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.


BOOKS FOR CHILDREN – Fletcher Free Library invites volunteers to share the joy of reading in their 25th annual “Books for Children Gift Campaign.” Volunteers provide new, quality books for preschoolers during the holiday season by choosing from a list or making their own selections and then purchasing books for a discount at participating bookstores. Lists are available now. Contact Rebecca Goldberg at 865-7216 or email rgoldberg@Burlingtonvt.gov.

CHRISTMAS KETTLES – The Salvation Army needs individuals, families or groups to volunteer to ring the bell at their red Christmas kettles. Volunteers greet people as they shop and welcome them to donate in support of programs in the Greater Burlington area. Call to schedule your date(s). Contact Scott Murray at 864-6991 or email scott.murray@use.salvationarmy.org.

WARM HANDS, WARM HEARTS – Vermont Housing Finance Agency is looking for volunteers to knit (or purchase) children’s mittens and gloves, which will then be filled with candy canes and given to children through various youth programs in the area. Contact Steve Gronlund at 652-3428 or email sgronlund@vhfa.org.

MENTORING PROGRAM – Howard Center’s Community Friends Mentoring Program is seeking a long-term volunteer to help provide stability to the program. The volunteer will help kids and adults form life-long friendships through tasks such as producing a monthly newsletter, collecting data, conducting surveys, and researching grants. Background check required. Contact Catherine Shahan at 488-6913 or email cshahan@howardcenter.org.

DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS – Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity is looking for a volunteer to work with the Advancement Director at their Williston office on tasks including researching foundations for possible grants, helping with communication tasks, writing thank you letters to donors and organizing event projects. Contact Catherine Stevens at 318-7533 or email cstevens@vermonthabitat.org.

PHONE-A-THON – Two local groups are planning phonathons in coming weeks and need volunteers to help make their fund-raising efforts a success:

  • Burlington Dismas House needs volunteers to help raise funds by making calls or preparing donor letters during their annual appeal. Nov. 16-18, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Contact Sierra Flynn at 658-0381 or e-mail sierra@dismasofvermont.org.
  • COTS needs up to 60 volunteers Nov. 30-Dec. 3 and Dec. 7-8, from 5:30-9 p.m. to make calls to current supporters and ask if they will make a gift this winter. Volunteers will receive training and call from a script. Food, prizes and music provided! Youth volunteers can serve as “runners” to collect pledge sheets and deliver treats. Contact Lori Goldman at 864-7402, Ext. 207, or email lorig@cotsonline.org.

LIBRARY BUDDY – Ethan Allen Residence in Burlington is looking for an adult volunteer to provide transportation and accompany two or three residents to the local library once a month to look at and borrow books and other media. Background check, vehicle, insurance and driver’s license verification required. Flexible scheduling. Contact Chloe Marchand at 658-1573