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.


The YMCA is looking for a volunteer to help organize and run playgroups. Tasks include helping set up and take down distinct play areas, engaging with children and caregivers and modeling appropriate adult/child interactions. Contact Gary Vassar at 862-9622 or gvassar@gbymca.org


Lake Champlain International is beginning its winter campaign and is looking for volunteers to help hand-address envelopes on Nov. 2, 3 and 4. Two hour shifts between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Plenty of coffee provided. Contact Cathy Merrill at 879-3466 or cathy@mychamplain.net.


Burlington Dismas House is in need of volunteers one or more evenings, Nov. 17-20, 5:30-8:30 p.m. for a fundraising phone-a-thon. Volunteers can make calls using a script or prepare letters to donors. Training and dinner provided. Contact Sierra Flynn at 658-0381 or sierra@dismasofvermont.org.


YWCA of Vermont would like to get their computers networked to provide access to their files to everyone in the office. They are looking for a volunteer IT specialist to accomplish this. Contact Terry Melton at 862-7520 or terry.melton@ywcavt.org.


Cathedral Square Corporation invites volunteers to organize a holiday social with friends and family and bring the festivities to one of their senior communities. Music, decorations, good food and great conversation are what are needed. Flexible November/December scheduling. Background check required. Contact Beth Alpert at 861-3297 or alpert@cathedralsquare.org.


The Salvation Army, Greater Burlington Area is in search of volunteers to staff the red Christmas Kettles, ring the bell, greet shoppers and invite them to donate. Nov. 13-Dec. 24, Mon.-Sat., 4 hour shifts.  A great individual, family or group opportunity. Contact Scott Murray at 864-6991 or scott.murray@use.salvationarmy.org.


Fletcher Free Library invites volunteers to share the joy of reading by purchasing books for children at participating bookstores for a discount. Books will be distributed to preschoolers at area child-care centers. Lists available Nov. 10, books are needed by Dec. 10. Contact Rebecca Goldberg at 865-7216 or rgoldberg@Burlingtonvt.gov.


Two local groups need volunteers to help keep their offices running smoothly:

Champlain Senior Center – Front desk receptionist to greet visitors, interact with seniors, maintain daily meal and transportation requests, answer phones, etc. Flexible weekday scheduling. References and background check required. Contact Bonnie Campono at 658-3585 or bonnie@champsenior.org.

Make-a-Wish Vermont – Data base entry and general office help two mornings a week (4-10 hours per week). Experience with Raiser’s Edge is a plus. References and background check required. Contact Shawna Wakeham-Smith at 864-9393, x 104 or swakehamsmith@vermont.wish.org.