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.

FINANCIAL COACHES

United Way of Chittenden County is looking for volunteers to serve as financial coaches for low-to-moderate wage workers at their worksites. Volunteers will attend financial literacy classes with the workers and then provide one-on-one coaching to help people set and achieve their own financial goals. You don’t have to be a financial professional to be a coach. Volunteers should be able to listen and communicate respectfully with a diverse range of people. Training is provided and a background check is required. Contact Laurie Dana at 861-7832 or email laurie@unitedwaycc.org.

BLOOD DRIVE STAFF

American Red Cross Blood Services needs volunteers for bloodmobile sites to help with registration and canteen staffing. Registration volunteers welcome donors, track and organize donor lists and answer or refer questions. Canteen volunteers thank donors and maintain and stock the canteen area. Bloodmobile sites may be across Chittenden County and training is provided. Canteen volunteers may also be needed at the Blood Center in Burlington. A background check is required. Contact Alice Drislane at 497-6807 or email alice.drislane@redcross.org.

FALL CAMP PROJECTS 

Camp DREAM in Fletcher has three workdays scheduled to help prepare the camp for their fall and winter seasons. Workdays are Oct. 2, 10 and 17 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and groups of up to 25 are needed each day. Contact Matt Karkut at 388-8979 or email matt@dreamprogram.org.

FIGHT WORLDWIDE HUNGER 

With Love From Vermont is looking for volunteers to scoop, measure and pack nutritious food to be sent to one of 70 countries worldwide facing hunger. Volunteers are also asked to bring a non-perishable food item for our local food shelves as well. Come by yourself or create a team. Friday Oct. 17 (4-6 p.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m.) or Oct. 18 (9-11 a.m.) in Essex. Contact Fred Kenney at 434-5811 or email cabkenney@yahoo.com.

HEALTHY FAMILIES 

CVOEO Health Connect is looking for volunteers to help promote, set up, run activities and clean up for their Family Health and Fitness Day at the YMCA Sat. Oct. 18 from 12-3 p.m. There will be information booths, activities, health demos and music. Contact Tatum O’Malley at 860-1417, x115 or email healthconnect@cvoeo.org

CANVASSERS 

United Way of Chittenden County is seeking volunteers to help interview our homeless neighbors to collect data that will help identify our most vulnerable citizens and use our housing resources effectively. Canvassing will take place Oct. 20, 21 and 22 with varied shifts including a 4-7 a.m. shift. Volunteers will work in teams with a team leader and will be assigned areas based on mapping. They will use a standardized survey and will need to attend a 3-hour training and practice session prior to Oct. 20 (dates TBA). Volunteers are asked to volunteer on all three days, but different shifts are possible. Contact Laurie Dana at 861-7832 or email laurie@unitedwaycc.org.

DJ NEEDED

HowardCenter is looking for a volunteer DJ for their Oct. 23 Halloween Dance Party for mentors and mentees. Work would be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Contact Whitney Keefner at 488-6651 or email wkeefner@howardcenter.org