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

Charter Commission    

This Commission is a task-oriented Commission stood up from time-to-time to advise the City Council on potential changes to the Municipal Charter, the foundational governance document of the City of Winooski.  Re-established in 2019, this Commission is charged with examining options to present Winooski voters with a charter change that would enable non-citizen residents to vote in Winooski municipal elections, protect Winooski voter information, align the School and City’s charters, and consider additional governance changes identified by the Council, staff, and public.  As part of this process, the Commission is charged with conducting public outreach to the community through public information sessions, forums, and direct outreach.

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. 

Finance Commission    

This Commission is a policy advising group to the City Council.  It serves to advise the Council on implementing the Economic Vitality Strategic Vision area as outlined in the Master Plan and ensuring the City maintains an overall strong financial position. 

Economic Vitality: "Maintain and expand our economic development to ensure long-term vibrancy."

Housing Commission    

This Commission is a policy advising group to the City Council. It serves to advise the Council on implementing the Housing Strategic Vision area as outlined in the Master Plan.

Housing: "Ensure a mix of quality housing that maintains and enhances Winooski’s unique sense of place and supports the needs of the entire community."

Municipal Infrastructure Commission    

This Commission is a policy advising group to the City Council and serves to implement its Strategic Vision area as outlined in the Master Plan.

Municipal Infrastructure:  "Invest in the City’s municipal infrastructure, including energy resources, facilities and technology; roads and sidewalks; and water, sewer, and storm water lines and facilities. Infrastructure investment will make our City safe and accessible to residents and visitors while recognizing the critical role that we play in the region’s system."

Planning Commission

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

Safe, Healthy, Connected People Commission    

This Commission is a policy advising group to the City Council and serves to implement its Strategic Vision area as outlined in the Master Plan.

Safe, Healthy, Connected People: "Foster relationships across generations and cultures by providing a safe and healthy environment and providing opportunities to connect and engage with other residents of the City."

  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 Engagement Volunteer

Under the direction of the Volunteer Coordinator, the Youth Engagement Volunteer will keep youth actively engaged in various drop-in activities happening at the O’Brien Community Center. Activities could include a pick-up basketball or dodgeball game, talking with youth, board/card games, or craft projects. There is also the opportunity for you to develop your own activity with youth which can be discussed with the Volunteer Coordinator. There will be a staff member supporting you on-site at all times.

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

Town Meeting Television Trustee

Under the direction of the Chittenden County Government Access Channel Trust, Town Meeting Television Trustees play an important role in the present and future of Channel 17/ Town Meeting Television. Town Meeting TV Trustees are appointed by the elected bodies of its member municipalities (Burlington, South Burlington, Essex, Essex Junction, Winooski, Williston, and Colchester). The Trustees are responsible for policy, negotiations with local cable companies, and financial matters. Trustees may be elected or appointed from the community at large and serve at the pleasure of their member municipalities.

Town Meeting Television airs local government meetings and community events on Comcast, Burlington Telecom, ch17.tv, and YouTube. In addition to coverage of public events, Town Meeting TV offers training, equipment and production opportunities for members of the public with a local story tell or an issue to mobilize. Town Meeting TV is operated on behalf of the Trustees by CCTV Center for Media & Democracy and is part of a network of 25 community media centers that serve all corners of Vermont.

Questions? Feel free to reach out to Lauren-Glenn Davitian - Executive Director, CCTV Center for Media & Democracy: davitian@cctv.org

  1. Winooski Memorial Library

Homework Help Tutor and Engagement

Under the direction of the Winooski Memorial Library, HW Help Tutor and Engagement Volunteers help youth by, offering homework help support, participating in activities, and playing a mentorship role to youth in the library. Activities could include a pick-up basketball or dodgeball game, talking with youth, board/card games, or craft projects. Volunteers are to be a positive role model for kids. This is a flexible role that will form to the needs of the youth.

  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. 

Morning Support Volunteer

Under the direction of the Winooski Senior Center, Morning Support Volunteers will be the first friendly face that people see as they walk in. Morning Support will greet seniors, encourage senior engagement, answer the phones, and assist with our nutrition programs.

Nutrition Support Volunteer

Under the direction of the Winooski Senior Center, Nutrition Support Volunteers perform tasks in the Kitchen to support our nutrition program. This could include basic food prep, chopping of vegetables, serving food, using the dishwasher, cleaning tables, and more. Hours: Tuesday 10-1.

  1. Olivia Miller

    Community Engagement and Volunteer Coordinator

  2. Ray Coffey

    Community Services Director
    Phone: 802 373 0050