United Way’s Volunteer Connection Listings – Nov 4th edition

November 4, 2019

By Sue Alenick, United Way Volunteer Columnist

CULINARY CLASSIC – Cancer Patient Support Foundation is looking for volunteers for its Culinary Classic on November 16th from 5-9 p.m., at the Burlington Hilton. The competition features to area chefs vying to be named the Culinary Cup Champion. Volunteers are needed for morning set up, event greeters, silent auction monitors, chef runners, registration, raffle station and tear down. Contact Sarah Lemnah at 488-5495 or email slemnah@cpspvt.org.

FOOD SHELF – NorthWest Family Foods is looking for volunteers between 9 a.m. and noon to weigh and sort donations from local grocery stores. Volunteers may also assist with pick-ups from local donors, stocking shelves, and helping to prepare for opening. Contact Toni Auriemma at 527-7392, Ext. 106, or email tauriemma@cvoeo.org.

THANKSGIVING MEAL – Dismas House invites volunteers to help cook a portion of their Thanksgiving dinner and then join residents for the meal. A great opportunity for those without plans for the holiday or for small families who want to share a meal with an appreciative group! November 28th, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Buell Street in Burlington and/or 2-4 p.m. at East Allen Street in Winooski. Contact Zoe Bishop at 658-0381 or email zoe@dismasofvt.org.

ASSISTANT – CarePartners Adult Day Center, Inc. is seeking volunteers to help support participants in all aspects of the Activities Program by playing a game, helping with a craft project, reading a story, chit-chatting or lending a hand in some other way. Flexible schedule two or more hours once or twice a week. Contact Sue Chase at 527-0548, Ext. 11 or email info@carepartnersvt.org.

PACK IT UP – Salvation Farms has need of volunteers to schedule a “pack day” in their surplus food hub in Winooski from December 20th until the beginning of February. Volunteers will be cleaning and packing large amounts of surplus crops donated by Vermont farmers for charitable food site in the Chittenden area and beyond. This is a great volunteer opportunity for groups. Weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Contact Danielle Smith at 8888-4360 or email danielle@salvationfarms.org.

PHONATHON – COTS is gearing up for its 2019 Phonathon and is looking for callers and mailroom volunteers for each of the six Phonathon nights from December 2nd through 11th. Dinner kicks off each night at 5 p.m., then orientation and calling begin. All calls are made to current COTS supporters. Join this fun event and enjoy refreshments, raffles every half hour, and more! Contact Reagan Murphy at 864-7402, Ext. 207, or email reaganm@cotsonline.org.

MENTOR! MENTOR! – Spectrum Youth & Family Services is in need of healthy, responsible adults, in Chittenden County go enjoy fun activities with a young person in the local community. A day at the beach, a bike ride, a craft project, a movie and more can mean so much to a youth when shared with a caring adult. Contact Stephanie Ball at 864-7423, Ext. 321, or email sball@spectrumvt.org.

MORNING SUPPORT –Winooski Senior Center is looking for Morning Support Volunteers to greet seniors, encourage engagement in activities, answer phones, and help with nutrition programs. Contact Olivia Miller at volunteer@winooskivt.gov.

ADAPTIVE SPORTS INSTRUCTORS – Vermont Adaptive Sports is searching for energetic, dedicated individuals who have a passion for outdoor recreation and want to share that passion with others. Our volunteers help individuals with disabilities rediscover their abilities and enjoy sports and recreation on a daily basis. Activities include Paddling, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Climbing, Skiing, Snowboarding, Nordic Skiing and more. If you are competent in the activity, we provide the disability and adaptation training. Contact Maggie Burke 786-4991, Ext. 30 or email managingdirector@vermontadaptive.org.

HOLIDAY GIVING – KidSafe Collaborative is again coordinating with the Department for Children and Families to get gift cards for kids in foster or kinship care or whose families are struggling so that DCF is involved. Volunteers can purchase a $20 or $25 gift card from local merchants and then send them to KidSafe at 45 Kilburn Street, Burlington, VT 05401 by December 2nd.  For information, contact Lisa Simon at 863-9626 or email lisas@kidsafevt.org.

Megan Bridges

Community Impact Coordinator

United Way of Northwest Vermont

(802) 861-7822 / (802) 864-7401 (fax)