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Volunteer Opportunities
RSVP & The Volunteer Center provides individuals with a variety of interesting and diverse volunteer opportunities available throughout Rutland and Addison County in many non-profit agencies. Interested volunteers can call either office to inquire further or click on the Volunteer Match links to check the details on an assortment of possibilities right now!

Click here for Addison County Volunteer Opportunities

Click here for Rutland County Volunteer Opportunities

After you have spoken to one of our Volunteer Coordinators, it may be convenient for you to print out the registration form, complete it and mail it directly to the office in your county.

Addison County: 802.388.7044 (Registration Form)
Rutland County: 802.775.8220 (Registration Form)

Here is a just a sample of the kinds of opportunities you can take advantage of if you become an RSVP/VC volunteer.

In Community/Administrative/Business:
Want to polish up your computer skills and help others? Many nonprofit organizations are looking for office assistance, including data entry. Most are willing to train if you have some basic knowledge and motivation. A few hours of filing or photocopying or paper shredding or just answering the phone frees agencies’ staffs to serve their clients better. Support your favorite cause—women and children, environment and reuse, hunger, community development. Help by serving on the board for your variety charitable or non profit organization.

Winter can put stress on families and that is reflected in the needs of the many social service agencies in the area. You can help support the staff and mission of an organization by providing administrative back up or, in some cases, direct work with clients in day care, schools, after school programs and nursing homes. Your energy, interest and enthusiasm are needed at this time of year!

Fundraising takes all shapes and forms. How about trying one of these: Retail Display Artist to design creative displays, Book Enthusiast to evaluate donated books, Antiques Maven to help determine the age and worth of items, and a Vinyl Fanatic to sort through hundred of old records and appraise them. Your experience will help raise funds for a United Way Agency in Addison County. Don’t like to be tied down to a weekly schedule, but want to volunteer and be part of a group? Let us call you for bulk, nonprofit mailings of newsletters, etc.

Childrens Services/Education:
Tutors, mentors, readers, and after school project helpers, classroom helpers, library assistants, clerical aides, story tellers, child care assistants, adult nurturers, craft project aides, person to share knowledge of language arts, solar system, or individuals to share personal hobbies. Person to play chess, checkers, or share science or historical information.. All Addison and Rutland County area schools are in need of help especially for lunch time and after school programs. Please call for more information on school needs. Rutland County Reads and the After School Buddies programs are in need of volunteers to spend time with our area youngsters. The RSVP Operation Dolls & More Program in Rutland County and Toys For Tots in Addison County are both wonderful programs aimed making the holidays special for stuggling families.

Love infants and toddlers? Four area agencies in Addison County would love to have you visit their programs-- hold and rock babies, read and play with toddlers, help with lunch and snacks. What could be more fun? Share your love of reading! Schools are seeking adults to read with kids as little as 1⁄2 hour a week.

Or do you like spending time with the older kids? The teen center in Addison County would love to have you join in activities and be a good role model for 12-17 year olds. Want something more structured? How about tutoring or making presentations of your special interest to middle or high school students? Or advocate for children in the court system. A guardian ad litem actively participates in the legal process and is there to represent the best interest of the child. Training and supervision provided. The Boys and Girls Club of Rutland County is always in need of volunteers to work in one of the many programs they offer to the youth of Rutland County.

In Health Care
Volunteers needed to help at blood drawings, visit patients, assist at clinics, assist with receptionist, courier, and clerical needs. Help organize programs that will assist needy community members, entertain nursing home residents, craft assistants, home care visitors.Volunteer to periodically visit area nursing homes to monitor quality of life. (Training will be given).

Council on Aging is in need of friendly visitors and community members to assist shut ins. Any health professional (counselor, doctor, nurse, pharmacist) willing to share health information with seniors is needed for health program at Godnick Adult Center in Rutland . Want to advance health care for all? Be an advocate, assist folks with questions, provide information on health access and health insurance to businesses and child care programs? In Addison County, two local programs that advocate for seniors and their health and health insurance are seeking more volunteers. One program visits seniors in residential and assisted living situations and monitors their care. The other helps seniors understand their insurance coverage. Training, support and supervision is provided for both. All year long adult day care and residential facilities are looking for activity assistants and friendly folk to visit with frail elders in both counties. RSVP Bone Builders classes are in need of volunteer trainers.  Hospice and Palliative care volunteers are needed to work with families and individuals.  Training is provided.  Rutland Regional Medical Center and Porter Hospital rely heavily on volunteers to provide services such as couriering and front desk attendants. Volunteers are thoroughly trained.

In Human Services & Adult Services:

How about volunteering one day a month or one day a week to deliver meals to local seniors or work at a congregate meal site serving folks meals? Your hour will brighten the day for many! We all donate nonperishable goods to food drives, but how about going one step further by helping behind the scenes.- help stock food shelves, deliver food items or pick up food when individuals or companies donate. Tax consultants are needed to provide services through the AARP Tax Program. Drivers are needed for the One-2-One program, in Rutland County and the ACTR program in Addison County, transporting seniors to essential needs appointments. Volunteers are needed to assist at a therapeutic horseback riding center that works with individuals. Osher Lifelong Learning needs volunteers to serve on their various committees, helping plan speakers, programs and logistics. RSVP TeleCare needs volunteers to make telephone check in calls and engage in friendly conversations with homebound or isolated seniors.  Do you know how to play Bridge or do Sudoku puzzles?  Volunteers are needed to teach seniors how to play Bridge or do Sudoku puzzles.  These types of activities have been shown to keep folks more cognitively alert and healthy. 

Knitters and sewers needed. Sewers needed to help out with RSVP Operation Dolls and More project.  Individuals that will donate yarn, fabric, ribbon, used and new dolls, books, and toys for our many agency projects are needed. Musicians needed for as little as one hour per month. Families needed to volunteer as a group. Folks interested in helping seniors learn computer skills are needed for a program at the Godnick Center in Rutland . Be an Adult Education volunteer or assist with the Osher Lifelong Learning Program. Rutland County Corrections Department is in need of community volunteers for variety of programs. Reading book club moderators needed for once a month book discussion for adults and youth.

Or use your sewing, knitting or crocheting talents at home on your own schedule. We will distribute your hand made goods, such as hats and mittens, to schools and “Christmas Shops” in Addison County . “Warm Hands–Warm Hearts” participants are in need of yarn. If you are cleaning out your closets think of us. Or if you love to knit, give us a call.

In The Arts:
with hobbies and collections that are willing to share interests and expertise are needed to do enrichment projects Folks interested in becoming Clowns. Local museums seek volunteers to act as tour guides and shop attendants other volunteer needs at museums continue with school programs throughout the school year. Gift shop attendants, artists, office workers, ushers for cultural events, marketing assistants, individuals to teach and share hobbies and talents. Pie and cake makers willing to do baking projects.

E-Mail us to get involved!
Remember your community needs you! Volunteering makes
a world of difference!

>> Addison County Volunteer Registration Form (PDF)
>> Rutland County Volunteer Registration Form (PDF)