The Spirit Of Volunteerism

The outpouring of support following the destruction from Irene has demonstrated just how the spirit of community thrives in our local Vermont towns. The Vermont Standard has always been a vehicle for local organizations or individuals to get the word out that need help or that they are available to help others. Based on the recent influx of support being offered in the community we offer this new section on our website that will reiterate the messages of those in need or those willing to help, now in these recovery times and in the future…It’s the Vermont Way!

Reserve Your Community Garden Plot
Sustainable Woodstock is sponsoring community gardens in four locations this year. Organic vegetable plots are available to any area resident in gar-dens at King Farm in West Woodstock, Shepherd’s Hill Farm in Taftsville, Billings Farm in Woodstock, and Chippers in Pomfret. There will be plenty of help and free advice along with special gardener events. To reserve your space or for more information, call Sally Miller at (802) 457-2911 or email by April 13. Reserve early as the gardens have limited space.

Thompson Center Services
The Thompson Center offers various activities and classes throughout the week. Call the Thompson Center at (802) 457-3277 or visit for more information. Medical and Shopping Ride Service offered at The Thompson Shuttle Serv-ice to Upper Valley Area: This service provides rides to Upper Valley hospi-tals and shopping centers, supplementing our existing twice-weekly shuttle to Woodstock Village merchants. Anyone can take advantage of this service. Call Jen Bloch at (802) 457-3277 in advance to sign up and for more infor-mation.
Mondays, 10:15 a.m. Memoir Club, 1 p.m., Scrabble Club and Bridge; Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Double King Pede card players; Wednesdays 10:30 a.m., Handwork Circke (book Club 2nd Wed.); Thursday, 10 a.m. Cribbate players. All ages welcome.

Woodstock Community Food Shelf
The Woodstock Community Food Shelf, located at Meadow Maxham Way, is open Mondays from 4-6 p.m., Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m., and Sat-urdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Donations of food may be dropped off during those times. Check cans and packages for expiration dates, as out-of-date food cannot be used. For more information, call (802) 457-1185.

Two Conservation Enthusiasts Needed
The Ottauquechee Natural Resource Conservation District, serving the county of Windsor and towns of Windsor, Brownsville, Reading, Springfield, Chester, Ludlow, Woodstock, Hartford, Bridgewater and Pomfret, seeks two conservation enthusiasts to serve on its board as supervisors and associate supervisors. The conservation district board of supervisors meets monthly to identify conservation priorities, provide fiscal oversight, and guide the work of district staff. We are specifically seeking volunteers with interest in improving stream and river flood control. For more information about our work, visit our website at If you are interested in serving, contact Sue Greenall, District Manager, at for more information.

Volunteer Reading Mentors Needed
Hartland Elementary School (HES) is looking for volunteer reading mentors to spend one hour per week with students as a part of the Everybody Wins! (EW!) reading mentoring program. Last school year 15 HES students read with mentors, and program coordinators hope to exceed that number this year. School Library on Wednesday from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Contact UVBEP at or 603-643-3431 x2902 for more information and to obtain a reading mentor application.

Mentoring Program Seeks Volunteers
The Shining Light Mentoring Program is a community-based school-mentoring program operated by the Ottauquechee Community Partnership and the Windsor Central Supervisory Union. The program connects students from Woodstock Union Middle and High School, Bridgewater Village School, and Reading Elementary School with positive adult role models from the community. We have more students than we have mentors available. We are interested in having mentors of all ages and of a variety of backgrounds.
To learn more about the Shining Light Mentoring Program, contact Krystal Waite at Ottauquechee Community Partnership, 32 Pleasant Street, and (802) 457-2679 or via e-mail at

Caregiver Referrals
Calling All Family Caregivers: Are you in need of caregiver services or caregiver support? If so contact Susan Jantos, MSW Community Care Co-ordinator at (802) 457-3030 x. 203 Ottauquechee Health Center, Woodstock, Vt. The Care Coordinator provides:
-A referral service to private caregivers and licensed agencies
-Offers information on caregiving support and respite care in our commu-nity
-Identifies options for assisted living, residential care and nursing homes
-Connects people to services and resources for elders and those living with chronic illness (including Medicare, Medicaid, transportation, medication and financial resources)

Public Library Looking For Volunteers
The Reading Public Library is looking for folks who’d like to volunteer on occasion during regular library hours or with upcoming projects. This might mean helping out with a children’s program, baking cookies for a special event, filling in for the librarian, or lending a hand during a fundraiser. There’s no binding commitment. If you’re interested, call the library at (802) 484-5588, send an e-mail to, or drop in at 717 Rte. 106.

