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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UPCOMING EVENTS

A number of local agencies are planning special events in March and need volunteers to help make their efforts a success:

Vermont Food Bank – The 2015 Mardi Gras parade will benefit the Vermont Foodbank and 400 volunteers are needed to walk beside floats to keep the route safe. Feb. 28, 3 hours. Great fun and get a free t-shirt. Contact Nicole Mitchell at 477-4146 or nmitchell@vtfoodbank.org.

Women Helping Battered Women – Volunteers are needed for their annual phone-a-thon. Call donors or help behind the scenes processing paperwork. Food and prizes! March 9 and 10, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Contact Caley Holden at 658-3131 or caleyh@whbw.org.

Women Helping Battered Women – Volunteer for the Zumbathon and help support domestic violence programs. Tasks include set up, clean up and event chores at the Higher Ground. March 28, 2-hour shifts between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Contact Caley Holden at 658-3131 or caleyh@whbw.org.

Vermont FEED – The Jr. Iron Chef VT competition for middle and high schoolers needs volunteers to help with team registration, activity room, set up and clean up at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction. March 21, 2-hour shifts between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Contact Amy Gifford at 434-4122 or amy@nofavt.org

The Nature Conservancy of Vermont – Help mark nature preserve boundaries throughout Vermont by replacing blazes and hanging signs. Field days can be strenuous, especially in snow and on steep topography. March 12, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 229-4425 or volunteervt@tnc.org.

Howard Center – Volunteer at the Curling Challenge at Cairns Arena in South Burlington and help with registration, set up, operations and clean up. March 14, 2-3 hour shifts between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Contact Martie Majoros at 488-6913 or mmajoros@howardcenter.org.

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CARD COMPANION

Cathedral Square Corporation is looking for a volunteer to play cards with a delightful senior. Patience and a sense of humor a must. References and background check required. Contact Beth Alpert at 861-3297 or alpert@cathedralsquare.org.

RESTORING JUSTICE

Essex Community Justice Center – The Reparative Justice Panel uses restorative justice to help low-level offenders to be accountable for the crimes they committed and to help them make amends to victims and the community. Volunteers are needed to serve on panels in Milton, Colchester and Essex. Training provided and a minimum one-year commitment is asked for. References and background check required. Contact Kate Searles Brayton at 872-7690 or kate@essexcjc.org.

WEB MANAGER NEEDED

Vermont Parent Representation Center needs a volunteer to help keep their website up to date. One hour per week. Contact Trine Bech at 540-0200 or trine.bech@vtprc.org.

THERAPY PETS

Ethan Allen Residence would welcome visits from volunteers and their therapy dogs or therapy pets. Animals must be certified therapy animals. Background check required. Contact Chloe Marchand at 658-1573 or cmarchand@livingwellresidence.org.