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Advisory Volunteering- Fall list of Advisory Volunteer Opportunities
- Nightmare Vermont and Spookyville Vermont are looking for volunteers to act in our productions or just help out with many of the other activities that go along with large shows. We are a charitable organization and we offer many volunteer activities for anyone who loves Halloween. For more information please feel free to visit our websites at http://www.nightmarevermont.org/ or http://spookyvillevermont.org/. You can also find us on Facebook at Nightmare or Spookyville. Since we started this organization about 10 years ago we have given over $100,000 to several different charities. This years charity is http://www.delsride.org/ The levels of involvement range greatly from carving a few pumpkins at our big pumpkin carving party (we have 500 pumpkins to carve for Spookyville) to acting in either show. To sign up, contact Gerald Stockman <firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Champlain Valley March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction is a fundraising event to be held at Shelburne Farms at the Coach Barn on September 16th, with all proceeds benefiting the March of Dimes Foundation. Chefs from around VT will provide food. The event organizers are looking for volunteers to help set up/clean up/buss tables during the event. Set up starts around 1:00-2:00PM continuing until around 4:00, and help busing tables/clean up from 4:00-8:00 PM.To volunteer, contact Felix Keydel, summer intern, March of Dimes--VT Chapter (802) 578-5402 or email email@example.com
- The Charlotte Tractor Parade is quickly approaching, Sunday, October 11, 2015. At this time we are looking for volunteers to help oversee and run the children's game area. We are in need of volunteers for both the morning (11:00 am - 1:30 pm) and afternoon (approximately 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm) shifts. If you have any interest in helping with either one or both shifts please call Cindy at 425-3331 or Carrie at 355-4246.
- Hinesburg Fall Festival is looking for volunteers to help with children's entertainment in the Kid Zone tent, playing simple games and helping with activities. The Festival is in late September. They are looking for help from about 10:30 to 2:00, 11-1 or help with setup or cleanup that would be great as well. To sign up, contact Rachel Kring, Coordinator Hinesburg Friends of Families (802) 482-4667 HinesburgFOF@gmail.com
- Vermont Foodbank is looking for volunteers interested in helping prep and process food for distribution. Great Group activity for advisories or a bunch of friends.Contact our Volunteer Coordinator Patrick Gilbert at 802-477-4127 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dismas House- Make a family style evening meal for 10-15 people at either the Burlington or Winooski locations. “Volunteers are an important part of our mission to reconcile former prisoners with society.” Contact Anne Hatch at 655-0381 or email at email@example.com (Burlington), or Sue Drollette at 655-0300 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a date for dinner.
- Salvation Army- The Family Kitchen program feeds dinner to anyone in need every Monday through Saturday night from 5-6pm. Volunteers can bring food or cook it on site. Preparation usually begins around 4pm. Call 864-6991 ext.101 to set up a date.
- Ronald McDonald House-Cook a delicious dinner or bake some tasty treats for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in downtown Burlington. Meal should feed 10-12 people and should include 1 entree, a side dish and a dessert. Equipment is provided; You bring ingredients. Call Deanna Cameron at 862-4943 or email at email@example.com to set up a date.
Up Coming and Ongoing...
- HUNGER FREE VERMONT’S Hike for Hunger! Saturday, September 26th, 2015. Catamount Outdoor Family Center, Williston
Enjoy a beautiful morning walk at Catamount Outdoor Family Center. Hike either a 1.5 mile or 3 mile loop. Raise funds as an individual or a team with your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues. Warm up with Evolution Yoga and cool down with a community celebration. Bagels, wood-fired pizza, desserts, bluegrass band, t-shirts and a prize for the top fundraiser!
Visit www.hungerfreevt.org for more details on this community celebration and fundraiser or contact Monica Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monica Taylor, Donor Relations Manager, Hunger Free Vermont, 38 Eastwood Drive ,Suite # 100, South Burlington, VT 05403
802.865.0255 | P 802.865.0266 | F www.hungerfreevt.org | www.vermontfoodhelp.com | www.schoolmealsvt.com
- Pierson Library- Local library in Shelburne is looking for a reliable volunteer willing to work part-time shelving books, working the front desk, or performing other duties within the library. Stop in or call 985-5124 for more information.
