Volunteers

By Sue Alenick
United Way Volunteer

‘Tis the season to volunteer. 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.

THANK YOU 

Make-A Wish Vermont needs four volunteers to help prepare a volunteer mailing (tie note cards and stuff envelopes) on Tues., Dec. 16 from 9-11 a.m. Contact Shawna Wakeham Smith at 864-9393, x 104 or swakehamsmith@vermont.wish.org.

NEW YEAR’S EVE

First Night needs hundreds of volunteers to make this year’s event a success. Volunteers can sell buttons, assist with children’s art projects, be a dragon in the parade, answer phones and act as site assistants at the various venues (dress warmly). All volunteers receive a free button for completing a 3-hour shift. Contact Pam Stewart at 863-6005 or pam@firstnightburlington.com.

NEW YEAR’S DAY 

RunVermont will help you start the New Year off right — volunteer for the 27th annual First Run 5K on Jan. 1 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Volunteers help with packet pickup, raffle, monitoring the course and more. Learn more at www.runvermont.org/volunteer or contact Lisa Brighenti at 863-8412 or lisa@runvermont.org.

DOMESTIC ABUSE PREVENTION 

Women Helping Battered Women will hold their Volunteer Training the evenings of Jan. 18. Volunteers are key to keep WHBW programs and services, including the hotline. Trainings are designed to certify Victim and Crisis Worker Privilege in Vermont. Learn more by going to www.whbw.org/about/volunteers. Contact Caley Holden at 658-3131 or caleyh@whbw.org.

X-COUNTRY SKI INSTRUCTORS

The Catamount Trail Association needs volunteers for their youth learn-to-cross-country-ski program, which is offered at no cost to under-served youth. Volunteers are needed every Saturday from Jan. 17-Feb. 21 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Bolton Valley Nordic Center (youth are bussed to the center). Volunteers must be competent cross-country skiers and have their own equipment. Contact Andy Wood at 864-5794 or outreach@catamounttrail.org

DIRECTOR’S ASSISTANT 

Heineberg Senior Center needs a savvy, computer-literate volunteer to assist the director with varied tasks including researching new programs, trips, etc. Must be competent using Word, Excel and Publisher. Contact Pam Slattery at 863-3982 or pam@heinebergseniorcenter.org

HELP SENIORS 

Our Lady of Providence needs volunteers at this residential care facility. Volunteers are needed to call Bingo on Wednesday and Friday or to share their musical talent, take wheelchair residents for a walk, or spend time with some of the Alzheimer’s patients. Contact Bea Hatin at 655-2395 or olpreception@ourladyofprovidence.org.