Volunteers

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.

POSTERING

Laura Kate Winterbottom Memorial Fund needs volunteers to put up posters in Burlington and around Chittenden County to publicize Laura’s March annual 5K walk/run to end sexual assault.  Posters should go up in early August for the September event and be checked weekly to be sure they are still visible.  Contact JoAnn Winterbottom at (914) 234-9759 or email jjpw@earthlink.net.

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SUMMER CAMP

Camp Exclamation Point in Thetford has volunteer opportunities for camp counselors and certified lifeguards (age 18 and over) for their week-long (Aug. 15-22) camp for 110 campers from low-income families (grades 3-8) along with campers in a Teen Leadership Program. Certified Lifeguards age 18+ are particularly needed. Contact John O’Farrell at (413) 384-2623 or email campexcl@gmail.com.

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RABBLE IN ARMS

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes is preparing for a recreation of the 1814 British attack on Fort Cassin and needs volunteers with building skills to create a “fort” for their on-water “battle.”  Work will take place Aug. 11, 4-hour shifts between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Building skills are needed and lumber and tools will be carried along a gravel path or trucked to the waterfront to be assembled. Contact Elisa Nelson at 475-2022 or email elisacn@lcmm.org.

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PROVIDE A MEAL/SPEND AN EVENT

ANEW Place is a temporary emergency shelter providing housing, food and support services to the homeless in Burlington.  They are in need of volunteers to prepare and bring a meal to the shelter. Sign up for a meal at http://anewplacevt.org/meals/  A great group activity!  They also need volunteers from 7-10 p.m. to provide oversight and support for guests during the meal and evening activities. Contact Hannah Andersen at 862-9879 or email Hannah@anewplacevt.org.

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PREPARE/DELIVER MEALS

Cathedral Square Corporation is looking for volunteers to prepare individual meals, package them in freezer-ready containers and deliver them to housing sites to provide home-cooked meals to those who can no longer prepare their own meals.  Friendly visitors are also needed to share time chatting, working puzzles, etc., with residents one or two hours a week. Contact Beth Alpert at 861-3297 or email alpert@cathedralsquare.org.

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ON THE BOARD

KidSafe Collaborative of Chittenden County is looking for volunteers to serve on their Board of Directors.  Board members oversee the fiscal well-being of the organization, plan programs, set policies, participate in strategic planning, and other vital activities.  Meetings are on the third Tuesday of the month, 8:30-10 a.m.  Contact Anne MacLeod at 863-9626 or email annem@kidsafevt.org.