By Sue Alenick
United Way Volunteer

Volunteer once a week, once a month or once in a while. The listings below are a sample of the 300+ volunteer needs from more than 250 agencies found online at www.unitedwaycc.org. More information available at 860-1677, Mon.-Fri. from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Essex Residents:

Town Talks At Brownell Library

Are you looking for ways to volunteer and give back to your community? United Way of Chittenden County Volunteer Connection will be hosting a coffee hour at Brownell Library in Essex Junctionon Wednesday, April 22 from 4-5 p.m.  Join us to explore the wide range of volunteer opportunities available and learn how easy it is to become engaged and give back to nonprofits that help meet community needs.

Volunteering is a great way to share your work skills, network for job hunting or just meet new people. Whether you are a youth looking for community service for school or someone young at heart wanting to share your lifetime of experience United Way Volunteer Connection can help you find a volunteer match that fit your interests, skills and schedule.


Plant Sale

Burlington Dismas House is planning its Annual Perennial Plant Sale. Volunteers are needed from April-May 13 to help pick up loads of plants and topsoil and “pot up” plants. On May 14 and 15, volunteers can help with set up for the sale. Contact Sierra Flynn at 658-0381 or email sierra@dismasofvermont.org.


Fall Prevention

RSVP of Chittenden County needs volunteer coaches to help frail elders overcome fear of falling so they can lead more active, less isolated lives. “Matter of Balance” volunteers age 55 and older lead group discussions & exercise sessions. Volunteers are expected to lead two sessions within one year of certification. Training is provided and a background check required. Contact Ruthann Hackett at 861-7831 or ruthann@unitedwaycc.org


T-Shirt Rolling

Run Vermont/KeyBank Vermont City Marathon is preparing for their Memorial Day Weekend event and needs volunteers to help roll, band and box volunteers’ t-shirts. Light snacks provided. Contact Lisa Brighenti at 863-8412 or email lisa@runvermont.org.


Tree Sale

Winooski NATURAL Resources Conservation District will be holding its 31st annual Conservation Tree Sale and is looking for volunteers to sort trees, retrieve tree bundles for buyers, and provide information on planting and maintenance. Locations in Williston and Berlin. April 24-26, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Contact Sophie Sauve at 828-4493 or email info@winooskinrcd.org.


Help Them Dream!

The DREAM Program is in need of individuals and groups of volunteers to help prepare Camp DREAM in Fletcher, Vt., for more than 100 kids this summer. Work projects include gardening, trail work, putting in a dock, landscaping, chainsawing and construction. May 1, 15 and 23, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact Rosetta Morse at 338-8979 or email rosetta@dreamprogram.org.


Grant Writer Needed

Keeping Track is looking for a volunteer with a passion for wildlife to help secure official support for various foundations. Volunteer should be familiar with e-mail and web research and be able to write clearly and persuasively. Work can be done from home. Contact Susan Morse at 434-7000 or email info@keepingtrack.org.


Help For Museums

Two area museums need volunteer help as their as their seasons get into full swing. Training provided for both opportunities.

Shelburne Museum

Greet visitors on morning (10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) or afternoon (12:30-3 p.m. or 3-5:15 p.m.) shifts, one or more days a week May through October. Contact Cathy Walsh at 985-3346, x 3305 or email cwalsh@shelburnemuseum.org.

Rokeby House

Tour guides to lead visitors through the museum in Ferrisburgh. Weekdays and weekends. Contact Jane Williamson at 877-3406 or email rokeby@comcast.net.