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.
RSVP of Chittenden County is looking for an experienced, take-charge volunteer to develop and help implement a marketing plan for a program that refers volunteers age 55 and over to opportunities in Chittenden County. Tasks include developing and distributing marketing materials, contacting press, organizing press and advertising materials. Experience in marketing or PR, good public speaking, writing and computer skills are important. Four to six hours per week, Tuesday through Friday daytimes.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
A number of local groups need volunteers to help secure food or prepare meals.
• Burlington Dismas House – Individuals or groups needed to prepare and join a family style dinner for 10 to 15 people. Flexible scheduling.
• Hope Lodge – Volunteers needd to plan, create and join a dinner for families staying at the Lodge. Cook in their kitchen or drop off a meal.
• The Intervale Center – Harvest excess fruits and vegetables from Intervale farms to be distribute to local social service organizations serving those in need. Flexible scheduling through November.
• Ronald McDonald House – Cooks and bakers needed to prepare a dessert or a dinner for guest families. Dinner should serve 10 to 12 guests. Bring ingredients and work in the well-equipped kitchen.
PRESCHOOL FOOD ASSISTANT
Champlain Valley Head Start is looking for food service assistants to help serve ready-made food for preschoolers and teachers. Some light cleaning duties also included. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during the school year, one or more days a week. Background check required.
RAPE CRISIS CENTER
The Women’s Rape Crisis Center is seeking volunteers to build awareness of the issue in two ways.
Volunteer “resource raisers” will help with tasks such as the direct mail fund-raising appeals, the annual phone-a-thon and to plan and staff a mini fund-raiser as part of the Magic Hat Mardi Gras celebration.
Volunteer “enthusiasts” will become advocates in the community to raise awareness of sexual violence. These volunteers would complete 20 hours of training during October. Background check required.
FAIRFIELD LIBRARY HELP
The Bent Northrop Memorial Library in Fairfield needs volunteers who can shelve and organize books. Some training provided but volunteers must know the alphabet and be able to carry books and be flexible enough to reach the top and lowest shelves. Two hours per week, Wednesday mornings or Thursday or Friday afternoons.