- Local Food Shelves- Donate food to the Shelburne (985-8436), Hinesburg (482-4946), Charlotte (Karen 425-3252) or Williston (735-6303 over age 16) food shelves. The Hinesburg Food Shelf is also looking for volunteers to help organize and distribute food. Hinesburg Food Shelf is open on Tuesday evenings from 5:30pm-7:30pm and on Fridays from 9am-12pm. Contact Penny Blanchett if you are interested: 482-2516. Or sort out foods and create baskets for needy Vermonters at Vermont Foodbank in Barre, VT. Contact Patrick Gilbert at 802-477-4127 or email@example.com
- The Boys and Girls Club, The King Street Youth Center, and The Sara Holbrook Center are looking for volunteers to help be a part of their programs. For more information about the available positions as well as other information, contact The Boys and Girls Club (Burlington phone: 864-5263 or visit the volunteering page at www.bandgclub.org), The King Street Youth Center (email Gabriella at firstname.lastname@example.org) or The Sara Holbrook Center (Jenny Kounta, at (802) 862-6342 or email email@example.com).
- ECHO is looking for an Animal Care Assist. Help is needed with the day to day care, feeding and maintenance of the animals and their enclosures. **Must be 16 years old or older** If interested email Amanda Van Vranken at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 864-1848.
- Humane Society of Chittenden County-Various positions including animal care, dog walkers, cat and small animal socializers, and cleaners at the center in South Burlington. HSCC is also looking for people to foster animals who are in need of extra love and support. Visit www.chittendenhumane.org to learn more about volunteering and fostering animals.
- CVU Buddy Program- Buddy coordinator is looking for a volunteer to help with webpage support. Tasks include finding activities, resources, relevant articles, and helping create and manage a supporting webpage. Prior Buddy experience helpful. See Mary Anne Gatos in the Direction Center for more details.
- Teens Reaching Youth for the Environment (TRY) This program is sponsored by the UVM Extension Service. A team consists of two - four teens and an adult mentor who are trained to teach hands-on activities to younger students in grades K - 3 about renewable energy. For more information: contact Lauren Traister, 4-H Teen & Leadership Program Coordinator, email: Lauren.Traister@uvm.edu; phone; 866-260-5603 ext. 402. website (scroll on this linked page): Teens Reaching Youth for the Environment (TRY)
- Gleaning Volunteers Needed! at the Intervale Farm for Free Food Share - Help improve access to affordable, healthy, and local food by harvesting surplus vegetables from the fields of various farms in the Intervale and within Chittenden County. This gleaned produce will be distributed to low-income community members and social service agencies through the Intervale Free Food Share program. Glean with others on Thursday and Fridays throughout July through October. To sign up, visit this website or contact Sarah@intervale.org.
- The Haunted Forest usually held in October is suspending the event for 2015 while revitalizing the structure of the organization. Expect Haunted Forest in October of 2016 to celebrate its 35th year!
- Vermont Public Broadcasting Studios is looking for students to help with Vermont PBS’s Spooky Saturday Halloween party for kids 5th grade and under. The party has usually been held in October. We have two sessions: 8:30 to noon and noon to 3:30 pm. If you are interested, contact me at email@example.com or 802.343.4804 Charles L. Pizer, Community Engagement Director, Vermont PBS, 204 Ethan Allen Avenue, Colchester, VT 05446 802.654.3688 (Office)
- Big Truck Day- This annual event, filled with big trucks, face paint, friends, and fun is held each spring in Hinesburg. The proceeds benefit the Hinesburg Nursery School, a nonprofit, state licensed parent cooperative preschool for children ages 3-5 located adjacent to the Hinesburg Community School.
- Burlington Walk to defeat ALS- 3 mile walk around Burlington to support families touched by ALS in the Vermont area.
- Charlotte Tractor Parade - Volunteers Needed - Sunday in October.