Plymouth Food Shelf
The Plymouth “Food” Shelf is located at the old Plymouth School. Food and other supplies are there for those that need them. Please get what you need. The building is open from 2:00 PM until 6:00 PM, Monday thru Friday and from 9:00 AM till 5:00 PM on Saturday.

Hand In Hand Community Meals
Area residents and visitors are encouraged to join the “Hand In Hand” free community meal each Thursday from 5-7 p.m. in the social hall of the North Universalist Chapel, 7 Church Street, Woodstock. Hand In Hand is dedicated to community growth and development in Woodstock and the surrounding communities. We have different dinner themes weekly.

Kids Can Help
For help with something around your home or property that you cannot accomplish yourself, the Change the World Kids are ready to assist. This energetic group of teenagers dedicated to making the world a better place, are happy to help for free. Call (802) 457-2622 or write or

TeleCare Program Needs Call Recipients
Green Mountain RSVP and Volunteer Center is looking for you if you live alone and could benefit from receiving a friendly phone call several times each week to make sure you are fine, through our TeleCare program. It is a great way to make a new friend, and it could help you remain in your own home finding comfort in the knowledge that someone cares. We have trained volunteers who are ready and waiting to call you. For more information, call Linda Husband in Windsor County at (802) 885-2083, Peter Seares in Windham County at (802) 254-7515, or Susan Armstrong in Bennington County at (802) 447-1545.

Woodstock Area Job Bank
Seeking local employment? Need a qualified employee? Need help with a project? The Woodstock Area Job Bank is the only local source that matches people with jobs. Listings range from professional positions to the most basic services, from hourly to full time. Check out the WJB at or call coordinator Elizabeth Craib at (802) 457-3835, Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Or stop in — we’re located on the second floor of the Woodstock Town Hall. The service is free.

Zack’s Place Enrichment Center
Zack’s Place (ZP) is a community enrichment center. Our mission is to empower people with special needs to express themselves through art, music, dance, and athletics while developing lifelong bonds of friendship. Located in the center of Woodstock at 73 Central Street, Woodstock, Vermont 05091 we offer programming Monday through Friday from 12:20 p.m. – 5 p.m., that includes art, dance, music, exercise, life skills and more. We are always in need of volunteers, including those with computer skills, educational skills, artistic and that can work well with people. Call (802) 457-5868 for more information or email us at

Barnard Helping Hands
Don’t hesitate to call Barnard Helping Hands for a helping hand. Volunteers are ready and willing to help free of charge. If you wish you could do some-thing that needs to be done, but no longer can, contact them and use the resources they have available. Call Margot at (802) 234-5320 or e-mail.

Thrift Store Open Seven Days
The newly enlarged Bridgewater Sustainable Earth Foundation’s thrift store is now open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located in The Bridgewater Mill’s third floor. The store will accept donations of new and gently used clothing, small furniture and house wares. Call (802) 672-1990 for more information.

Oak Chapel Food Shelf
The Oak Chapel Food Shelf is open every Wednesday from 3 p.m.- 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Donations of food are also appreciated. For emergency needs or questions call Gary Parker at (802) 672-5188.

GAL Program Needs Volunteers
Windsor County GAL Program needs volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children in the Family Court. Contact Charles Hacker at (802) 295-8865.

Reading Food Shelf
Located in the Old Stone Schoolhouse on Tyson Road in South Reading, the Food Shelf is open Mondays from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. and Thursdays from 4 p.m. -6 p.m. Call Dianne Bennett at (802) 484-7410 or call Sue Joyal at (802) 484-9792. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to: Reading Food Shelf, Inc. P.O. Box 384, Brownsville, VT 05037.

Volunteer At WISE
Training Become part of the WISE direct service team through WISE Volunteer Advocate Training. The WISE 24-hour, toll-free crisis line is available to victims of domestic and sexual violence, thanks to empathetic and dedicated community members, like you, answering calls every hour, every day. To learn more about the fall volunteering at WISE starting on October 5th, visit or contact Kat at (603) 448-5922 or HYPERLINK “”

Mentors Needed
Windsor County Partners, a youth mentoring organization, is seeking caring adult volunteers to mentor area youth ages 10-17. For more information, call (802) 674-5101 or visit

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