The listings below are a small sample of the more than 350 volunteer opportunities at more than 250 local agencies. For more information or to volunteer, visit www.unitedwaycc.org or call 860-1677.
ESSEX CHIPS MLK DAY
Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King by volunteering for some fun and meaningful opportunities throughout the day, then unwind and connect with others at a community dinner in the evening. Service projects include writing letters to troops with Operation Military Kids, making valentines and bookmarks for veterans, shelving and organizing at Brownell Library, painting at the Senior Center and more. Monday, Jan. 21, two- to four-hour shifts throughout the day. Dinner at 6 p.m. at Essex High School.
LUCY’S HOUSE FOR THE PREVENTION OF HOMELESS PETS
For Martin Luther King Day, help make dog and cat toys and sew fleece pet beds to hand out at local food shelves. Monday, Jan. 21, 1-4 p.m.
Groups and individuals can moniter a kettle location, ring the bell and welcome people to donate to the Salvation Army kettle effort. Funds support the Friendly Kitchen and Family Christmas program. Through Dec. 24, four-hour shifts between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains is looking for volunteer mentors who are passionate about the legislative process will help coordinate the Girls Rock program in the spring and serve as troop leaders. References and background check required. The Girl Scouts are also looking for troop leaders to serve two or more hours/month, weekends and evenings.
Sara Holbrook Community Center is looking for volunteers to assist in daily programs for youth in grades 6-12. This is a “drop-in” time for teen to hang out, play games, etc. Weekdays between 2:15 and 5:30 p.m. at least once a week. Interview and background check required.
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR NEEDED
People Helping People Global provides tools such as microloans, training and market information to help people and communities escape extreme poverty. It is looking for a volunteer to organize, motivate, teach and supervise volunteers at local events, festivals and fairs. Experience managing volunteers is very important. Weekdays and weekends, two to four hours per week.
PROGRAM ASSISTANCE NEEDED
The Burundian American Association of Vermont needs volunteers to help with grant applications, program direction and English teachers for the elders. Volunteers should be qualified to work with a low-income community and should understand background differences. Flexible scheduling.
RED CROSS NEEDS
American Red Cross Blood Services needs volunteers to welcome donors to the canteen, serve refreshments, chat with donors and seek assistance if a donor is not feeling well. Registration volunteers are also needed. Flexible weekday and Saturday scheduling, training provided.