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.
The Foster Grandparent Program in the greater St. Albans and Swanton area needs caring volunteers age 55 and older to give children in schools and childcare centers a helping hand. Volunteers make a positive difference by supporting children under the guidance of teachers and childcare providers. Great benefits and a small, non-taxable stipend are provided. A background check is required.
The Burlington Police Department seeks “Volunteers in Police Services” to provide validation and resource support to persons impacted by party and social noise in the city of Burlington. VIPs make follow-up phone calls, provide information about police response to noise complaints, listen to concerns and connect community members to resources. Professionalism, interpersonal/cultural competence and understanding of confidentiality are important. Training is provided and a background check is required.
HELP THE CHILDREN
Child Care Resource is seeking community-minded individuals to serve on a board with a mission to lead our community in making early care and education work. Board members bring knowledge and creativity to the process and attend meetings, act as ambassadors for the organization and more. Attendance at monthly board meetings, a financial contribution and willingness to accept leadership roles where appropriate are important.
VARIOUS VOLUNTEER OPTIONS
September event volunteers are needed for upcoming fund-raisers and recognition events:
• Lund Family Center needs volunteers to help with An Enchanted Evening on Grosse Pointe in Ferrisburgh. Tasks include set up, parking, registration and more. Saturday, Sept. 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
• The ALS Association needs volunteers for the Burlington Walk to Defeat ALS, Sunday, Sept. 26 at Dorset Park. Volunteers will help set up, starting at 7:30 a.m., or provide event help through the day in shifts of two or more hours.
• Lund Family Center also needs volunteers for its Adoption Picnic on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tasks include leading activities, monitoring food and games, set up, parking and more.
The Committee on Temporary Shelter has openings for several key volunteers.
A front desk/reception volunteer is needed to answer phones and transfer calls, greet visitors, help with clerical tasks and more. This position requires multitasking and comfort in a fast paced environment. Volunteer must be able to commit to one four-hour shift per week (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.). Background in social services is helpful, training and support provided.
COTS is also seeking childcare volunteers for the family shelter who can spent time playing games, coloring or do other activities with children. A commitment of two hours per week is expected and volunteers must at least 18 and not enrolled in high school. A background check is required.