The listings below are a small sample of needs from more than 200 agencies, available by going online to www.unitedwaycc.org and clicking on “Volunteer.” If you do not have computer access, or would like more information about the volunteer opportunities, call 860-1677 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
January is National Mentoring Month and there are many opportunities for caring volunteers to serve as mentors to those who will benefit from some one-on-one support. Research shows that youth with mentors are much less likely to use drugs and alcohol or to skip school. Be a mentor!
The United Way Volunteer Center’s RSVP and FGP programs have three mentoring programs designed for volunteers 55 and older. FGP volunteers share their warmth and encouragement by helping teachers in a classroom 15 or more hours per week in Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle or Washington counties and receive a tax-free stipend.
RSVP School Buddies help school-age children identified by teachers as needing extra help in reading, math, spelling or other areas and serve at least one hour per week.
RSVP Read To Me volunteers share the wonder of books with children in nonprofit child care centers and preschools for at least one hour per week. References and background checks required.
The Green Mountain Club in Waterbury Center needs your help. Come enjoy a unique opportunity to shake away your winter blahs by volunteering to lead hikes and workshops, direct cars, sell tickets, staff the food concession and help with set-up and clean-up. Saturday, Feb. 5, three-hour shifts between 8 a.m. and 3p.m.
VERMONT FAMILY NETWORK
The Vermont Family Network has many volunteer opportunities for community members who want to support the network’s Parent Information & Resource Center, or PIRC.
• Parent Workshop Facilitators lead workshops in parenting skills and strategies, approximately four hours per month.
• Community Resource Parent Volunteers help families navigate school systems with children who have IEPs, approximately four hours per month.
• Table Volunteers represent PIRC at statewide conferences, fairs and workshops, approximately four hours per month.
• Communications, Proofreading and Editing volunteers are needed to help with newsletter and other publications, website and social media. Minimum of two hours per month.
• Fund-raising and Event Volunteers are needed to help with planning, advertising, organizing materials and setting up for events. Hours vary.
All positions require an application, interview and references; training is provided.
JUSTICE FOR ALL
The Burlington Police Department needs a volunteer to provide clerical support for the Parallel Justice program, which offers validation and resource support to persons impacted by crime. The volunteer will collaborate with another volunteer to provide clerical and data collection support and make follow-up phone calls to crime victims. Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Training and ongoing support provided. Background check required.
PACE Vermont is seeking a volunteer to work with the human resources department to help develop communication strategies, develop orientation materials, develop reports using Access and help with an employee satisfaction survey. Prefer HR background. Weekday mornings, flexible as to exact schedule. Background check required.
ReSOURCE is seeking a “computer stripper” to help the ITM team strip old computers in order to recycle parts. Four- to eight-hour shift per week, can be scheduled during Monday through Wednesday afternoons or Thursday through Saturday days. Volunteers must be able to lift and carry 10 pounds, work by themselves and listen to and follow directions. Background check required.