Volunteer Opportunities

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January is National Mentoring Month—check out these opportunities to be a mentor:
RSVP of Chittenden County: Volunteers age 55 and older are needed to partner with school children as School Buddies for in-school and after-school programs to help children meet academic standards. They can also serve as Read to Me volunteers in child care centers and Head Start class-rooms. Share your life experience with a child and make a friend for life. References and background check required. Contact Susan Abell at 861-7823 or email
Mercy Connections: Help women making the transition from prison back into the community as part of the Vermont Women’s Mentoring Program. Mentors support women in the process of finding appropriate housing and employment and rebuilding their lives. Mentor training begins Feb. 3 and runs each Wednesday for four weeks. Contact Pam Greene at 846-7164 or email
Lucy’s House for the Prevention of Homeless Pets needs volunteers to help make dog and cat toys to give to food shelves to help reduce the cost of pet ownership. MLK Day, Jan. 18 from 1-3 p.m. Donations of stray socks and used sweatshirts or pants to make the toys are appreciated. Contact Sierra Ellis-Clements at 879-0898 or email
CVAA is in need of volunteer drivers to provide weekly Wednesday rides for older Bhutanese and Nepali refugees to a lunch meal at the Champlain Senior Center. Volunteers pick up elders at their homes around 10:45 a.m. to go to the center and return them home around 1:45 p.m. Volunteers may stay for lunch. Background check, verification of driver’s license and auto insurance are required. Contact Erica Marks at 865-0360 or email
Women Helping Battered Women is looking for volunteers to join the movement to end violence against women and children. Tasks are varied, including work at shelter or hotline, advocacy and support, to running errands. Required training is provided. References and background check required. Contact Kim Jordan at 658-3131 or email
American Red Cross Blood Services is in need of volunteers to greet donors, track and organize donors and lists, and interact with others in a pleasant manner. Flexible two-three hour shifts on weekdays and/or Saturdays. Training provided. Background check required. Contact Alice Drislane at 658-6400 or email
Green Mountain Animal Defenders is urgently in need of households willing to provide short-term (one-three weeks) temporary foster care to cats in transition while waiting for a spot at a local shelter or rescue. Cats just need a stable, quiet environment while they wait—even if you have other pets you can offer the cat a cozy spot in a spare room that can be “theirs.” Contact Sharon MacNair at 861-3030 or email
Lund’s Kids-A-Part Program need volunteers to supervise and support planned visits between children and their incarcerated mothers. Visits are at Chittenden Correctional Facility on Saturday mornings, three hours every week or every other week. Support attachment and be a friendly, caring face for the children. A nine-month commitment is requested, background checks are required. Contact Jamie Tourangeau at 864-7467 Ext. 2012 or email