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Circles of Support and Accountability Program (CoSA)

We're looking for CoSa volunteers! The Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) program is designed for individuals who are currently or recently incarcerated who are often marginalized and have few, if any, natural social supports. The City of Winooski has partnered with the Essex Community Justice Center to ensure that CoSA volunteers continue to provide this essential service and help keep our community safe. CoSA volunteers are often the key to creating meaningful connections and achieving successful reentry for those returning to our communities. 

  • What is a Circle of Support and Accountability? 

The core of the CoSA Program is the mantra “No More Victims”. The Circle of Support and Accountability (COSA) is an evidence-based model of engaging with someone who is coming out of incarceration, who wants to make changes and be a law-abiding citizen, and who is at risk to re-offend because of a number of issues, including a lack of support from friends, family, and their community. A COSA is a team of 3-4 trained community volunteers and a Reentry Coordinator, who works at the Community Justice Center. To learn more about this model, visit the VT Dept. of Human Service’s CoSA page.

  • How CoSA works in 2021

In adherence to the social distancing policies set out by the CDC and the Vermont Department of Health, the CoSA program has returned to in-person meetings (outdoors with no masks unless a person chooses to wear one, or is not vaccinated yet).  Staff provides all training and support for CoSA Volunteers. The CoSA team meets weekly with clients, or “core-members”, where volunteers:

  • develop pro-social relationships
  • promote internal accountability
  • provide support, coaching, & mentoring
  • serve as a role model of behavior and positive activity
  • converse about daily struggles
  • anticipate challenges 
  • have fun!

After building trust over time, volunteers may choose to engage in one-on-one mentoring and/or social activities with a core member.

Interested? Click here to apply today!

Want to learn more? Questions regarding this program can be sent to:

Meals on Wheels

Our Meals on Wheels program is made possible through a special partnership with Age Well. The Winooski route is expanding as more residents are requesting meals - are you are looking for a simple way to make a huge impact in the community? This is the opportunity for you! We are currently looking for volunteers to deliver meals Monday - Friday. Meal pick-up starts at 9:30 AM at the Winooski Senior Center. The current route only takes about 1.5 hours. 

Policy Commissions 

The City of Winooski is searching for engaged and dedicated residents to serve on our policy commissions! These opportunities are an excellent way to get involved in the public process. Are you a new resident looking to get connected to your neighbors? Are you a long-time resident looking for a new way to give back to the community and make important community decisions on a monthly basis? Applicants with related experience, skill sets, and interests are encouraged to apply. See the current openings below to learn more and apply today!

Winooski Planning Commission

The Winooski Planning Commission is responsible for setting out land use and development policies for the City, as adopted by the City Council. Vermont statute lays out broad policies; these are tailored locally in each community. The Municipal Development Plan is the land use policy document for the City and is implemented through the Unified Land Use Regulations Both Plan and Ordinance are work-products of the Commission. Join us on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM. 

Winooski Housing Commission

The Winooski Housing 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." The Winooski Housing Commission is currently focused on executing the Housing Trust Fund and reviewing policies related to affordable housing opportunities. Join us on the 4th Monday of the month at 6 PM.

Safe, Healthy, Connected People Commission

The Safe, Healthy, Connected People Commission is a policy advising group to the City Council and serves to implement its Strategic Vision area as outlined in the City's 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." This commission works with the City's Community Services and Public Safety departments, which include Police, Fire, Code, Recreation & Parks, the Winooski Memorial Library, the Winooski Senior Center, and Thrive After School. Join us on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM.

Run/Ride Bike Ambassadors

Under the direction of Winooski Recreation and Parks, Run/Ride Club Ambassadors will aid the Recreation Programs Manager in the creation and facilitation of weekly (weather-dependent) group runs/rides. These weekly community exercise opportunities will cater to all skill levels all while remaining local, reminding participants that Winooski has plenty to offer in terms of fun, safe opportunities to get on your bike or go for a run.

Winooski Gardening Group

The Mission of the Winooski Gardening Group is to beautify Winooski public area gardens using monetary donations and to advocate for the conservation and appreciation of plants in the City of Winooski.

Winooski Memorial Library

Library Clerk Volunteer

Under the direction of the Winooski Memorial Library, Library Clerk Volunteers perform clerical duties that keep the library organized and running smoothly. In addition to administrative duties, clerks will help to keep the library a safe space to enjoy and make sure guests are adhering to social distancing/mask-wearing and CDC guidelines as they pertain to the library.

Library Dungeon Master Volunteer

Under the direction of Winooski Memorial Library, Dungeon Master Volunteers will organize and document weekly Dungeons and Dragons (DnD) gaming sessions, coordinate communication among program participants, lead collaborative and improvisational storytelling adventures, and encourage a fun and cooperative gaming environment. The ability to communicate with sensitivity with youthful and diverse participants is essential.

Conversation Circle Facilitator

Under the direction of Winooski Memorial Library, the Conversation Circle Facilitator will lead our upcoming world language conversation program designed for adults interested in learning a new language! Volunteers will aid in supporting participants to gain knowledge and confidence in a casual learning environment all while keeping their skill levels and goals in mind.

  1. Ray Coffey

    Community Services Director
    Phone: 802 373 0050

  2. Molly Schneider

    AmeriCorps VISTA Community Engagement Coordinator
    Phone: 802 655 1392