Volunteer Opportunities

Therapeutic Recreation Volunteer Wanted at Mt. Ascutney Hospital
Do you love visiting with people and finding out what is meaningful to them?  Would you like to find out what would help people to improve their quality of life while recovering from an illness, surgery or injury?  If so, we are looking a bright and caring person to volunteer 2-4 hours a week in the Therapeutic Recreation Department at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center. For more information, please contact Michael Denmeade, director of Therapeutic Recreation, at 802-674-7293 or by e-mail at Michael.Denmeade@mahhc.org.

GAL Program Needs Volunteers
Windsor County GAL Program needs volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children in the Family Court. Contact Alicia Connors at 802-299-0074.

Senior Solutions Seeking Advisory Council Volunteers
One of Vermont’s oldest and largest senior citizen social service agencies needs volunteers from several Woodstock-area towns to join its Advisory Council. Senior Solutions is a nonprofit group serving 47 communities in Windsor and Windham counties, providing seniors with critical information and assistance like Meals on Wheels, health insurance and mental health counseling, transportation, exercise programs, home based social services and caregiver support. The Advisory Council provides advocacy and suggestions on furthering the nonprofits’ goals. For more information about joining Senior Solutions Advisory Council, call Dianne Barden at 802-885-2655 or dbarden@seniorsolutionsvt.org.

Hartford Dismas House Needs Volunteer Cooks
Hartford Dismas House, a 10-bed transitional home reconciling prisoners and society, needs volunteer cooks. Cook at home or at Dismas House and join residents and staff for the evening meal at 6 p.m. Cook with family, friends or co-workers — from one to three people per meal are ideal.  Both occasional and regular monthly cooks are needed, especially for Fridays.  We’re located in Hartford Village. Contact debbie@dismasofvermont.org or 802-698-8661 for more information.

Upper Valley Haven Needs Volunteers
Become part of a team. Whether you have four or 20 hours each month; whether you are available year round or seasonally, there are many ways that your skills and time can be used to help. The Upper Valley Haven, which provides shelter and education to those who are homeless, and food, clothing and support to anyone in need, is looking for volunteers in a variety of activities. Please contact Volunteer Services Coordinator Amber Johnston at 802-478-1805 or at laura@uppervalleyhaven.org.

Mentoring Program Offered
OCP’s Mentor and Buddy Program is a school/community based mentoring program operated by the Ottauquechee Community Partnership and the Windsor Central Supervisory Union. The program works with students from second grade and up connecting positive caring adults from the community with young people. If you’d like to learn more, call OCP at 457-2679.

TeleCare Program Needs Call Recipients
If you live alone and could benefit from receiving a friendly phone call several times each week to make sure you are fine, then check out Green Mountain RSVP and Volunteer Center’s TeleCare program. The center has trained volunteers who are ready and waiting to call you. For more information, call Linda Husband in Windsor County at 885-2083, Peter Seares in Windham County at 254-7515, or Susan Armstrong in Bennington County at 447-1545.

Reading 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 484-5588, send an email to reading.public.library@comcast.net, or drop in at 717 Route 106.

Adult Mentors Needed for Local Youth
Windsor County Partners is the youth mentoring organization that serves all of Windsor County by custom matching caring, trustworthy adults with youth in the community.  WCP matches children ages 7 – 12 with screened adults, and nurtures those relationships through high school graduation.  Mentoring pairs spend about two hours per week together, enjoying and discovering common interests, hobbies, and activities in the area.  Ongoing support is provided to all partnerships.
To learn more, contact Windsor County Partners at 802-674-5101 or programswc@outlook.com, follow us on Facebook, or visit our website at www.wcpartners.org.

Volunteers Needed at Zack’s Place
There are many one-time volunteer opportunities such as stuffing envelopes, organizing a closet and taking the air conditioner out. There are also longer opportunities such as offering a class, being a weekly reader or participating in the musical. If you have an hour or multiple hours and would like to help out a wonderful organization, please contact Nerissa Edwards at vtnerissa@gmail.com.

Host Families Needed for Students
Wouldn’t you love to share Vermont with a high school exchange student from one of 70 countries? These young people have a sincere desire to experience and understand America — by participating in the everyday activities your family takes for granted. PAX students speak English and many were selected for prestigious programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. As a volunteer host family, you provide your new son or daughter a bed, a place to study and a seat at the dining table. They come with their own spending money and medical insurance. Local community coordinators provide support throughout the academic year. Contact Carol Harry at 763-8014 or tylumo@yahoo.com and visit pax.org.

Help Needed at Health Connections
Health Connections of the Upper Valley needs a volunteer to help with about 5-8 hours worth of light clerical work. Knowledge of Microsoft Word is required.  Please contact Cathy Hazlett at 457-4780 or cathy@hcuv.org.

Sunday Customer Service Volunteers Needed at National Park
National Park seeks Sunday Customer Service volunteers: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock needs you to help staff a visitor information desk for a few hours on Sundays. Training provided: come join the team! Call 802-457-3368, ext. 222.