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.
THANKSGIVING DAY MEAL
Burlington & Winooski Dismas Houses are inviting individuals or families (up to four) to cook a portion of Thanksgiving dinner and join residents for the meal. This is a great opportunity for individuals who don’t have plans or a small family who wants to share a meal with an appreciative group. There is no training required, just the willingness to cook and share a meal with residents. Nov. 28, noon to 3 or 4 p.m.
HOLIDAY ADOPT A FAMILY
A number of local agencies will be providing holiday gifts of warm clothing, books, bus passes, gift cards, food baskets and more to families and children who are facing poverty and homelessness. A gift to one of these agencies can help make the holidays warm and bright for those in need: Burlington Emergency Shelter; Champlain College Single Parents Program; Fletcher Free Library Books for Children Gift Campaign; Howard Center; Salvation Army; Winooski Family Center and Women Helping Battered Women. Go to http://www.unitedwaycc.org/volunteer/ and click the link under Holiday Opportunities.
A TAXING TIME
Chittenden Community Action and United Way of Chittenden County will be providing tax assistance to low-to-moderate-income Vermonters in order to bring the earned income tax credit and other tax credits to those who are entitled to them. VITA Volunteer tax preparers can serve at a variety of sites, including workplaces, to provide this service from early February through early April. No experience is necessary, but volunteers must become IRS certified and pass the IRS test. Free training is provided in January. Greeters are also needed at some sites to welcome people, provide paperwork and discuss financial opportunities, if appropriate.
BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS
Vermont Adult Learning is looking for a volunteer to help new Americans become familiar with computers including Internet navigation and Microsoft Word. Flexible weekly scheduling in on-site computer lab. References and background check required.
DELIVER A MEAL, BRING A SMILE
Winooski Community Services Department needs volunteers to help combat senior hunger by packing and/or delivering meals, performing safety checks and chatting with senior clients. Volunteers should have a reliable car and valid driver’s license and be able to devote 1 1/4 hours once a week between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. for a miniumum of two months. Background check required.
Railroad Avenue Recess is looking for volunteer conductors for their Essex Junction Train Hop. Volunteers greet the public, punch tickets, answer questions and make visitors feel welcome in the community. Dec. 4, 6-8 p.m.
A FRIENDLY GREETING
American Red Cross Blood Services is looking for volunteers to answer phones and greet donors and other visitors. Clerical and customer service experience would be helpful. Two three-hour shifts per week. Flexible scheduling.
CANDY CANE LAND
Burlington Parks & Recreation is sponsoring its annual Candy Cane Land event for children on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Miller Community Recreation Center. Volunteers are needed to help with candy cane crafts, cookie decorating, parking cars, circulating as costumed characters, etc. Have lots of fun and help benefit the department’s scholarship program. 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Greater Burlington YMCA is in need of a volunteer to help with organizing and nurturing playgroups. Tasks include setting up and taking down play areas, engaging with children and caregivers and modeling appropriate adult/child interactions. Cultural sensitivity toward new Americans and non-English speaking caregivers is needed. References and background check required. Weekly scheduling.
BE A BUDDY
HomeShare Vermont is seeking a companion for a man in his 30s with mild development disability. The gentleman is smart, talkative, loves animals and would enjoy having a friend to take him on occasional outings such as community or sporting events, a short hike, lunch or a scenic drive. References and background check required. Flexible scheduling.
Cathedral Square Corporation is looking for a group discussion leader for 8-12 Heineberg senior residents. Topics can range from elder law to cooking for one. Preferable time is Fridays from 1-2 p.m.
JOIN THE SNOW SQUAD
Residents of Holy Cross Senior Housing in Colchester are in need of volunteers to clear off their cars after snowstorms. A great group activity.