November 26, 2014

Volunteers

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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.

INSTALLATION HELP

ReSOURCE needs a volunteer to help its IT manager install security cameras at the Pine Street location. Volunteer should be comfortable climbing ladders and using construction tools. Flexible weekday, evening or weekend schedule.

VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Jazz for Peace needs “virtual volunteers” to help raise awareness of its Foundation Grant program, which gives grants to organizations throughout the United States. Help choose recipients, assist the event or volunteer coordinators, help with publicity, website and more. Volunteers work from home on their own computers and on their own schedule.

MENTORS NEEDED

Mentors are needed in two programs; both require a background check.

Spectrum Youth & Family Services – Be a mentor to individual youth ages 12 to 22 and share mutual interests such as biking, fishing or cooking. Studies show that teens with mentors are less likely to use drugs or alcohol or to skip school. Mentors serve one to three hours per week and training, ongoing support and free activity ideas provided.

Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program – Be a mentor to a newly arrived refugee family and help them adjust to daily life in Vermont. This may include grocery shopping, cooking on an electric stove, understanding banking and budgeting or helping with English language skills. Flexible weekday, evening or weekend scheduling, about two hours a week.

FRANKLIN-GRAND ISLE SPECIALS

The Franklin-Grand Isle United Way needs volunteers to help with several important tasks:

• Reliable, safe drivers are needed to deliver resource directories to various locations.

• Help “Santa” sort and inventory wonderful donated toys to prepare for the holiday food and toy program. This volunteer needs to be able to lift 20 to 30 pounds.

• An office volunteer is also needed to help prepare materials and mailings of packets of information.

Some of this could be done at home. Flexible scheduling for all opportunities.

COMING EVENTS

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

Prevent Child Abuse Vermont – “Walk for Children” needs help with set up and checkpoint stations, sign posting, decorations, face painting and more. Volunteers receive a Walk for Children T-shirt. Aug. 28, shifts from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity – Help plan and run a community picnic at Shelburne Farms on Sunday, Aug. 29. Skills in graphic design, organization, phone communication and more are needed. About five hours per month in planning, plus event day.

Lund Family Center – Help set up, decorate, assist with parking, registration and more at the annual fund-raising evening on Grosse Pointe in Ferrisburgh. Sept. 11, four-hour shifts from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Lund Family Center in Essex Junction – Volunteers for the annual Adoption Picnic in Essex will lead activities, monitor food and games, help with set up and parking, and more. Sept. 25, two-hour shifts between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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