The listings below are a sample of the 300+ volunteer needs from more than 200 agencies found on-line at www.unitedwaycc.org. More information available at 860-1677, Mon.-Fri. from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
EAT WELL, AGE WELL — RSVP of Chittenden County is looking for outreach volunteers age 55-plus with an interest in nutrition and healthy aging to participate in Hunger Free Vermont’s Eat Well Age Well program. Volunteers reach out to their peers to talk about the importance of healthy aging and how 3SquaresVT, a federal assistance program helps seniors afford fresh, healthful foods. Volunteers will be trained to provide individual application assistance to their peers. Men and those living outside of Burlington are particularly encouraged to apply. 1-5 hours a week. Interview and background check required.
ON CALL — Vermont 2-1-1 is seeking volunteer call-takers to support staff during periods of high call volume. Call takers are trained to establish rapport with callers and provide information and referrals to community resources and services. Schedules depend on call volume and volunteer availability. Emergency Housing Volunteers are also needed weekday evenings from 4:30-8 p.m. to help those with issues of homelessness and housing crises. Interview, references and background check required. Training provided.
BUSINESS GURUS — SCORE Champlain Valley Chapter 284 provides counseling and mentoring to new and growing businesses. Volunteers with business experience can help those in the emerging fields of e-commerce, social media, etc. by providing one-on-one counseling. Volunteers are also needed to help SCORE with their own marketing, public relations, training, recruiting, and presenting prepared programs to the business community. Flexible scheduling.
MARATHON — Join the fun on Memorial Day weekend. Help with the 25th Anniversary KeyBank Vermont City Marathon, the Sports and Fitness EXPO, or the MVP YAM Scram. Volunteers of all ages can help stuff race packets, monitor the course, sell merchandise, serve refreshments, and more. 2-plus hour shifts. Volunteers are needed starting May 17 for prep work through race day on Sunday, May 26. Children under age 18 may not be course monitors.
HOTLINE — H.O.P.E. Works, formerly the Women’s Rape Crisis Center, needs Hotline Volunteers to answer their crisis hotline and provide emotional support, options counseling and referrals. Volunteers work 2-4 shifts a month (9 a.m.-5 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and attend a monthly meeting. To become a Hotline volunteer you must attend 35 hours of training. The next training session begins June 2 and runs through June 14.
PLAN AHEAD FOR JUNE EVENTS: Several local agencies are planning for special events in June:
VSA Vermont — Volunteers to help welcome participants and drummers to the first ever Boom! Drum Festival at Burlington’s City Hall Park and/or help clean up after the event. June 2, 4-6 p.m.
NFI Vermont — Help out at “Pitchin’ for Families”, NFI’s First Annual Beanbag Tournament to support mental health services, special ed services, therapeutic foster care, residential treatment and crisis stabilization services for Vermont youth. Volunteers can help with setup, breakdown, registration, scoring of games, or form a 2-person team and “toss the bag.” June 8, 1-6 p.m.
Girls On The Run Vermont — is holding its 5th Run/Walk Event at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction. Volunteer opportunities include registration, tattoo application, course support, refreshment serving, finish line helpers, etc. June 8, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.