Volunteer Opportunities

The listings below are a small sample of the more than 350 volunteer needs from more than 250 agencies. To learn more or to volunteer, visit or call 860-1677, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Burlington Dismas House is looking for individuals or small families to cook a portion of Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and join residents for the meal at its Burlington and Winooski locations. Nov. 22 and Dec. 25, noon to 3 p.m.


Cathedral Square Corporation needs volunteer “shopping partners” to pick up a resident once a week at senior housing in St. Albans and other Chittenden County locations to grocery shop and run a few errands. Flexible weekday and weekend scheduling. A volunteer is also needed to drive a 14-passenger bus to museums, theaters and other outings. Schedules vary from two to four hours per week or biweekly. Excellent driving record, references and background check required for all drivers.


Fletcher Free Library invites volunteers to share the joy of reading by participating in the 23rd annual “Books for Children Gift Campaign.” Volunteers provide area preschoolers with new, quality books during the holiday season. Books can be purchased at participating bookstores for a discount. Lists will be available on Nov. 12 and books are needed by Dec. 9.


Toys for Kids needs volunteers to “adopt” donation barrels at assigned sites during the holiday season, collect donations and deliver them to its Williston collection site. A great family project!


Vermont 2-1-1, a phone-based information and referral system, needs volunteers to support call center staff during periods of high call volume. Volunteers establish rapport with callers and provide appropriate information and referrals to community resources and services. Volunteers must be 21 or older and training is provided. Flexible weekday and evening scheduling.


Burlington Dismas House’s annual phone-a-thon raises funds to benefit its transitional housing programs. Volunteers are needed to make calls or complete letters to donors. Join them for a fun evening, beginning with dinner. Script provided. Nov. 12-15, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.


COTS is looking for volunteers to staff phone lines and help in the mailroom during its phonathon to raise funds to support shelter and services for the homeless. Pizza, candy and door prizes. Nov. 26 – 29 and Dec. 3 – 5, 5:30 – 9 p.m.


Transitional Services for Youth and Families is seeking responsible adult volunteers to serve on the Chittenden County Restorative Justice Panel. Restorative Justice promotes the involvement of community members in determining a fair, structured way to resolve juvenile crimes. Volunteers must be able to commit at least six months service. Thurs. afternoons and evenings, three to five hours on alternate weeks.


Sara Holbrook Community Center invites dynamic, skilled volunteers to share their special interests in an after-school program. Hip-hop, gymnastics, skate boarding, drama, pottery, science, whatever will excite you and the kids! Programs should be a once a week for six weeks, for about 1.5 hours per week. References and background check required.