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COVID-19 Volunteering 

Many community members have inquired about volunteering during this difficult time and are interested in helping their neighbors. Our top priority is the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, and residents while following the state-wide goals of minimizing transmission.

Nordic Skiing Volunteer

Under the direction of the Winooski Recreation and Parks, in partnership with the Catamount Trail Association, the Nordic Skiing Volunteer will support our Nordic Skiing at Gilbrook program. This exciting outdoor opportunity takes place in the trail network of the Gilbrook Natural Area right here in Winooski. Volunteers will help facilitate the distribution of equipment to drop-in participants and answer any questions/provide assistance to less experienced Nordic skiers.

Exercise Video Instructor 

Under the direction of the Winooski Recreation and Parks, Exercise Video Instructor Volunteers will work with our team to record exercise, wellness, or fitness classes in their area of expertise to be posted on our outreach channels and accessed by community members. 

Winooski Run/Ride Club Ambassadors

Under the direction of 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.

Eco-Educator Volunteer

Under the direction of Winooski Recreation & Parks, in partnership with the Winooski Valley Parks District, the Eco-Educator volunteer will lead a group of kids through Winooski’s natural parks introducing them to the wildlife living as their neighbors. Each week, for six sessions, the Eco Educator will assist students in their exploration of local birds and animals. They will provide structure so that the participants may gain an understanding of how to use binoculars, basic tracking techniques, and snowshoes. Students will journal their findings in this ecological investigation of their hometown. Ultimately, our volunteer will work alongside Winooski’s Youth Programs Coordinator to help facilitate a fun and educational experience for middle schoolers.

Meals on Wheels

Our Meals on Wheels program is made possible through our partnership with Age Well and is operated through the Winooski Senior Center. We are currently looking for volunteers to assist in processing and packaging meals daily from 8:30 AM – 10 AM. We currently have all the volunteers currently needed at this time, but please feel free to apply to have your application on file!

Trex® Plastic Recycling Program

Under the direction of Recreation and Parks, Trex® Plastic Recycling Program Volunteers will ensure the continuation and success of Winooski’s plastic bag collection program. Volunteers will collect, weigh, and deliver plastic bags as well as encourage the community to be more aware of plastic use.

Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) Volunteer

The Winooski Police Department has partnered with the Essex Community Justice Center to ensure that CoSA volunteers continue to provide this essential service. 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 during COVID-19

In adherence to the social distancing policies set out by the CDC and the Vermont Department of Health, volunteers will attend our training session and provide services to clients remotely via a video teleconferencing platform such as Zoom. Staff provides all training and support for CoSA Volunteers. There is no expectation for in-person contact during this time. The CoSA team hosts a virtual/remote weekly meeting 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.

  1. Ray Coffey

    Community Services Director
    Phone: 802 373 0050

  2. Molly Schneider

    AmeriCorps VISTA Community Engagement Coordinator
    Phone: 802 655 1392