The listings below are a small sample of the more than 300 volunteer needs from more than 250 agencies online at www.unitedwaycc.org. If you do not have computer access, or would like information about the volunteer opportunities below, call 860-1677.
MERCY CONNECTIONS and VERMONT WORKS FOR WOMEN
Volunteers are needed to help support women making the transition from correctional facilities to Chittenden County.
Mentors can help women find suitable and affordable housing and employment and rebuild their lives. Volunteers can also help with short-term assistance such as transportation. Fall training session for mentors begins Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m. References and background check required.
Volunteers are needed to tutor young adults in reading, language, math, etc. Volunteers can answer questions, explain assignments and help students complete their work. Friday afternoons, from 1:15-3:15. Background check required.
H.O.P.E. Works is seeking volunteers to train and serve as enthusiasts with a goal of ending sexual violence in the community. Volunteers have no formal obligations once they have finished training, but are equipped with the knowledge and certification to challenge and change attitudes and behaviors among peers. Volunteers receive Vermont certification as crisis workers upon completion of training. Feb. 9, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. $25 registration fee.
PROGRAM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The Burundian American Association of Vermont is looking for a program manager to help its members receive power skills through training and to help with community development. The goal is to create more collaboration and to help Burundian children learn their parents’ history and cultural background. Volunteers can also help teach reading and writing skills, teach driver education, help with the naturalization process, etc. Flexible scheduling.
‘BOBBER BOBS’ NEEDED
Lake Champlain International is looking for volunteers to don the Bobber Bob costume and motivate kids to engage in outdoor activities. Spend an hour or so dancing and waving at intersections around the county.
Volunteers should have an available truck, minivan or SUV to fit the costume and should have a nearby friend to insure safety at intersections.
The organization is also looking for a professional graphic designer and pollution prevention awareness enthusiasts to leave information at neighborhood homes and chat with folks about the importance of certifying their homes as watershed-friendly. Flexible scheduling for all opportunities.
Howard Center – Child, Youth & Family Services is seeking a professional volunteer facilitator for a two to three month period this spring to plan, implement and summarize a series of focus groups for Community Friends Mentoring participants. Volunteers should have experience as a group facilitator for adults and youth and as a project planner. Flexible weekly scheduling.
Sara Holbrook Community Center needs volunteers to work one-on-one with students who need some tutoring in reading, writing, math, history and/or science. Flexible after-school scheduling, two-hour shifts. References and background check required.