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.

JOIN US TO TALK ABOUT VOLUNTEERING – United Way’s Volunteer Connection staff will host a “volunteering” open house at the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library in Williston, on Wed. July 8. Stop by anytime between 4-5:30 p.m. to explore the wide range of volunteer opportunities available and learn about our Signature Programs for adults age 55 and over.

A DRIVING NEED – Migrant Education and Bridges to Health is in need of drivers to transport migrant farmworkers to and from medical appointments in Franklin County. Volunteers must have a car, valid driver’s license, and proof of insurance and registration, and be willing to absorb the cost of gas. Spanish language proficiency a plus. Background check required. Flexible scheduling. Contact Naomi Wolcott-MacCausland at 524-6501, Ext. 447, or email nwolcott@uvm.edu.

JULY EVENTS – A number of local groups are planning special events and activities in July and need volunteers to help make their efforts a success:

THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF VERMONT – Trail work at LaPlatte River Marsh in Shelburne, July 9, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. A group of up to 10 is welcome. Contact Volunteer Coordinator at 229-4425, Ext. 111, or email volunteervt@tnc.org.

PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE GLOBAL – 4th Annual Brain Freezer 5K race. Many volunteers are needed to help solicit sponsors, post fliers, distribute literature at other events, and/or help on race da On July 11 from 8 a.m.-noon. Contact Isabel Tuck at 318-4488 or email Isabel@phpgmicrolending.org.

WAKE UP TO DYING PROJECT – Help with a traveling exhibit on the lawn of the Fletcher Free Library with a goal of shifting the cultural perspective on death from fear toward familiarity. Tasks include set up, greeting and guiding visitors through the exhibit, and take down. July 16-19, flexible schedules from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Contact Tess Taylor, at 522-7818 or email tess@wakeuptodyingproject.org

CHAMPLAIN HOUSING TRUST – Volunteer at the annual Members’ Day Picnic at North Beach on July 18th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Help with registration, food preparation and serving, and take down. Contact Anna Herman at 862-6244 or email a herman@champlainhousingtrust.org.

SHELBURNE MUSEUM – Circus-Palooza Family Day requires many volunteers to set up, staff circus-themed activities (face painting, carnival games, etc.), and clean up. Background check required. July 19, 3-hour shifts between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Contact Pam Nuovo at 985-3346 or email pnuovo@shelbnurnemuseum.org

CATAMOUNT TRAIL ASSOCIATION— Contact Andy Wood at 864-5794 or email outreach@catamounttrail.org about either of these two projects: Trail Work —Volunteer on the Catamount Trail trimming brush, building footbridges, etc. Volunteers should be able to hike and work for several hours on uneven terrain. Groups of up to 12, July 22 or 29, 6-hour shift per day. Ultra Marathon – Help at the 25K or 50K races at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe. Tasks include parking, registration, set up, aid stations, awards ceremony, photography/ digital video capture, and break down. July 27, 4-plus hour shifts between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m.

FLOWER BEDS – Cathedral Square Corporation is looking for a small group of volunteers (4-6) to sand and stain 7 wooden flower beds at Whitney Hill Homestead in Williston. All materials provided. Flexible, one-time scheduling. Contact Beth Alpert at 859-8819 or email alpert@cathedralsquare.org