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.


GRANDPARENTS NEEDED – United Way’s Foster Grandparent Program needs volunteers, age 55 and over, to make a difference in the lives of children in Chittenden, Franklin & Grand Isle Counties.  Foster Grandparent volunteers serve 15-40 hours a week at preschools, child care centers, Head Starts and elementary schools under the supervision of teachers and staff.  They may help with tutoring, mentoring, and self-esteem building activities appropriate for the age of the child.  In Chittenden County, volunteers are particularly needed for schools in Burlington, Milton, Essex and Hinesburg, but many other locations are available.  A small non-taxable stipend is provided.  Contact Susan Abell at 861-7823 or email Susana@unitedwaycc.org.

CANVASSING EVENT – United Way of Chittenden County has an innovative opportunity for volunteers to serve as canvassers to collect information about homeless or precariously housed families in Chittenden County.  Volunteers will be trained to use a survey tool to gather information for a registry of families in shelters, motels, etc.  Information will be used to respond to the needs of families based on a Housing First Model.  Surveying will take place October 15-17, with training on October 7 (6-7:30 p.m.) or October 10 (10-11:30 a.m.).  Contact Chris Brzovic at 540-3246 or email cbrovic@burlingtonhousing.org.

ALL THOSE APPLES! – Shelburne Museum’s garden and landscaping team needs extra hands to clear the Museum grounds of apples from this year’s bumper crop.  A great way to help the Museum and then enjoy the many exhibits for the rest of the day!  Families and groups are especially welcome.  Contact Laura Need at 985-3346, Ext. 3305, or email lreed@shelburnemuseum.org.

MENTORS FOR OFFENDERS – Mercy Connections has created a mentoring program to support women making the transition from correctional facilities to Chittenden County.  Mentors can help women find appropriate affordable housing and employment and can have a profound influence as these women work to rebuild their lives.  Training begins Oct. 7 and runs each Wednesday for 4 weeks.  For information or to register for training, contact Pam Greene at 846-7063 or email pgreene@mercyconnections.org.

DIRECTOR ASSISTANT NEEDED – Heineberg Senior and Community Center needs a computer literate volunteer (should know Excel, Word, Publisher) to assist the director in researching new programs, day trips, etc. Contact Pam Slattery at 863-3982 or email pam@heinebergseniorcenter.org.

FINANCE COMMITTEE – Women Helping Battered Women is looking for volunteers for its Finance Committee which monitors the agency’s financial health, approves the annual budget, maintains investment policies and approves unbudgeted expenditures.  Meetings are the third Monday of the month, 8:30-10 a.m.  Volunteers should have a financial background and be willing to make a one-year commitment.  Contact Kim Jordan at 658-3131 or email kimj@whbw.org.

A DRIVING NEED – Cathedral Square Corporation is seeking drivers to be matched with a senior for trips to grocery stores and other errands. Background check, auto insurance and driver’s license verification required. Cathedral Square is also looking for a small group of volunteers to sand and paint flower boxes.  Flexible scheduling.  Contact Beth Alpert at 859-8819 or email alpert@cathedralsquare.org.