Volunteer Connection listings – August 30th edition

United Way of Northwest Vermont’s mobile-friendly Volunteer Connection connects you to hundreds of local volunteer needs. Search by age, date, county, interests or causes that are important to you. Stay connected to community needs. Go to https://unitedwaynwvt.galaxydigital.com/.

September 2, 2019
By Sue Alenick, United Way Volunteer Columnist

ON SCHEDULE – American Red Cross Blood Services is looking for a Volunteer Scheduler to help out at blood drives and at the Burlington Donor Center. This is mainly phone and email work for about 3 hours a week and can be done from home or at Red Cross offices. Volunteer should be familiar with computers and Excel spreadsheets. Background check required. Contact Alice Drislane at 497-6807 or email Alice.drislane@redcross.org.

BUILD A DREAM – Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity invites volunteers, age 18 and older, to join them for a “build day,” to help a local family build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. The current build in Burlington’s old north end from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Prior construction experience is not necessary but is appreciated. Contact Allison DeVoe at 318-7533 or email adevoe@vermonthabitat.org.

AND JUSTICE FOR ALL – Essex Community Justice Center is in search of Restorative Justice Panel members to help support victims of crime and to help offenders be accountable for the crime they committed and to make amends to the victim and the community. Volunteers are needed for the Milton, Colchester and Essex Restorative Justice Panels. Background check required. Contact Jill Evans at 872-7690 or email jevans@essex.org.

GLEANERS NEEDED – Vermont Foodbank is seeking volunteers to join them in the fields to harvest and gather excess produce or “seconds” from local farms. This type of food rescue will enable the Foodbank to provide delicious, healthy foods to customers who might not otherwise have access to local produce. Contact Kate Steward at 477-4121, Ext. 1121, or email volunteer@vtfoodbank.org.

CHILD ADVOCATES – Guardian ad Litem Program is recruiting volunteers in Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties to make a difference in a child’s life.  Guardians visit monthly with the child, collect collateral information to relevant to the important factors and people in the child’s life, represent to a Judge what he or she feels is in the child’s best interest, explain the court process to the child, and consult with the child’s attorney. Contact Kristi Theise at 527-4029 or email Kristi.theise@vermont.gov.

FIND THE STORY – Vermont Kin as Parents (VKAP) is in need of a story finder and writer to seek out compelling personal stories of kinship caregivers and children who have been raised in kin care and to write those stores for a newsletter and to share with legislators and journalists. Contact Brenda Hamlin at 802-871-5104 or email brendah.kin@Vermontkinasparent.org.

FROM JERICHO TO BURLINGTON – Cathedral Square is looking for a volunteer driver, with an exemplary driving record, to drive a resident to and from medical appointments. Car provided. Background check required. Contact Beth Alpert at 859-8819 or email alpert@cathedralsquare.org.

CALLING ALL ARTISTS – Whether your medium is paint, fiber arts, clay, or paper mache, Cathedral Square residents in South Burlington are hoping you will share your expertise. Contact Beth Alpert at 859-8819 or email alpert@cathedralsquare.org.

Megan Bridges
Community Impact Coordinator
United Way of Northwest Vermont
(802) 861-7822 / (802) 864-7401 (fax)