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.

HOMELESS SURVEY 

United Way of Chittenden County needs volunteers to canvass our homeless neighbors on the street, in shelters, in encampments and at meal sites on Oct. 20, 21 and 22 The goal is to create a registry of people living on our streets and in shelters, enabling us to prioritize those who have been out there the longest and who are the most vulnerable and to implement strategies to reduce chronic homelessness. Volunteers will work in teams with a team leader and must attend a training (Oct. 16 from 5:30-8 p.m. or Oct. 18 from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.). Schedules vary from early morning to early evening. Contact Laurie Dana at 861-7832 or email laurie@unitedwaycc.org

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EARLY LEARNING

Greater Burlington YMCA is looking for a volunteer to help organize and run playgroups. Tasks include setting up and taking down play areas, engaging with children and caregivers, and modeling appropriate adult/child interactions. Ability to speak Nepali, Burmese, Somali, Arabic or Swahili of particular interest. References and background check required. Contact Gary Vassar at 862-8993, x 132 or email gvassar@gbymca.org.

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LIBRARY SKILLS

Fletcher Free Library needs volunteers with good literacy and numerical skills to shelve books in the Youth Area. Training provided. References and background check required. Contact Rebecca Goldberg at 865-7216 or email rgoldberg@BurlingtonVt.gov.

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A DRIVING NEED

Migrant Education Program and Bridges to Health has need of drivers to transport migrant farmworkers to and from medical appointments in Chittenden and Franklin Counties. Flexible scheduling. References, background check and proof of insurance required. Contact Zoe Halvorsen at 371-6230 or email zoe.halvorsen@uvm.edu.

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EVENT PLANNERS NEEDED

Several local agencies need volunteers to help with event planning:

Essex CHIPS, School Based Mentoring and Teen Center: Tasks include distributing fliers, planning logistics, gathering food donations for their spring 5K Fun Walk/Run fundraiser. 8-10 hours over the winter. Contact Darcy Caryl Evans at 878-6982, x 100 or email darcycaryl@essexchips.org.

Vermont CARES: Help with publicity, outreach, soliciting food donations, staffing support for their annual June bicycle ride fundraiser. Contact Christian Pinillos at 372-4087 or email Christian@vtcares.org.

Alzheimer’s Association: 4-6 young professionals needed to help develop and implement a new powder-puff flag football event fundraiser called Blondes vs. Brunettes to be launched in 2015. Contact Jessie Cornell at 316-3839 or email jlcornell@alz.org.

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A FRIENDLY VISIT

Cathedral Square Corporation is seeking a volunteer to visit and spend 1-2 hours per week with a 90-year-old resident who has lost her ability to speak. She is full of fun and is looking for someone to play cards, work on puzzles and engage in activities that don’t involve speaking. References and background check required. Contact Beth Alpert at 861-3297 or email alpert@cathedralsquare.org.

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HABITAT

Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity is looking for several volunteers — a Development and Communications volunteer to help with fundraising and writing tasks; a Faith Community leader to meet with, recruit and support congregation representatives; and Advancement Committee members to staff and run events and help with fundraising. Contact Catherine Stevens at 872-8726 or email cstevens@vermonthabitat.org.