Volunteer Opportunities

Choose one of the options below or go to to check out more than 300 other volunteer options from local nonprofits, schools and public partners or call United Way at 860-1677.


Cathedral Square Corporation invites volunteers to share a few hours each month with a senior and help relieve the social isolation that is prevalent among seniors. Share stories, experiences and a joke or two. Contact Beth Alpert at 863-2224 or email


The American Cancer Society needs volunteer drivers, age 18 and over, to help provide rides for cancer patients going to and from treatment. Valid driver’s license required. Contact Kristina Hermanson at 872-6300 or email


ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is looking for volunteers to fill several important needs. Animal care volunteers provide high quality animal care including feeding and maintenance of over 55 species of fish, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. Education volunteers help interpret exhibit galleries, discovery spaces and live animals for the many visitors to Vermont’s only aquarium. Background check required for animal care and education volunteers. Library and resource volunteers serve in the Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room and help the public access the Lake Library, children’s books and activities, exhibits and computer kiosks. Contact Amanda Van Vranken at 864-1848 or


The Shelburne Museum is seeking volunteers who love arts and crafts and enjoy working with children to join its education staff and assist with Webby’s Art Studio. Saturdays and/or Sundays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact Laura Need at 985-0865 or email


Vermont Foodbank relies on volunteers to distribute more than 9,000,000 pounds of food to needy Vermonters. They are looking for volunteers to glean donated fruit and vegetables from local farms throughout Vermont and/or sort and pack food in Barre for distribution to food shelves, meal sites and individuals. Weekdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact Michelle Wallace or Hanna Snyder at 477-4125 or email or


People Helping People Global needs volunteers for its 5th Annual Brain Freezer 5K event on July 9 from 8:30 a.m.-noon. Over 300 racers run 1.5 miles, stop to eat a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and then finish the final 1.5 miles. Volunteers hand out ice cream, take photos, direct traffic, set up and break down tents and tables and mark the course the evening before. Contact Alex Tuck at 318-4488 or email


Girls Rock Vermont is gearing up for summer camp July 18-23 and Aug. 8-13. Volunteers with musical experience are needed to serve as instrument instructors in guitar, bass, keyboards and drums, (9 a.m.-noon each day) and band coaches (noon to 5:30 p.m. daily). Preference is for strong female role models. Background check required. Contact Linda Bassick at 503-0409 or email


Camp Exclamation Point needs volunteers for a week-long camp (Aug. 12-20) in Thetford. Volunteer camp counselors and certified lifeguards will spend a week at a beautiful lakeside camp with 110 campers, grades 3-8. Staff training provided. Background check required. Contact Scott Moore at 855-802-2267 or email


Mercy Connections is looking for a smart shopper to grocery shop (from a provided list) for a weekly Thursday meal serving 40 people. Shopping can be done Monday, Tuesday or early Wednesday and the volunteer is invited to join the Thursday meal. Your own reliable transportation is important. September through June scheduling. Contact Darrell Morris at 846-7063 or email


Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity invites volunteers to lend a hand this summer at one of its construction sites in Richmond or Milton. To see the schedule and sign up, go to Habitat also needs volunteers at the ReStore to help receive donations, stock shelves, clean and repair items, help customers and more. Flexible scheduling 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and/or 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. Contact David Mullin at 872-8726 or email


Samaritan House in St. Albans is seeking volunteers to spend up to 20 hours a week helping to organize and distribute food and clothing to shelter guests and other local families in need. Email


PH International has an urgent need for host families for university students, ages 18-20, from Russia. Students will be studying environmental sustainability to help them develop a sense of civic responsibility. Host families are asked to provide a comfortable, clean place to sleep, breakfast and dinner and transportation to centralized pickup locations and some weekend activities. July 2-20. Contact Renee Berrian at 496-4545 or email


Shelburne Museum is in need of volunteers through the end of Oct. to lend a green thumb to their team of gardeners early Mon. and/or Wed. mornings. They are also in need of handymen and/or women to help with various carpentry and preservation projects on the Ticonderoga and the Historic 220 Locomotive. Flexible scheduling. Contact Laura Need at 985-3346, Ext. 3305, or email


American Cancer Society is looking for a Communications Assistant to help support events and patient services. The volunteer will write press releases, public service announcements and media advisories; maintain and update media lists, post volunteer opportunities on websites, write feature stories for newsletters and more. Strong writing and interpersonal skills needed. Contact Kristina Hermanson at 872-6300 or email


Intervale Center needs volunteers on Thursday evenings to welcome community members to the Calkins Farmstead to eat, drink, groove, learn and create. Volunteers help with parking, admissions, kids’ activities, set up, clean up, etc. Free pizza and music! They are also in need of volunteer gleaners to rescue fresh food from Intervale and other local farms during the growing season to be packaged for individuals, families and social service agencies. Contact Carolyn Zeller at 660-0440 or email