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.

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SUMMER OLYMPICS – Special Olympics Vermont is preparing for the 2015 Summer Games, which will bring together more than 400 athletes and partners at the University of Vermont Athletic Facilities. Volunteers are needed to help with many activities. There’s a perfect position for all volunteers. Shifts available May 29, 4-8 p.m., May 30 & 31 8 a.m.-5 p.m. All volunteers receive lunch and a T-shift. Contact Caitlin Jenkins at 861-0274 or email cjenkins@vtso.org.

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IN THE GARDEN – Cathedral Square Corporation is looking for a group of volunteers to build raised garden beds at Holy Cross. Volunteers must be skilled at reading plans and building and able to commit to completing the project (it could take more than one day). Will need lead time to order materials. Contact Beth Alpert at 859-8819 or email alpert@cathedralsquare.org.

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DATA ENTRY – Make-A-Wish Vermont is in need of a volunteer one or two mornings a week to help with database entry and general office tasks. Experience with Raiser’s Edge is a plus. Contact Shawna Wakeham-Smith at 864-9393, Ext. 104 or email swakehamsmith@vermont.wish.org.

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PLATELET DONATION – American Red Cross Blood Services is seeking volunteers to greet & register platelet donors, discuss basic eligibility, and answer donor questions. Good customer service skills and basic writing and computer skills needed. Training provided. One two-hour shift/week. Interview and background check required. Contact Alice Drislane at 497-6708 or email alice.drislane@redcross.org.

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GLEANING – Vermont Foodbank is in need of volunteers to harvest “seconds” from Vermont farms to be processed and provided to those who would otherwise not have access to local produce. Volunteers should be able to lift up to 30 pounds. Contact Nicole Mitchell at 477-4146 or email nmitchell@vtfoodbank.org.

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SPECIAL PROJECTS AND PIRATES! – Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes looking for volunteers to help address its “to do” list, which may include waterfront cleanup, scraping and painting, raking, etc. Flexible scheduling. Volunteers are also needed to help at the biggest event of the season, the Kids Pirate Festival, on June 11, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Crafts, parking, visitor services, site preparation….take your pick, and dress like a pirate, too! Contact Elisa Nelson at 475-2022 or email elisacn@lcmm.org.

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VINTAGE CARS – Shelburne Museum is again hosting The Classic Auto Festival and needs volunteers to help escort cars onto the Museum grounds and assist with check-in and break-down. June 5, 3-hour shifts.

Contact Pam Nuovo at 985-3346 or email pnuovo@shelburnemuseum.org.

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5K RUN/WALKGirls on the Run Vermont needs volunteers for their non-competitive 5K event at Champlain Valley Expo, June 6 from 8-noon. Help with face painting, handing out water bottles, staffing the food table and cheering on the girls. Contact GOTR at 246-1476 or email Julie Cubino at jcubino@harmonyatlast.com.