April 14, 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.
Greater Burlington YMCA – “Healthy Kids Day,” encourages families to play more, make nutritious food choices, and build stronger family connection. Help with setup, activities and cleanup. April 16, four-hour shifts.
Friends of the Horticulture Farm Perennial Garden Wake Up and Maintenance – Help the Curator tidy up the garden collection by weeding, dividing and staking perennials. April 23 and May 7, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and July 16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., up to 10 volunteers per day. Volunteers can take home a perennial plant.
Women Helping Battered Women – Annual “Zumbathon” fundraiser needs volunteers to setup and clean up. Prizes, snacks, and fun, April 30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) – The COTS Walk, a major fundraiser, needs volunteers to serve as crossing guards and to help with refreshments, hospitality and more. May 1, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
YWCA of Vermont – Help open YWCA Camp Hochelaga in South Hero. Projects include painting, grounds cleanup, putting up tents, general repairs, etc. May 5, 6 and 13, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., about 30 volunteers each day.
Lund Family Center – Spend Mother’s Day volunteering with or honoring your mom at the 3rd annual bike ride. Volunteers are needed for setup on May 7 and for registration, course monitors, parking, lead and trailing bikers, on May 8. May 7, noon to 4 p.m.; May 8, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lake Champlain International – The LCI Walleye Run, a run, walk and kids’ fun run event on Mallets Bay, needs volunteers to help with registration, course directing, parking, refreshments, etc. May 8, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
SUMMER FUN WITH KIDS
Sara Holbrook Community Center needs volunteers to work with kids and teens. Teen Program aides work with youth in grades 6 to 12 at two “drop-in” sites (Sara Holbrook, evenings, and New North End Youth Center, afternoons). Play pool, foosball, and other games. Outdoor enthusiasts needed to join middle-school youth for mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, rafting and more. Must be 18-years-old and able to swim. Weekday afternoons and evenings. Summer camp assistants will swim, run, build sand castles, and go on field trips in a program for elementary school children. Weekday schedules.
Volunteers for the New Arrivals summer program for immigrant and refugee children work one-on-one with children, chaperone field trips and help teachers. Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Interview and background check required for all positions.
DRIVE A MILE, SAVE A LIFE
American Cancer Society’s “Road to Recovery” needs a volunteer to coordinate the transportation program that provides cancer patients with rides to treatment sites. Volunteer receives transportation requests, assigns volunteers, keeps records, and reports problems to staff. Two to four hours per week, orientation and training provided.
Chittenden Community Action is looking for volunteers to post flyers on assigned routes in Burlington, Essex Junction and Winooski on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Flexible scheduling.
Puppets in Education invites volunteers to become part of a statewide educational puppet troupe that reaches children in an innovative way and teaches them to appreciate each other’s differences. Puppet training provided. Hours are flexible: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday schedules.
Burlington Police Department needs volunteers to support citizens impacted by party and social noise by making follow-up phone calls to provide information about community resources and services. A Parallel Justice Volunteer is also needed to collaborate with an existing volunteer to provide clerical and data collection to support follow up phone calls preparation, and help those impacted by crimes such as burglary, vandalism, assault, etc. Orientation and training provided. Background check required for both positions.
Special Services Transportation Agency is seeking volunteer drivers to transport elders to and from medical appointments outside of Chittenden County using their own vehicle. Mileage reimbursement provided. Background check; clean driving record, and up to date insurance required.