway, Veterans Park, Atwater: 3rd Saturday of every month.
  • Merced County Office of Education: 209.726.0198
  • Playhouse Merced: 209-725.8587
    Ushering, special projects
  • Merced County Arts Council: 209.388.1090
  • Habitat for Humanity: 209.728.0850
    Help to build a house once a year.
  • Boys & Girls Club: 209.722.9922
  • Catholic Charities: 209.383.2494
  • “D” St. Homeless Shelter: 725-8188
  • Life House Recovery Homes - 510.472.1183

Ombudsman Volunteers:

  • Receive and investigate complaints on behalf of residents including allegations of abuse and neglect about residents in nursing homes and residential care facilities for the elderly.
  • Visit facilities regularly to discover and resolve problems.
  • Witness Advance Health Care Directives and Property Transfers for residents in skilled nursing facilities.
  • Work with the licensing agencies responsible for long-term facilities to solve problems.
  • Provide information and consultations to families and facility staff.
  • Provide education to community groups.
  • Offer in-service training to facility staff (this is usually done by paid staff)
  • Work with resident and family councils.

Note: The Ombudsman Volunteer must complete 36 hours of classroom training and 10 hours of field work.

Contact: Maria Nava
Program Manager/Certified LTC Ombudsman
(209) 385-7550 Ext. 7468


Your volunteer time can make a world of difference right here in Merced County. Everyday, thousands of individuals dedicate their valuable time, experience, and expertise to organizations that are close to their hearts. When you care adults, children, seniors, teens, and neighborhoods are strengthened and improved.

You can volunteer once for an hour or everyday for an hour. You can help people and organizations in need. Your skills, passions, and dedication can impact our community.

Volunteers are key to United Way's success. If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities please call (209) 383-4242 or click here to email us.


You can also click below to see what opportunities are listing for Merced County. 


The Volunteer Center of United Way connects people with volunteer opportunities, matching the skills, interests and talents of individuals or groups with the needs of community organizations. 

                                                                   Why Volunteer?

     • It Feels Great!
     • Build your résumé for college or career!
     • Develop or Refine Skills!
     • Retired? Share your experience!
     • Make a difference!
     • Meet new people!


For more information about becoming a volunteer, please call the United Way office at
(209) 383-4242 or email

United Way of Merced County, 658 West Main Street, Merced, CA 95340, 209-383-4242 (voice), 209-383-4254 (fax)

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