March 3, 2011

The listings below are a small sample of needs from more than 200 agencies, available by going online to 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.


Are you 55 years or older and love children? The FGP Program is looking for volunteers in Burlington and Winooski to help create warm, enriching and engaging classroom experiences for preschool children in Head Start classrooms. Volunteers can read stories, do crafts with children, share a snack, play outdoors, or just spend one-on-one time with a child who needs a friend, flexible Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning schedules.


A number of local groups are planning special events in March and need volunteers to help make their efforts a success:

Vermont Youth Conservation Corps – Second Annual Bolton to the Barns (Richmond) ski tour for experienced backcountry ski enthusiasts, March 5, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed to set up, shuttle skiers, and staff refreshment stations along the 17-mile route.

Howard Center – Annual Curling Challenge at Cairns’ Arena in South Burlington, volunteers needed to assist with registration, hospitality, set-up, and break-down. March 18 to 20, flexible shifts.

Women Helping Battered Women – FUN-a-thon/Phone-a-thon. Volunteers will call past sponsors to solicit donations or assist with correspondence with potential donors. March 18 to 20, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Vermont FEED & Burlington School Food Project – Junior Iron Chef competition. Students gain hands-on experience cooking nutritious, farm-fresh foods. Volunteer tasks include registration, set-up, clean up, activities, etc. March 25, two-hour shifts, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Two local groups need volunteer office help to support their vital programs: VNA of Chittenden & Grand Isle Counties – Volunteer with Excel spreadsheet experience needed to build spreadsheets, export from documents to spreadsheets, etc. Five-hour afternoon shifts, one to two days per week (Tuesday or Wednesday).

Vermont Symphony Orchestra – Receptionist to answer phones, greet visitors, and help with other projects. Shifts of two hours or more, weekdays.


Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont needs special Event/Ambassador volunteers to represent the organization at events run by community groups, businesses, and individuals to distribute information, sell cookbooks, etc.  Training, references and background check required.


Two local groups are looking for volunteers to help with their athletic programs:

Northeast Disabled Athletic Association – Coach the Vermont Chargers, a new power soccer team. Knowledge of soccer and some teaching or coaching experience needed. Four hours, Saturday afternoons.

Boys & Girls Club of Burlington – Volunteers will support a variety of team sports including flag football, volleyball, kickball and capture the flag; personal fitness programs, indoor baseball program, team-building and non-competitive games, crafts and cooking programs. A commitment of one to three hours, once a week for at least three months is needed. Weekday afternoons or evenings. References and background check required.


ReSOURCE is seeking volunteers to fill a number of vital needs:

In the store, collectibles consultants will evaluate and price one-of-a-kind wonders; creative organizers will de-clutter and organize the Art Cycle area; yard sale enthusiasts will help organize recent donations; and an appliance organizer will rearrange the Appliance Warehouse in Williston. Skilled volunteers are needed in several areas: filmmakers to create short videos; woodworkers and fix-it folks to create value-added products from otherwise wasted materials; a volunteer to install security cameras; and tutors to support YouthBuild students in Adult Basic Education program. Finally, moving help is needed with pick up and delivery of donated items and to move merchandise to re-use stores.