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.
SHARE YOUR PETS
Converse Home seniors would love to be introduced to your people-friendly pets. Visit with residents in the common area and see their eyes light up with joy. Pets must have up-to-date vaccination records, but do not have to be a licensed Therapy Dog. Flexible weekday, evening and weekend scheduling.
VOLUNTEERS IN POLICE SERVICE
Burlington Police Department needs volunteers to help address noise complaints by providing validation and resource support to Burlington residents impacted by party and “social noise.” Through follow-up calls, volunteers provide information about police response to noise complaints and provide direct services to community members impacted by noise. Training provided. Flexible weekday scheduling.
KidSafe Collaborative of Chittenden County will fill an entire pavilion at the Champlain Valley Expo with quality items at bargain prices to help prevent and address child abuse and neglect. Volunteers are needed to help sort and set up before the event (Aug. 11-13), at the sale itself (Aug. 14, 15) and to help clean up (Aug. 16). Flexible three-hour shifts each day.
Vermont Public Television is gearing up for a pledge drive in early August and needs volunteer individuals and groups to answer phone calls and help with paperwork. Aug. 1, 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Aug. 3, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Training and snacks provided.
Island Arts in North Hero is looking for a volunteer to help with daily workload and to take some leadership role in coordinating people and projects for next year’s brochure. Flexible scheduling.
Essex CHIPS & Teen Center needs volunteers to help provide support to on-site CHIPS staff during Stomping Ground events. Tasks include service as a role model and mentor, keeping watch on the Emergency Fire Exit and rest room, monitoring events and generally helping to provide a fun and safe environment for youth. Weekly staff meetings, when possible (Friday, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.). Flexible scheduling.
HELPING THE HOMELESS
The Committee on Temporary Shelter is seeking volunteers to address a number of important needs.
> The Daystation – Help clients in weekly jobs group (including resume writing, interviewing, computer basics and other job-related skills. Monday and Tuesday mornings.
> Story Time – Read to children to encourage early literacy at family shelters. Monday through Thursday evening scheduling, 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Background check required.
> Childcare – Provide childcare and activities (arts and crafts, field trips and more) for children. Flexible Tuesday through Thursday evening scheduling. Background check required.
> Front Desk – Welcome clients, staff and guests, answer phones, light clerical duties at Daystation (flexible weekday morning schedule) or administrative building (Monday or Tuesday afternoon).
> Hair Stylist and/or barber – Provide haircuts, styling for clients and help provide confidence and a boost in self-esteem. Flexible weekday and evening scheduling.