Around Town (11-28-13)

Shelter in need of supplies

ATWATER – The D Street Homeless Shelter is in need of some basic hygiene supplies such as shampoo, conditioner, small bars of soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and general hygiene items. Small and travel sizes work best. For more information or to arrange a delivery time call Renee Mounce at (209) 725-8188 or (209) 947-8386.

Rescue Mission holiday dinner

Merced County’s Rescue Mission will host a traditional “Holiday Dinner,” without charge, on both Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, to those in need (men, women, and children). They will also be distributing clothes and toys. Help them reach their goal and feed 3,000 Merced County residents. Drop items off from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, at the mission. Volunteer to serve, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Nov. 28, at the American Legion Hall at 939 W. Main Street in Merced and/or from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Dec. 24, same location. Call (209) 722-9269.

Free legal advice

Central California Legal Services offers legal advice and representation to eligible individuals involved in tenant rights and homeless issues, Social Security and SSI disability claims, CalWorks, Medi-Cal, unemployment, and CalFresh (food stamp) cases and much more. This is available to low-income people at no cost. Call (209) 723-5466 or go to 1640 N St., Suite 200 in Merced.

Maternity home offers aid

JMJ Maternity Homes, a faith-based nonprofit, provides homeless pregnant women with shelter, resources, and support services in a nurturing Christian environment. Its maternity and resident programs provide shelter and support services to facilitate prenatal and postpartum health, counseling, case management, food, clothing, and more. Call (209) 769-7092 or email for more information.

Castle Air Museum seeks volunteers

The Castle Air Museum Foundation is a nonprofit organization. If you are interested in the hours of operation, special events, guided tours for schools or clubs, or if you would like to volunteer, call (209) 723-2178.

Animal shelter group needs help

New Beginnings Merced, an area nonprofit group dedicated to saving shelter animals and finding them new homes, needs volunteers. Especially needed are people who can care for kittens for a few days, or dogs and their new puppies for a short time. Also needed are people to help take photos of shelter animals or to help transport animals to rescue organizations. No personal vehicles are needed for transportation. Call (209) 769-2122.