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.

MITTENS & GLOVES

Vermont Housing Finance Agency is seeking donations of knitted or purchased mittens and gloves to be donated to children through Sara Holbrook Center’s New North End Youth Center. Donations can be dropped off at VHFA at 164 St. Paul Street until Dec. 16. Contact Brittany Riley at 652-3428 or Briley@vhfa.org

TOY ROOM

COTS (Committee on Temporary Shelter) help set and restock the holiday toy room with toys and books for children living in shelters. At the toy room, families can pick out gifts their kids will enjoy. Volunteers should be able to lift 30 pounds. COTS is also looking for volunteers to make calls using a script provided for the annual COTS Phonathon. Volunteers can also work in the mailroom and as “runners” to collect pledges and deliver treats. Dec. 1-4 and 8-9, 5:30-9 p.m. and Dec. 10, 9 a.m.-noon. Contact Gillian Taylor at 864-7402, x207 or gilliant@cotsonline.org.

RING THE BELL

Salvation Army is looking for individuals, families and other groups to stand at a Christmas Kettle and ring the bell to welcome shoppers to donate to support their emergency and family service programs. They are also looking for volunteers to help applicants complete paperwork for assistance during the holidays. Contact Scott or Patti Murray at 864-6991 or scott.murray@use.salvationarmy.org.

RING IN THE NEW

First Night Burlington is seeking office volunteers to help sell buttons, answer phones, assemble signboards, etc. Flexible schedules, 3-hour shifts through the event on Dec. 31. Volunteers can earn a free First Night button! They are also looking for a volunteer to help trouble-shoot and/or fine-tune their Microsoft Office and Windows 8.1 systems. For office staff Pam Stewart at pam@firstnightburlington.com for software position Muffie Milens at muffie@firstnightburlington.com or call Pam or Muffie at 863-6005.

BOUNDARIES 

The Nature Conservancy is looking for two to four volunteers to help mark the preserve boundaries in Monkton on Dec. 9 and Dec. 17 from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Work will include repainting blazes and hanging signs. This can be strenuous work – volunteers should be physically fit and able to hike 4-5 hours in sometimes difficult conditions. Contact TNC’s volunteer coordinator at 229-4425, x 111 or volunteervt@tnc.org

SENIOR COMPANIONSHIP

Have an hour to spare? Two local agencies are looking for volunteers to spend some quality time with seniors

CVAA – Help seniors in Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties remain independent through one-on-one visits in settings of their choice. Activities may include friendly chats, balancing a checkbook, playing cards/games, shopping, outings, etc. References and background check required. Contact Bev Hill at 865-0360 or bev@cvaa.org.

Ethan Allen Residence – Become a buddy to a senior and visit, go for walks, attend Ethan Allen sponsored events, go out to lunch, and share a lifetime of wisdom. References and background check required. Contact Carolyn Stevens at 658-1573 or cstevens@ethanallenresidence.org.