October 21, 2014

Volunteer Opportunities

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The listings below are a small sample of more than 350 volunteer needs from more than 250 agencies. To find out more to volunteer, visit www.unitedwaycc.org or call 860-1677.

ADOPT A FAMILY/HOLIDAY GIFTS

A number of local agencies will be providing holiday gifts to needy families and are looking for volunteers to fill many important roles in this process:

Fletcher Free Library

Share the joy of reading by participating in the 23rd annual “Books for Children Gift Campaign.” Purchase books at a discount from participating bookstores to be given to childcare centers and preschools. Books needed by Dec. 9.

Franklin-Grand Isle United Way

Help take phone applications, pick up donations, sort toys and food, pack boxes, knit scarves and mittens, etc. for Operation Happiness to provide for 1,000 families. Flexible four-hour shifts.

Howard Center

Donate gifts such as books, new toys and games, food and clothing gift certificates, new warm clothing, etc. Financial donations will be used to purchase gifts and/or food. Flexible scheduling.

Lucy’s House for the Prevention of Homeless Pets

Make simple dog and cat toys and sew fleece beds to give to local food shelves for the holidays. Work can be done at home, and school groups can work at school.

Salvation Army

Help sort food, toys and clothes and pack baskets for needy families in the Greater Burlington area. Dec. 3-21 (except Sundays), 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Toys for Kids

“Adopt” red “Toys for Kids” donation barrels by collecting donations and delivering them to the Williston collection site. Flexible scheduling.

Voices Against Violence

Donate gift cards to needy families so they can shop and wrap their own gifts. Donations of unwrapped toys will also be accepted for families unable to go out to shop.

Women Helping Battered Women

Sponsor a child and buy up to four gifts—not exceeding $100. Age, gender and a child’s wish list provided. Gifts should be unwrapped, but donations of paper and ribbon are welcome so mothers can wrap their children’s presents.

HOLIDAY STROLL

The Alzheimer’s Association needs volunteers for its holiday stroll at the Arbors in Shelburne on Dec. 1 from 2 to 4 p.m.

LET IT SNOW

Cathedral Square Corporation needs volunteers to clear snow off cars at Holy Cross Senior Housing in Colchester. Or, help the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging by clearing driveways and/or walkways.

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