Volunteer/Get Involved

Why Volunteer in Winooski?

Volunteers who dedicate their time to community service in Winooski are an essential part of what makes our City a special place to live, learn, and work. Much of Winooski’s vibrant community has been driven by a volunteer force - from youth to seniors and everyone in between. Many community members find personal and professional pride in volunteering. 

View our current volunteer opportunities below and apply online! Physical applications can be obtained and submitted at Winooski City Hall (27 West Allen Street, Winooski VT 05404). 

  1. Boards and Commissions

Development Review Board

The Development Review Board is a quasi-judicial volunteer resident board that upholds the standards and procedures defined in the Winooski Zoning Ordinance. 

Community Services Commission

The Community Services Commission is a diverse group of Winooski residents responsible for the strategic planning of the Community Services Department. 

Housing Commission 

The purpose of the Housing Commission is to engage the Winooski community in developing the vision of housing in Winooski in alignment with the Strategic Vision, and to assist with making strategic policy decisions to guide staff work.

Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is responsible for setting out land use and development policies for the City, as adopted by the City Council.

Public Safety Commission

The Public Safety Commission is responsible for strategic planning for the Public Safety Division at the City of Winooski.

Public Works Commission

The Public Works Commission is a standing group of residents tasked to assist with strategic planning for the Public Works Department at the City of Winooski.

  1. Community Justice Center

Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) Volunteer

Under the direction of the Winooski Community Justice Center, COSA Volunteers serve as a source of support and accountability for someone transitioning into the community after a period of incarceration (the core member). Volunteers with COSA meet once a week with two to three other volunteers and the core member. They walk with a core member as they transition from prison to community, and work through all of the changes and challenges that come with that transition.

  1. Recreation and Parks

Trail Crew Volunteer

Under the direction of Recreation and Parks Staff, Trail Crew Volunteers perform trail work at various City of Winooski owned trails. Volunteers will attend scheduled Volunteer Trail Day events!

Winooski Wednesday Crossing Guard

Under the direction of Recreation and Parks, Winooski Wednesday Crossing Guards will ensure safe road crossing for event attendants entering and exiting Rotary Park. Volunteers are needed from 5:50 PM - 8 PM on first Wednesday of the month (June - October 2019). 

Youth Football Assistant Coach

Under the direction of Recreation and Parks, Youth Football Assistant Coach Volunteers create a positive learning environment where children learn sportsmanship, fundamental skills, teamwork, and responsibility. Winooski’s youth programs emphasize skill development, fair play, teamwork, cooperation, sportsmanship, responsibility, and fun. The assistant coach’s job is to help facilitate a program that allows for youth to grow and develop skills safely. An assistant coach will engage directly with youth, while being a dependable resource for our head coaches.

  1. Regional Representatives

Green Mountain Transit Board of Commissioners

GMT is governed by a 13 member Board of Commissioners with two Commissioners representing Burlington and one Commissioner from Essex, Hinesburg, Milton, Shelburne, South Burlington, Winooski, Williston, Washington County, Franklin County, Lamoille County and Grand Isle County. Each Chittenden County commissioner is appointed to the GMT Board by their municipality. Commissioners representing Washington, Franklin, Lamoille and Grand Isle Counties are appointed by the Regional Planning Commission in that county. Board seats are held for a 3-year term. Commissioners set Board goals annually and these long-term goals guide the General Manager of GMT and the priorities of the Authority for that Fiscal Year.

The GMT Board has four standing committees: Finance, Strategy, Operations and Leadership.

The GMT Board of Commissioners meet on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Meetings are held at GMT’s administrative office, located at 15 Industrial Parkway in Burlington at 7:30 AM.

  1. Winooski Senior Center

Garden Volunteer

Under the direction of the Winooski Senior Center, Senior Center Garden Volunteers tend to the public garden/vegetable plots located at the Senior Center on 123 Barlow Street. Volunteer’s plant, weed, and water the public plots for the community to enjoy. Basic gardening tools provided. Staff support is available on site during senior programming hours, Tuesday - Friday 9 AM - 2 PM.

Meals on Wheels Delivery Driver

Under the direction of the Winooski Senior Center, Meals on Wheels Delivery volunteers help to combat hunger and to provide a lifeline and companionship for under-resourced community members who might otherwise be isolated. Meals on Wheels are delivered every weekday, Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM  - 11 AM. 

Tech Buddies Volunteer

Under the direction of the Winooski Senior Center, Tech Buddies help seniors navigate technology through hands-on teaching and assistance in order to resolve issues or confusion around technology devices and use. Tech Buddies is a versatile engagement opportunity for both youth and adults of various ages with proficiency in technology.

  1. Olivia Miller

    Community Engagement and Volunteer Coordinator

  2. Ray Coffey

    Community Services Director
    Phone: 802 373 0050