The listings below are a small sample of the 350+ volunteer needs from more than 250 agencies you can find on-line at www.unitedwaycc.org. If you do not have computer access, or would like information about the volunteer opportunities below, call us at 860-1677, Mon. – Fri. from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
ESSEX CHIPS MLK DAY – Celebrate the life of Dr. King by volunteering for some fun and meaningful volunteer opportunities throughout the day, and then unwind and connect with others at a community dinner in the evening. Service projects include: writing letters to troops with Operation Military Kids, Valentines and bookmarks for veterans, shelving and organizing at Brownell Library, painting at the Senior Center and many more. Monday, Jan. 21, 2-4 hour shifts throughout the day. Dinner at 6 p.m. at Essex High School.
LUCY’S HOUSE FOR THE PREVENTION OF HOMELESS PETS –For MLK 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.
JANUARY IS NATIONAL MENTORING MONTH: A variety of programs invite volunteers to make a difference in a child’s life by serving as mentors.
Foster Grandparents Program is looking for volunteers, age 55 or over, to serve at preschools, child care centers, elementary schools and other sites under the supervision of a teacher or staff member. Volunteers serve between 15 and 40 hours a week and receive a small, non-taxable stipend. Tasks include tutoring, mentoring and self-esteem building. Interview, references and background check required. Pre-service training provided. Openings are in Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties, and there are specific openings in Milton and at The Schoolhouse Learning Center in South Burlington.
Howard Center Child, Youth & Family Services is looking for volunteers for the Community Friends Mentoring program which supports more than 70 area children with caring, fun adult relationships. Mentoring pairs meet regularly to share activities they both enjoy. Volunteers are asked to commit to a one-year friendship. Interview, references, and background check required.
Everybody Wins! Vermont seeks mentors to spend 1 hour per week at local elementary schools reading with children in 1st-5th grade. Help build a child’s desire to read. Application, references, background check and orientation required.
JUSTICE FOR ALL – Burlington Community Justice Center is in need of volunteers for its Circle of Support and Accountability (COSA) program. COSA’s mission is the enhance community safety and repair relationships by helping members successfully rejoin the community and commit no further offenses. Volunteers serve in a circle of support that holds the core member accountable to expectations. Flexible weekday, evening and weekend scheduling. Background checks required.
COMMUNITY EDUCATORS – The Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter needs volunteer educators to present their “Living with Alzheimer’s” workshop series. Educators complete a training course and present programs using scripts, PowerPoints and other materials provided. Educators must commit to presenting 2, 3-session courses each year. Effective presentation skills and a commitment to continuing education are important. Training, orientation and a background check are required.