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.

HEALTH CARE SHARE – Did you know Vermont is the ninth hungriest state?  By volunteering at The Farm at Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, you can join the effort against hunger in our state. Volunteers can help grow and harvest fruits and vegetables to help 300 low-income Vermont families live healthier lives.  Volunteers are needed Tuesdays and Wednesdays to help harvest, wash produce and pack Health Care Shares, now through the end of October.  It is hard work but worth effort!  Individuals and groups of up to 40 volunteers are welcome.  Contact Jackie Bishop at 434-3969, Ext. 113, or email Jackie.Bishop@vycc.org.

FOR THE CHILDREN – Foster Grandparent Program invites volunteers 55 years of age and older to volunteer as Foster Grandparents at preschools, child cares, Head Starts, and elementary schools. Volunteers serve 15-40 hours a week under the supervision of a teacher/staff person, and receive a small, non-taxable stipend.  Tasks depend on the ages of children and can include tutoring, mentoring and self-esteem building.  References and background check required. To volunteer In Chittenden County, contact Susan Abell at 861-7823 or email Susana@unitedwaycc.org.  In Franklin & Grand Isle Counties, contact Mary Pelky at 524-6337 or email maryp@unitedwaycc.org.

RAILROAD FANS & GARDENERS– The Shelburne Museum is looking for tool-loving volunteers who would like to help preserve an historic Locomotive 220 that once pulled freight and passenger cars across Vermont and pulled trains for Presidents Coolidge, Hoover, Roosevelt and Eisenhower. Training provided.  The Museum also needs seasonal gardeners and landscapers to help with maintenance of annual and perennial gardens, planting, weeding, watering, etc.  Background check required. Contact Laura Need at 985-3346, Ext. 3305, or email lneed@shelburnemuseum.org.

WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S – Alzheimer’s Association invites volunteers to join their steering committee to help coordinate and spread the word about the 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  Volunteers attend monthly planning meetings and/or help distribute posters and brochures as well as help on the day of the event, September 20th.  Contact Jane Mitchell at 316-3839 or email jmitchell@alz.org.

GALLERY VOLUNTEER NEEDED – Burlington City Arts is seeking BCA Center Gallery volunteers to interact with the public, help with installations and performance events, and generally provide staff support.  Flexible scheduling.  Contact Ashley Jimenez at 865-7166 or email ajimenez@burlingtoncityarts.org. They are also looking for volunteers to staff City Arts’ Main Desk and help staff with daily activities.  Contact Melinda Johns at 865-7166 or email mjohns@burlingtoncityarts.org.

A FRIENDLY VISIT – Cathedral Square Corporation invites volunteers to spend an hour or two a week with residents, chatting, playing games, going for a walk, etc.  References and background check required.  Contact Beth Alpert at 859-8819 or email alpert@cathedralsquare.org.

DIRECTORY UPDATES – Big Heavy World needs volunteers to help rebuild their directory of Vermont musical artists.  Volunteers may research bands on line to identify the genre of each group so they can be included in the “band guide.”  Training and other resources provided.  Contact James Lockridge at 865-1140 or email jim@bigheavyworld.com.