Feb. 24, 2011
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.
PROVIDING TLC (Talking, Listening, Caring)
RSVP of Chittenden County is looking for caring, compassionate volunteers, age 55 and over, to telephone homebound or isolated seniors in Chittenden County 1-2 times per week. Help provide social connection and reassurance so that elders can stay in their own homes as long as possible, flexible weekday scheduling.
A DRIVING NEED
The Salvation Army needs a driver to transport children from school to their afterschool program, and then home. Must be able to drive a 12-passenger van, pass the Salvation Army driver test, have a clean driving record and pass a background check. Weekdays or Saturdays, about 2 ½ hours per shift.
KICK & PUNCH
Sara Holbrook Community Center is looking for a dynamic volunteer to teach children the art of Taekwondo in their after-school program. Experience managing children a must, 1 ½ hour shifts on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday afternoons. References and background check required.
A SENSE OF TOUCH
Lund Family Center is seeking volunteers who like arts and crafts projects to help create Tactile Boards to provide sensory stimulation for young children. The boards can be made at home with volunteers’ own materials (plywood or bulletin cork board, glue or staples, and materials of various textures such as sandpaper, felt, sponge, objects with bristles, etc.).
Cradle to Grave Arts needs a bookkeeper to set up a shared accounting system, reconcile checking accounts, and prepare materials for the tax preparer. Basic bookkeeping skills, plus the ability to set up and maintain an online bookkeeping system to track of income and expenses are needed. Work can be done from home.
ON THE BOARD
Essex CHIPS and Teen Center is seeking adults with connections to Essex, Essex Junction, and/or Westford to serve on their youth/adult board. Board members are expected to become familiar with the organization’s mission, goals, programs, finances, etc., and be willing to dedicate about four hours a month to board and committee work. The board meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Hunger Free Vermont needs volunteer Nutrition Educators to guide their Learning Kitchen participants through the lessons and activities in a prepared curriculum. Some background in food and nutrition is required. Flexible weekday and evening scheduling, opportunities are statewide. Chefs and cooks are also needed to work with the nutrition educator to guide a group of 8-15 participants through the preparation of nutritious recipes. Cooking experience is required and there is a 6-week commitment (2 ½ hours per week). Volunteers are also needed to divide bulk flour and spices to give to each participant in the Learning Kitchen. Flexible scheduling, one hour per session.
OFFICE SKILLS NEEDED
A number of local groups need volunteer office help to continue their vital community services:
- American Red Cross needs a volunteer to do computer data entry including transferring names, dates, and other donor information from a spreadsheet, about 20 hours a week for two to three weeks.
- ReSOURCE: A Customer Assistant will greet customers, check receipts, and help customers if staff is unavailable. Four- to eight-hour shifts, weekdays or Saturdays.
- Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) needs a front desk receptionist to welcome guests, answer phones, help with mailings, etc. Volunteers should be able to commit to at least one shift per week (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.).
- Essex CHIPS & Teen Center needs an office assistant to provide support to staff including mailings, data entry, recordkeeping and general office tasks. Flexible scheduling, one- to three-hour shifts.
- Jericho Town Library: Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of tasks such as covering books, checking and shelving books, preparing story time themes/crafts, helping at workshops, sorting donated books, etc. Flexible scheduling, at least two hours per week.