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.
Make Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 17 a day on, not a day off.
• Good News Garage will be giving a complete cleaning to vehicles in the organization’s “Ready to Go” transportation service. Volunteers are needed to help provide clean vehicles to families who need rides to child care, work, job training, or other commitments. Jan. 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Casual dress recommended.
• Essex CHIPS is hosting an MLK Day of Service with volunteer projects to help community members give back and to get involved with local organizations. To date, service projects (one to five hours in length) include sorting and organizing clothes at Salvation Army, making cat and dog toys for Lucy’s House for the Prevention of Homeless Pets and writing letters to soldiers. Volunteers are invited to gather for a dinner and celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
January is National Mentoring Month and there are many opportunities for caring volunteers to serve as mentors to those who will benefit from some one-on-one support. Research shows that youths with mentors are much less likely to use drugs and alcohol or to skip school. Be a mentor!
• Spectrum Youth & Family Services – Spectrum needs positive adult friends for youths age 12 to 22. Share a bike ride, a day of fishing, baking cookies and other mutually enjoyable activities. One to three hours per week, training and activity ideas are provided.
• Sara Holbrook Community Center – Creating Connections matches community youth in kindergarten through 12th grade with caring, responsible adults who have similar interests. The matches help youths develop positive relationships that can lead to healthy lifestyle choices. Weekly, two- to four-hour commitment for a calendar year. Training provided.
• Mercy Connections – Mentors are needed to help women rebuild their lives as they make the transition from correctional facilities back into the community. Training begins in early February.
Volunteers are also needed for short-term assistance such as transportation.
A LITTLE TLC
RSVP of Chittenden County is seeking caring, compassionate volunteers, age 55 and older, to make phone calls from home to homebound or isolated seniors in Chittenden County. This TLC program, or Talking, Listening and Caring, is part of the new Seniors Aging Safely at Home program. SASH helps elders stay in their own homes as long as possible through use of support services. Flexible weekday scheduling.
BROTHERS AND SISTERS
Vermont Family Network is looking for volunteers for the SibShops program, which provides siblings an opportunity to meet other siblings who know what it’s like to have a brother or sister with special needs. Volunteers help with set-up, activities, securing food donations for meals, contacting potential guests and more. Flexible monthly scheduling, four hours per month.
NURTURING BODY AND SPIRIT
Prevent Child Abuse Vermont is in need of volunteers to help prepare meals for families participating in the organization’s Nurturing Parenting Programs. Food can be picked up from the cook’s home or can be prepared in an off-site community center. Flexible Tuesday or Wednesday evening schedules.
Center on Aging at the University of Vermont needs an on-call writer to write and distribute press releases to statewide media. Volunteer should have experience writing press releases and the ability to send releases out in a timely manner to appropriate contacts. Flexible scheduling.
JACK OR JILL OF ALL TRADES
Franklin-Grand Isle United Way needs a volunteer to help with small projects such as trimming bushes, replacing a doorknob, fixing a broken window, painting and more. Flexible scheduling.