Here are five places to volunteer in northwestern Vermont

VERMONT – It’s the holiday season! A perfect time for self-reflection and to seek out opportunities to connect with your community.

There are plenty of ways to volunteer locally to give back to your community. Whether you like to work with kids, spend time outside, or support seniors, here are a few ideas to get you started.

Age Well – Meals on Wheels
For those searching for a way to connect with the older generation, Age Well needs volunteers for Meals on Wheels.

These volunteers deliver nutritious meals to seniors who may have trouble preparing food or accessing transportation in their communities. Volunteers give a friendly visit and provide safety checks to ensure the people they visit will be okay in an emergency.

Volunteer drivers are needed in Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle counties.

United Way – Foster Grandparents
Foster Grandparents help mentor and provide wisdom to children in schools. They must be ages 55 and over. This program is a part of Americorps Seniors and volunteers may qualify for a small stipend.

Girls on the Run – Coach
Help inspire girls to run and be healthy. There is no need to be a runner, the only requirement is to have a desire to help the next generation.

Coaches must commit 4-5 hours each week to hold practice. Coach registration is now open and the season starts the week of March 18, 2024.

Vermont Adaptive – Instructor
Those who love and are experienced in sports and/or the outdoors might enjoy volunteering to help people with disabilities have fun being active.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and an advanced intermediate-level skier/rider or an experienced cyclist, rock climber, or paddler.

Volunteers must be present for all training sessions and orientation and volunteer at least five days per year.

ReSOURCE – Volunteer
Volunteer to work at ReSOURCE in Burlington, Williston, Woodstock or Barre and help with stocking, cleaning and/or mentoring students in the youth build program.

No retail experience is needed and volunteers receive a 35% discount at the thrift store after five hours of service.

Written by Jean MacBride for SAMessenger

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