Volunteers

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.

PUT THE GARDENS TO BED

Shelburne Museum is tidying up and preparing the gardens for winter. They have plenty of shovels, pruning tools and expert garden advice. All they need are the volunteers. Novices and expert gardeners welcome. Nov. 3-5, 2-1/2 hour shifts between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Contact Jess Gallas at 985-3346 or jallas@shelburnemuseum.org.

VIRTUAL ORIENTATION

American Red Cross Blood Services is looking for volunteer proctors to help with a new employee virtual training orientation program two days each month. Volunteers set up training equipment, greet new employees, hand out paper work, and help with video and technical details. Morning, afternoon or full day shifts. Contact Alice Drislane at 497-6807 or alice.drislane@redcross.org.

A DRIVING NEED

Neighbor Rides is in need of volunteer drivers to transport seniors and persons with disabilities to medical appointments in Chittenden County. Drivers use their own vehicles and are reimbursed for mileage. Valid driver’s license, registration, insurance and background check required. Contact Alyson Platzer at 861-7833 or Alyson@unitedwaycc.org.

LET’S DO LUNCH

Champlain Senior Center is looking for a long-term volunteer to help prepare and serve hot nutritious lunches to seniors and help with clean up. Weekdays, 3+ hours per week. A 3-month minimum commitment is preferred. The Center is also looking for a volunteer to manage the kitchen and meal activities. Experience managing volunteers is needed. Contact Bonnie Campono at 658-3585 or bonnie@champsenior.org.

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Lake Champlain International occasionally has projects that need the touch of a professional graphic designer. This may include layout of an action plan, reports, newsletter banners and logos, etc. This volunteer should be experienced with graphic design work. 1-5 hours per project. Contact Cathy Merrill at 879-3466 or cathy@mychamplain.net.

VEHICLE TRANSPORT

Good News Garage needs volunteer drivers to transport donated vehicles to locations in and around Chittenden County. Tasks include driving vehicles, helping evaluate vehicles, communicating information about vehicle performance, etc. Training provided. Volunteers must be 25-years-old or older. Contact Sophia Manning at 864-3667, x10, or smanning@lssne.org.

PET TOYS

Lucy’s House for the Prevention of Homeless Pets is looking for volunteers of all ages to make dog and cat toys to be distributed at local food shelves for the holidays. Join the fun at the Brownell Library in Essex and make fleece tug toys, catnip socks, etc. Nov. 15 or Dec. 6 from 1-3 p.m. Contact Sierra Ellis-Clements at 879-0898 or lucyshouseforpets@yahoo.com.