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.

Join us to talk about volunteering – United Way’s Volunteer Connection staff will host a “volunteering” open house at the Carpenter-Carse Library in Hinesburg, on Wednesday, Aug. 5. Stop by anytime between 4-5:30 p.m. to explore the wide range of volunteer opportunities available and learn about our Signature Programs for adults age 55 and over.


  • KidSafe Collaborative needs many volunteers from Aug. 5-10 to help put on their huge annual Community Yard Sale in Essex. Volunteers can accept and sort donations, serve as cashiers, roving helpers and help with clean up. 3-hour shifts between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Contact Lisa Simon at 863-9626 or email kidsafe@kidsafevt.org.
  •     Turning Point Center is looking for help with the Hank Schaefer Golf Tournament Aug. 7 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Help with registration, silent auction & raffle, and oversee various competitions. Contact Gary DeCarolis at 861-3150 or email director@turningpointcentervt.org
  • Vermont Food Bank – Volunteer for the annual Harpoon Point to Point cycling fundraiser Aug. 8, three-hour shifts between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Volunteers will assist cyclists, help with registration & supplies, act as course marshals or help with the “post” party. Ride starts and ends in Windsor. Contact Nicole Mitchell at 477-4146 or email nmitchell@vtfoodbank.org

Good food — Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf needs volunteer support for the Good Food Truck which provides meals to about 150 low-income Vermonters. Volunteers can help prepare meals at the Food Shelf or on the Truck or help at truck stop sites in Milton on Wed. from 4-7 p.m. or at Harbor Place in South Burlington on Thurs. from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Contact Anna McMahon at 658-7939 or email amcmahon@cvoeo.org

Get on board — The Vermont Senior Games Association (VSAG) is looking for Board members who are passionate about opportunities for Vermonters age 50+ to have fun and stay fit. VSAG provides quality athletic competitions in more than 15 sports as well as non-competitive fitness opportunities. Board members attend monthly meetings, volunteer at championships and serve on committees. Contact Janet Nunziata at 656-4220 or email jnunziat@uvm.edu

Ombudsman — Volunteers for the Vermont Long Term Care Ombudsmen program work with residents of long-term care facilities (nursing homes, residential care homes and assisted living residences) as advocates. Volunteers make frequent and unannounced visits to assigned facilities in their local area, responding to resident complaints, reporting serious problems to supervisors, participating in the nursing home survey process, and providing residents and their families with information. 20 hours of self study and classroom training and 30 hours of field training are required.

Habitate ReStore – Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore by helping with customer service and warehouse support. Greet customers, process donations, help load vehicles or use you special skills in lighting, plumbing, appliance testing and more. Volunteers are also needed to help with scheduling and picking up donated goods. Contact Jennifer Pelkey at 872-8726 or email volunteer@vermonthabitat.org