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Involvement Opportunities

May 24, 1999

California AIDS Ride needs cyclists to pedal 560 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles from June 6 to 12. Averaging about 80 miles a day, riders will raise more than $8 million for services for people with HIV/AIDS, the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Web site: http://www.AIDSRIDE.org. Information: (415) 908-0400.

* San Clemente Hospital & Medical Center's auxiliary is seeking volunteers as patient companions, patient ambulators, in the gift shop, in medical records and in outpatient physical therapy. Emergency department and patient services opportunities are also available on weekends. Information: (949) 496-1122.

* Muscular Dystrophy Assn. needs people to volunteer Aug. 1 to 7 as counselors at the MDA summer camp in Wrightwood. Counselors must be at least 16 and able to lift a child. They will be asked to push wheelchairs, assist with grooming, dressing and feeding, and help kids participate in activities such as swimming, horseback riding, arts and crafts and canoeing. Information: (800) 572-1717.

* Kaiser Permanente Metropolitan Los Angeles Hospice needs volunteers to assist terminally ill people and their families. Training starts June 16. Information: (323) 783-7416.

* San Gabriel Valley Medical Center in San Gabriel needs volunteers for a number of jobs, including gardening and grounds maintenance. All ages and ethnicities are welcome. Information: (626) 570-6533.

* Cancer Institute of Simi Valley Hospital & Health Care Services and the American Cancer Society need volunteers to help with the "I Care" program. It's designed to provide a compassionate presence for patients who are facing terminal cancer. A 16-hour training program is provided. Information: (805) 522-4444.

* Share Ourselves Free Medical and Dental Clinic in Costa Mesa needs Spanish-speaking volunteers, including medical and dental volunteers to provide care for Orange County residents. A six-month commitment, three hours a week, is required. Volunteers must be 18 or older. Information: Diane Stelling, (949) 650-0186, Ext. 23.

* Country Villa Mar Vista nursing home needs volunteers to run group activities such as arts and crafts, cooking and games. Information: Barbara Schultz, (310) 397-2372.

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Information for this column should be submitted typed and double-spaced to Involvement Opportunities, Health, Los Angeles Times, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles, CA 90053.

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