Around Town, July 31, 2014

Cellphones for seniors

The Merced County Area Agency on Aging is requesting donations of unneeded cellphones for distribution to Merced County seniors 60 and older. Seniors will be able to call 911 for emergency assistance only. Phones should have a charging unit and a battery that will hold a charge. For more information, call (209) 385-7550.

New Beginnings Merced

New Beginnings Merced is a nonprofit dedicated to saving shelter animals and finding them new homes. The group needs volunteers, especially those who can care for kittens or dogs and their puppies for a short time. Help with photographing shelter animals is needed, as are people who can transport them to rescue organizations, for which no personal vehicles are needed. For more information, call (209) 769-2122.

Eyeglasses needed

The Merced Breakfast Lions Club maintains a series of drop-off locations for used and new prescription eyeglasses or hearing aids. Items can be dropped off at the offices of Dr. David Baba, 3178 Collins Drive; Dr. Paul Smith, 840 W. Olive Ave., Suite 103; or Drs. Matthew and Jeffrey Lee, 708 W. 20th St., Suite A. Items also can be dropped off at Save Mart, 150 W. Olive Ave.; and the optical department at Costco, 1445 R St. For more information, email or go to

Volunteer at air museum

The Castle Air Museum Foundation is a nonprofit organization with opportunities for students, volunteers and others. For information on hours of operation, special events, volunteering and guided tours for schools or clubs, call (209) 723-2178.

Atwater VFW Club Hall

The Atwater VFW Club Hall is available for rent to the public for parties. It holds 150 people and has a full-service kitchen. For more information, call (209) 358-7224.

Pregnant women shelter

JMJ Maternity Homes, a faith-based 501(c)3, provides homeless pregnant women with shelter, resources and support services in a nurturing Christian environment. Maternity and resident programs provide shelter and support services to facilitate prenatal and postpartum health, counseling, case management, food, clothing and more. For more information, call (209) 769-7092 or email

Take Off Pounds Sensibly

Take Off Pounds Sensibly Chapter 1781 meets at 8:30 Thursday mornings at the Atwater Community Center, 760 E Bellevue Road. For more information, call (209) 357-7677.

Atwater VFW

Atwater’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9946 has been serving the needs of veterans and their families for more than 62 years and welcomes any veteran whose service included combat or combat operations. We serve our veterans and our city through several programs. The post can assist veterans in receiving benefits connected to their service. The VFW is located at 1390 Broadway Ave. For more information, call (209) 358-7224.

Legal help for tenants

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

NAMI meetings

Merced County’s branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness holds biweekly support groups for families affected by serious mental illness. For more information, call (209) 381-6844 and a volunteer will contact you within 48 hours.