Volunteers are needed to help facilitate games for children at the Charlotte Tractor Parade from 11 AM through 3 PM. Shifts are one hour each, but you are welcome to sign up for more than that. We have many slots to fill. This fun community service event includes a parade at 1 PM. There will probably be a bit of a break in the games while the kids watch the parade. The tractor parade and fair takes place at the corner of Hinesburg Road and Spear Street in Charlotte. If interested in helping out at this fun event, sign up on-line at https://tractorparade.bringit.bz or contact Trish Sulva at firstname.lastname@example.org. Great event to volunteer at with a friend.
- Connor B. Turnbaugh Run- "A Time to Give" annual fun run (5k or 10k) and fundraiser provides financial support to Vermont families that have a child diagnosed with pediatric cancer.Run or volunteer. email email@example.com for more information.
- COTS walk- A 3 mile walk around Burlington to help support the Committee On Temporary Shelter (COTS). Create a team and walk or raise money and donate to support such a great cause. Usually held in the first week of May.
- CROP Hunger Walk- The CROP walk raises money to help fight world hunger and poverty, and some of the proceeds will go towards local food shelves. Early October.
- CVU Access Craft Fair- One day event each fall raises support for Access Community Education Scholarship Fund. Held at CVU.
- Daffodil Days- Supported by the American Cancer Society. Individuals, groups and businesses take orders, prepare bouquets, pack and deliver flowers. Raises money to supports services and programs which ease the cancer experience for Vermont Cancer patients and survivors.
- Festival of Cultures- This annual festival exhibits a variety of different performance groups (Irish dancing, African drumming/dancing, Vietnamese group performing traditional song, Taiko drumming, Brazilian Percussion group), vendors, and different regional/cultural foods throughout the day. The Festival of Cultures is a significant fundraiser for the Sara Holbrook Center, a local childcare organization.
- First Night Burlington- Annual New Year's Eve party on the Burlington Waterfront needs 300+ volunteers each year to run this fun celebration. Sign up for this year at www.firstnightburlington.com.
- Green Mountain Sled Hockey Classic- Fun filled sled hockey tournament between teams from Vermont, Connecticut, New York, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. Hosted by the Northeast Disabled Athletic Association, CSB Hockey and the Northeast Sled Hockey League.
- Green-Up Day- "Green Up Day launched Vermont's environmental ethic and has been a strong and continuing influence in generating support for the environmental movement in Vermont." A day for cleaning up trash in our beautiful state of Vermont. Happens early in May.
- Haunted Forest- Volunteers needed each fall: performance characters, make up artists, pumpkin carvers, set builders/painters. Fill out application at www.thehauntedforest.org. Come Help Us Light The Way Through The Forest Where: Catamount Outdoor Family Center
Haunted Forest needs YOU! To bring the forest to life. We are still looking for several positions. Please contact Katie 893.238.0923 or firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-238-0923
- Haunted Happenings- Fun day for kids to trick or treat and play games while you help hand out candy. Email email@example.com or call (802) 985-3346 x 3391 for positions. (October)
- Hike for Hunger- Hike held every year to raise money to support programs in Vermont who are trying to end the injustice of hunger and malnutrition for all Vermonters.Organize a Hike for Hunger for you school or volunteer at a hike in your area.
- Hinesburg Harvest Festival- Fall festival held each year in Hinesburg to celebrate the coming Fall harvest. Volunteers needed to keep events running smoothly.
- Kelly Brush Foundation Bike Ride- 100 mile bike ride to support Spinal Cord Injury research and also awards grants to individuals suffering from a spinal cord injuries. Volunteers should call the Kelly Brush Foundation office at 802-846-5298 or email Betsy Cabrera at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- KOOL 105's Camp TaKumTa-thon- Radio station KOOL 105's annual “Camp TaKumTa-thon” raises money to send kids with cancer to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta over the summer.
- Laura's March to end Violence Towards Women- Local 5K walk/run to support victims of sexual assault and domestic violence restorative services. Create a walking team and raise money, or contact the Women Helping Battered Women office at 1-802-658-313.
- Lucy's Love Bus- An organization that eases the suffering of pediatric cancer patients by providing free integrative therapies such as massage, acupuncture, and therapeutic horseback riding to children with cancer or are coping with late effects of prior cancer treatment. Raise money to donate to the organization or visit their website for more ideas.
