Volunteer/Get Involved

Volunteer Appreciation Video 2019-2020

Although we cannot gather for the annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, we would like to show our gratitude with a video thanking all City of Winooski Volunteers. We do not have photos of all the incredible volunteers, but we hope this short clip will remind you of your importance to the community. Thank you! 

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.

Halloween in Winooski 2020

Event support is needed - we're looking for volunteers to help set up and light 1000 jack-o-lanterns in Rotary Park. 

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're always looking for delivery drivers. 

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