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.

READ TO US

RSVP of Chittenden County is looking for RSVP Read to Me Volunteers to help build literacy skills so children are ready for kindergarten. Volunteers read to children in local Head Start classrooms or childcare centers run by and for New Americans. Training and ongoing supervision are provided. References and background check required. Contact Phet Keomanyvanh at 861-7821 or phet@unitedwaycc.org.

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BUILD A FENCE

Ethan Allen Homestead needs a group of 10-15 volunteers to help build a fence around their historic garden on Sept. 3. Tasks require walking, lifting and digging and being outside all day. Contact Dan O’Neil at 865-4556 or ethanallenhomestead@gmail.com.

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SUMMER CAMP

Camp Exclamation Point, Inc., has volunteer opportunities for camp counselors and certified lifeguards for a one-week camp Aug. 15-23 at their beautiful lakeside site in Thetford. Most of the 100+ campers are in grades 3 to 5 with others in a Teen Leadership Program. Excellent meals and training provided. Contact John O’Farrell at (413) 384-2623 or campexcl@gamil.com.

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ON THE BOARD

Essex CHIPS, School Based Mentoring and Teen Center is seeking energetic and committed adult and youth volunteers to serve on their Board of Directors. CHIPS promotes the making of healthy choices through youth-adult partnerships, youth leadership and civic engagement. CHIPS runs an after-school drop-in Teen Center and other youth programs. Board members attend monthly meetings and take part in various fundraising and community outreach events. Contact Adriane Schubert at 878-6982 or adriane@essexchips.org.

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HELP MAKE THEIR GARDEN GROW

Sara Holbrook Community Center is looking for a volunteer to help with planting and weeding their garden on the first Monday of the month for about 3 hours. Contact Kathy FitzGerald at 862-6342 or KFitzgerald@saraholbrookcc.org.

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TEEN CENTER

Essex CHIPS, School Based Mentoring and Teen Center is in need of volunteers to support staff during drop-in hours for middle and high school youth at the Teen Center. Tasks include helping with snacks, organizing structured activities, and helping maintain the space. Interview and background check required. Contact Adriane Schubert at 878-6982 or Adriane@essexchips.org.

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VIDEO PRODUCTION

Big Heavy World has volunteer opportunities for a web video production assistant and a documentary videographer and non-linear editor. Work includes editing video from studio and live performances or continuing a video project of filming and editing small segments showing what goes on in the office, on the crew, etc. Experience with Mac digital video editing or basic digital video and nonlinear editing concepts is needed. Contact Jim Lockridge at 865-1140 or jim@bigheavyworld.com.