December 13, 2017

Volunteer Opportunities

By Sue Alenick

United Way volunteer coordinator

TO THE SLOPES

The City of Winooski’s Ski Cubs program offers a free six-week learn-to-ski program for kids ages 7-14, hosted by the Catamount Trail Association. An adult volunteer is needed to ride the bus with the youngsters and serve as chaperone during the ski trip. A background check is required. Contact Aphaia Lambert-Harper at 655-6410, Ext. 12, or email volunteer@winooskivt.org.

HOUSE STAFF

Ronald McDonald House Charities is looking for volunteers to help provide caring support to guest families, register incoming guests, check-out guests, answer phones and occasionally help keep the Ronald McDonald House clean and orderly with light housekeeping tasks. Other volunteer opportunities include making cookies, preparing a dessert or a dinner for guest families, assisting with housekeeping chores or serving as weekend/holiday overnight relief managers (Friday 9 p.m. to Saturday noon; or Saturday 6 p.m. to Sunday noon). Contact Deanna Cameron at 862-4943 or email Deanna@rmhcvt.org.

ADVOCATES FOR CHILDREN

Prevent Child Abuse Vermont needs volunteers to help advocate for children in Franklin and Grand Isle counties. Volunteers should be comfortable working within the court system on behalf of children. Six to 10 hours per month. Training provided. Contact Mary Fletcher Stanley at (802) 309-2515 or email mstanley@pcavt.org.

SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION

Green Mountain Animal Defenders is involved with many facets of animal protection and has a vital web presence. The group seeks a volunteer familiar with search engine optimization to help achieve maximum website visibility. The organization is also looking for an event planner/fundraiser to help with events such as bake sales, raffles, silent auctions, social media donations and yard sales. Contact Sharon at 861-3030 or email info@gmad.info.

BUILDING TRADES VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The DREAM Program is seeking volunteers with experience in carpentry, building trades and other skilled labor for facility maintenance and new construction at the Camp DREAM property. The camp provides free summer programming to youth and winter adventure programming when schools are out of session. Contact Matt Karkut at 338-8979 or email matt@dreamprogram.org.

PUBLICITY/MEDIA

Protect Our Wildlife Vermont needs volunteers to initiate and maintain contacts with local media sources to publicize events and to compose and distribute public service announcements about animal welfare issues. The group has other volunteer opportunities, too. Contact Brenna Galdenz at 768-9862 or email info@protectourwildlifevt.org.

SUPPORTING YOUTH

ReSOURCE is offering youth education and youth build academic support internships to qualified volunteers. The youth education interns provide one-on-one employment skills training to youth with developmental and learning challenges by developing and implementing curriculum with the support of staff. Youth build academic support interns support and assist instructors in creating skills-development assignments and researching placement opportunities for trainees. College juniors or seniors enrolled in an education or social work program would be ideal candidates. Four to eight hours per week with flexible scheduling. Contact the ReSOURCE volunteer coordinator at (802) 658-4143, Ext. 31, or email volunteer@resourcevt.org

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