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.

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SUPPORT LITERACY

United Way and Child Care Resource are looking for volunteers to support literacy and language development for children. Volunteers will work with children from infants to preschoolers in home childcare businesses run by childcare providers participating in the New American Women in Business program. In addition to language development activities with children, volunteers will support providers by working collaboratively to develop effective techniques to engage children and bridge cultures. Contact Phet Keomanyvahn at 861-7821 or phet@unitedwaycc.org

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AND FREE ICE CREAM TOO!

People Helping People Global is looking for volunteers to hand out pamphlets for their Brainfreezer 5K during Ben & Jerry’s Free Ice Cream Day event on April 14 in Burlington. Two-plus hour shifts between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. Contact Michelle Piche at 578-4978 or michelle@phpgmicrolending.org.

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“LOST APPLES”

Rokeby Museum and Shacksbury Cider have teamed up to offer a pruning workshop and volunteer day. Volunteers can grab their saw and come to Rokeby to learn pruning techniques in the Museum’s historic orchard and then work to help to start bringing it back to life. April 18 from 1-3 p.m. Contact Jane Williamson at 877-3406 or rokeby@comcast.net.

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FAMILY FRIENDS

Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program is looking for “family friends” to visit and help refugee families with such things as grocery shopping, English language skills, learning abut their community, or just doing fun things together. Orientation and introductions provided. Flexible scheduling. There is also a need for English language tutors to assist an ELT teacher with a class or individuals. Volunteers work about 12 hours per month. Materials and support provided. Background checks are required for both positions. To learn about becoming a Family Friend, contact Laurie Stavrand at 655-1963 or lstavrand@uscrivt.org. Those interested in ELT should contact Ashraf Alamatouri at 655-1963 or aalamatouri@uscrivt.org.

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SCIENCE PROGRAM INTERN

Fletcher Free Library’s Youth Department is in need of a creative, dependable volunteer who has experience with technology and is good with children to help run their “Tinkering Tuesdays” program. Weekly throughout the summer. Background check required. Contact Rebecca Goldberg at 865-7216 or rgoldberg@burlingtonvt.gov.

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GREEN THUMBS NEEDED

Common Ground Center/Camp Common Ground in Starksboro needs groups of volunteers willing to give a full day to help with trail maintenance and spring planting of their vegetable and flower gardens. April 14, 28 or May 5; five-hour shifts between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact Emily Gibbs at 453-2592 or Emily@cgcvt.org.