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.

LITERACY SKILLS 

RSVP invites volunteers to help build literacy skills so kids are ready for kindergarten. Remember the joy of reading to your children or being read to as a child? Share your passion for reading with a whole new generation of children by becoming a Read To Me Volunteer. Read to children in local Head Start classrooms or be part of a new initiative to support early reading at childcare centers run by and for New Americans. Contact Phet Keomanyvahn at 861-7821 or email phet@unitedwaycc.org.

MAKE IT SPECIAL

Special Olympics Vermont needs volunteers of all ages for numerous activities throughout the year. For a full list of activities or to register to become a volunteer, visit the website at www.specialolympicsvermont.org and click on Get Involved or contact Mike Frisbie at 922-4939 or email mfrisbie@vtso.org.

FOOD AND SOCKS

Lucy’s House for the Prevention of Homeless Pets is looking for volunteers to organize pet food or sock drives. They need donations of canned and dry cat and dog food and clean, single socks to be made into catnip sock toys. Contact Sierra Ellis-Clements at 879-0898 or email lucyshouseforpets@yahoo.com.

ART AND MUSIC

Cathedral Square Corporation is seeking art-minded volunteers to share their skills and enthusiasm with an eager group of seniors. Volunteers should be flexible and be able to provide some, if not all, supplies. Flexible monthly schedule. Homebound seniors are also eager for light musical entertainment. Volunteers should be able to “go with the flow” and possibly take requests. Background checks required. Contact Beth Alpert at 861-3297 or email alpert@cathedralsquare.org.

OFFICE HELP

YWCA of Vermont is in need of volunteers to help with administrative tasks at their Essex Junction office. Projects will focus on preparation for the 2015 Camp Hochelaga seasons including mailings, etc. Volunteer Girls’ Activity Leaders are also needed to lead recreational activities for girls 13-17 on Saturdays and during school vacations. Activities should focus on leadership skills, personal development, team building and racial justice. Flexible scheduling. Background check required for activity leaders. Contact Deb Jorschick at 862-7520 or email deb.jorschick@ywcavt.org.

KEEP IT CLEAN

Lake Champlain Committee is looking for a volunteer to clean their office once a week. Tasks include vacuuming, mopping, trash removal, etc. Flexible weekday scheduling. Contact Jessica Rossi at 658-1414 or email jessicar@lakechamplaincommittee.org.

TAKE A WALK

All Breed Rescue is seeking dog walkers to spend 20 minutes or more a day walking rescued dogs. Some dogs come from bad situations and need to learn that people don’t intend to harm them before they are ready for “forever” homes. Experience with dogs and an orientation are required. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 2388-6243 or email allbreedvolunteers@gmail.com.