By Sue Alenick
United Way Volunteer

Make volunteering your New Year’s resolution. 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.


Essex CHIPS invites volunteers to join them on Jan. 19 to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a day of service. Examples of past service projects: helping at the Heavenly Food Pantry; making Valentines for Veterans, helping at a winter clothing drive, making pet toys, assembling Special Olympics gift bags, painting at the Essex Senior Center and more. Last year there was also an MLK Day Community Bruch at Essex High School. Contact Adriane Schubert at 878-6982 or adriane@essexchips.org.


CVOEO and United Way are looking for volunteers interested in helping with a planned low-barrier winter shelter for homeless individuals in Burlington. Pairs of volunteers will serve as awake-overnight shelter staff for one of two overnight shifts. If you are interested in learning more, contact Laurie Dana at 861-7832 or laurie@unitedwaycc.org to be added to our update list as plans are finalized.

JANUARY IS NATIONAL MENTORING MONTH and volunteers are needed in both community- and school-based programs. We will be featuring specific programs throughout the month:

Foster Grandparent Program of United Way of Chittenden County seeks volunteers age 55+ to work with children in preschools, childcare centers, Head Starts and elementary schools. Volunteers must serve a minimum of 15 hours/week, meet income guidelines and receive a small, non-taxable stipend for their work. Volunteer sites are located in Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties. Training and a background check are required. Contact Phet Keomanyvanh at 861-7821 or phet@unitedwaycc.org.

Milton Mentors! is a program of the Milton Community Youth Coalition. Community-based mentors help increase young people’s connection to the community, act as positive adult role models and help young people become successful, healthy adults. Mentors must be age 21 or over, serve about 4 hours/month and a background check is required. Contact Katie Miller at 893-1009 or kmiller@miltonyouth.org.

Everybody Wins! Vermont is a statewide, school-based mentoring program which pairs mentors with 1st-5th grade students at elementary schools and focusses on improving literacy. Each mentor is paired with a student and spends one hour per week during the school year helping to build the child’s own desire to read. When you read with a child…everybody wins! Go to http://ewvt.org/locations.html to see all of their sites. Contact Becky McCullough at 734-2959 or becky@ewvt.org

YouthBuild is an alternative high school, development and job skill training program for men and women ages 16-24. Tutors are needed for these young people as they work toward their GED or diploma while receiving training in construction skills. Volunteers are asked for a minimum 6-month commitment, Wednesdays from 2-3 p.m. and provide one-on-one tutoring in basic reading and math skills. A background in education or training/development would be helpful. A background check is required. Contact Lizzy Fox at 223-6607 or lfox@resourcevt.org.