- Make A Wish Foundation- A foundation who grants wishes to Vermont children with life threatening medical conditions. By granting their wishes, the foundation provides children with hope that wishes can come true. Multiple events throughout the year.
- Making Strides against Breast Cancer Walk- Annual walk (usually in mid October) to raise money to help fight against breast cancer. Guaranteed good time with food, dancing, and games. Come and celebrate the lives of women living with and surviving breast cancer.
- Mother's Day Bike Ride- The Mother's Day Bike Ride benefits the Lund Family Center of Vermont, which aids young mothers who would otherwise have difficulty raising their kids due to lack or support or financial aid. Contact the Lund Family Center's volunteer coordinator for further information.
- NAMI Walk- National Alliance on Mental Illness is a national organization that provides support, education, and advocacy on behalf of individuals and their families living with mental illness in Vermont. 5K walk through Burlington. Click here for more information or to become a walker.
- Paint the Pasture Color Run on in October from 8:30 to 10:30. Make-a-Difference Day event organizers are looking for volunteers for registration, set-up, sunglasses and paint sales, paint stations, clean-up. Those interested should e-mail Kelly Austin at email@example.com or Amy Dubrul at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Pedals for Progress- A organization who donates recycled bikes and sewing machines to people in the developing world so they will be able to learn new skills and get around efficiently and in environmentally sound way.
- Penguin Plunge- Take a icy dip into Lake Champlain each February to support the Vermont Special Olympics. (Early February)
- Pennies for Patients- Supported by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, students are called to collect pennies or coins in their schools to raise money for people with blood cancers. Cancer Bites! is the 'high school version' and spreads awareness through the popular theme of vampires.
- People Helping People Global Valentine's Day Event- This fun annual event helps raise money for various projects around the world that are geared towards helping make people's everyday lives easier.
- Polar Express Train- Become an elf for a night or two as you welcome children arriving in the North Pole! The Vermont Children's Trust raises money to support programs to promote the well being of Vermont's children. Visit www.vtchildrenstrust.org for more details on the event.
- RaceVermont- A local organization that organizes many races (running, biking, triathlon) throughout Vermont. RaceVermont is always looking for volunteers at every event. If you can help, visit racevermont.com and fill out a volunteer form, or email Rayne at email@example.com.
- South End Art Hop- Event to show off Burlington area artists in Burlington's south end. Open studios, art and fashion shows keep everyone having fun. Many volunteers are needed for the show to go on. Visit here to learn more about volunteering at the Art Hop. (Early December).
- Strike Out Senior Hunger- Annual Bowl-a-thon will fundraise pledges to help Strike Out Senior Hunger. Sponsored by the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging.
- Vermont Walk to Cure Diabetes- Supports the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRFI), an organization dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes. (Usually in May).
- Vermont Walk to End Alzheimer's- sponsored in September by Vermont Chapter, Alzheimer's Association in Williston. Event is designed to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's research, support, and care.
- Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired Walk-a-thon- Annual 2 mile walk to support Vermonters with vision problems and enable them to achieve and maintain their independence in life. Teams or individual walkers welcomed at this fun event.
- Walk for Wishes- Event organized my the Make-a-Wish foundation to raise money to help grant wishes to children facing life-threatening conditions.
- Walk To End Alzheimer's- Join the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's and unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions. With more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's, and nearly 11 million more serving as caregivers, the time to act is now! Only 1.5 miles--you can do it!
- With Love from Vermont- The Vermont based organization aims to help alleviate hunger in Vermont. The organization also partners with Feed My Starving Children to put on a huge food packaging even in which all the food is then distributed to people in need of food. The annual foodpack is a great group volunteering opportunity.
- Women Can Do!- Annual trades and technology exploration conference for high school girls. Many different workshops offered for high school girls to learn about jobs they can do just as well as men!
- Zoe's Race- An annual race (1K fun run or 5K race) put on by the Howard Center that raises money for Vermont families who have disabled children, but do not have the financial means to renovate their house in order to accommodate to their child’s needs.(Usually in late August)
- Zumbathon- Annual Zumbathon raises money to benefit Women Helping Battered Women, an organization dedicated to helping and diminsihing domestic violence in our communities.
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