December 21, 2014

Volunteer Opportunities

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The listings below are a small sample of the more than 300 volunteer needs from more than 250 agencies you can find at www.unitedwaycc.org. For more information, call 860-1677.

RSVP IN EDUCATION

Interested in making a difference in the lives of children? RSVP of Chittenden County can connect you to volunteer opportunities that nourish children’s hearts and minds. Help kids learn and grow—RSVP offers personalized coordination to find rewarding opportunities to make a difference. Whether you want to mentor or tutor, we’ll find a school or mentoring program for you. Volunteers may choose to work with children pre-K to grade 12 who have been identified by teachers as needing supplemental support.

FAMILY FRIEND

Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program needs individuals or families to visit and help refugee families. Provide support, orientation, invitations to meal and outings and serve as a general community resource to these families. Interactions may include grocery shopping, working on English or just doing fun things together. Orientation, introductions and ideas are provided. Ideally, this is a yearlong commitment. References, background check and orientation are required.

FAMILY PLAY

VNA Family Room needs volunteers for the drop-in Family Play program to facilitate play with parents and children, introduce arts and crafts projects, help tutor ESL students or offer their culinary skills to prepare meals for the community of families and children. Tuesday or Thursday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., minimum two-hour shift. It also needs volunteers to support children’s play using its nurturing curriculum as part of a 22-week Strong Families programs on Wednesday mornings. Background check required.

APPLE RAKING

Shelburne Museum has a bumper crop of apples this year and needs help raking the drops, which create walking hazards. Help the museum, get some exercise and glean some apples! Flexible weekday schedule, three hours a week through October.

MENTORS

Connecting Youth needs adult mentors to meet one-on-one with student friends in fifth through eighth grade during the school day. Pairs participate in activities such as games, arts and crafts, sports, cooking and conversations. Opportunities exist in Charlotte, Hinesburg, Shelburne and Williston. Schedule is one hour per week during school sessions. Mentors must be at least 21 and undergo a criminal background check.

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