June 23, 2011
The listings below are a small sample of needs from more than 200 agencies, available by going online to www.unitedwaycc.org and clicking on “Volunteer.” If you do not have computer access, or would like more information about the volunteer opportunities, call 860-1677 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
FLOOD CLEAN UP
Colchester-Milton Rotary is organizing its community to assist with the clean up from the unprecedented flooding of the Colchester waterfront. The two-day effort will help remove debris from neighborhoods, beaches, and preserve the 27 miles of shoreline.
Professionals will be on site with heavy equipment. Volunteers will gather on June 25 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and June 26 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), parking at Colchester High School and middle school. Transportation to the staging area, water and food will be provided. Volunteers can fill out the online form located at http://bit.ly/ldlIyi.
Ronald McDonald House charities is looking for volunteers to greet visitors to the family room at Fletcher Allen, offer compassionate support, help with daily operations and make referrals to available resources for families as needed. Three-hour shifts between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., seven days a week. Weekend volunteers are especially needed. Volunteers are also being sought to make cookies, prepare a dessert or plan and create a dinner meal for guest families at the house. Dinners may be prepared in Ronald’s kitchen. Cooks and bakers are asked to provide the ingredients.
SUMMER YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES
A number of local groups have volunteer opportunities for teens this summer:
Bike Recycle Vermont – skilled artists and crafts people are needed to turn old bike parts into fun and functional objects, and art for a new fundraising venture. Two hours a week, minimum age 15. Front desk staff is also needed, minimum age 16.
Chittenden Community Action – volunteers needed to post flyers around Burlington, Winooski and Essex Junction. One hour a week. Minimum age 13.
Lake Champlain Committee – help stuff and seal envelopes for a fundraising campaign. Minimum age 14.
Richmond Land Trust – learn about and remove invasive silver maple-ostrich ferns during plant removal workdays. Up to three hours a day. Minimum age 14.
Sara Holbrook Community Center – assist an experienced English Language learner teacher, working one-on-one with immigrant and refugee children, chaperoning field trips, etc. One day a week, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., June 28 to July 30. Instead, a volunteer could help with a summer camp for elementary school children once a week, July to mid-Aug., must be able to swim. Minimum age 16.
Vermont Respite House – bake cookies, brownies, cakes or sweet breads for hospice in Williston. Minimum age 12.
Winooski Valley Park District – help with trail maintenance, removing invasive species from natural areas, and park clean up. Volunteers must wear shoes that can get wet and bring sunscreen, bug spray and plenty of drinking water. Two to three-hour shifts. Minimum ages 12 to 16, depending on project.
MUSIC DAY CAMP
The Vermont Youth Orchestra Association needs volunteers for a music day camp from June 27 through July 1. Volunteers will supervise afternoon activities from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., set up and clean up activities, etc. Teen volunteers must be ages 15 to 17.
Community Health Center of Burlington is moving into their new location on Riverside Avenue and needs volunteers to help disconnect, move and reconnect computer equipment, telephone equipment and other moving tasks. Professional movers will move the big items. Volunteers should be able to lift, bend and move, tech background helpful but not necessary. July 1, between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Vermont Youth Conservation Corps is hosting its start-up dinner for 175 crew and guests on Friday, June 24, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help with dinner prep and clean up, registration, parking, etc.
FOR THE TEENS
The Winooski Underground Teen Center needs volunteers to help cook and serve a meal for 30 Winooski children, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. They also need assistants to work with staff to oversee center, maintain safety and interact with teens; Tuesday or Thursday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. or 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.