July 31, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Opponents of the Vermont Gas pipeline staged a sit-in protest at the Williston staging area Wednesday morning, attempting to stop work on the pipeline extension project. Look for the story in tomorrow’s Observer.

Volunteer Opportunities

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The listings below are a small sample of the more than 300 volunteer needs from more than 250 agencies at www.unitedwaycc.org. For more information, call 860-1677.

MAY EVENTS

A number of local agencies are planning special events in May and need volunteers to help make their efforts a success:

CAMP DREAM 

The DREAM Program is a Vermont youth mentoring organization that runs summer and winter camp programs in Fletcher. It is looking for volunteers to help prepare the camp for the summer season. Tasks include gardening, trail work, putting in the dock, landscaping and construction projects. Fridays, May 10 and May 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

SHELBURNE MUSEUM

Help celebrate spring with a variety of indoor and outdoor activities for gardeners and families. Help with setup, pickup and a variety of other activities. May 12, three-hour shifts between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

BURLINGTON DISMAS HOUSE 

Help at the annual plant sale with setup (May 14, 15 and 16) and takedown (May 19). Pine Street in Burlington.

CHITTENDEN COMMUNITY ACTION

Help distribute vegetable and flower seeds, seedlings and compost to low-income households. Tasks include helping with paperwork, providing information and distributing garden supplies. Friday, May 24, 9 a.m.- noon.

RUN VERMONT/KEYBANK VERMONT CITY MARATHON 

Join the fun on Memorial Day weekend by assisting in the preparation and production of the 25th Anniversary KeyBank Vermont City Marathon, the Sports & Fitness EXPO, or the MVP YAM Scram. Volunteers of all ages can help stuff race packets, monitor the course, sell merchandise, serve refreshments and more. Two-hour shifts, May 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., May 21 or 22, noon – 8 p.m.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

OUTREACH

Champlain Community Services has an opportunity for an intern to research and develop new resources and venues for the recruitment of home and shared living providers in the local community. Good public speaking and computer skills are important. Flexible scheduling.

MEALS TO SENIORS

Essex Meals on Wheels is looking for regular, seasonal and substitute drivers to deliver meals to seniors in Colchester, Essex, Jericho, Underhill and Williston. Volunteers provide social contact and a safety check as important as the meals themselves. Reliable registered/insured vehicle, driver’s license and a good driving record required. Routes take about two hours and food pickup is between 10 and 10:30 a.m.

TRUCK DRIVER AND CASHIERS NEEDED

Habitat for Humanity’s ReSTORE is looking for a driver to make pickups using a non-CDL 14-foot box truck in Chittenden County and surrounding communities. Six-eight hour shifts available Tuesday-Saturday. Volunteer cashiers are also needed for the day-to-day cash operations, four- to eight-hour shifts Thursday-Saturday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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