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 Volunteer Update
Many community members have inquired about volunteering during this difficult time and are interested in helping their neighbors. For the time being, the City of Winooski has postponed all current volunteer opportunities and activities to focus our attention on COVID-19 related requests.
Our top priority is the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, and residents while following the state-wide goals of minimizing transmission and promoting social distancing. This application does not guarantee a volunteer position, but we will do our best to safely place people appropriately for recognized needs. We are carefully monitoring information and recommendations about COVID-19. We strongly encourage anyone who is not feeling well to stay at home.
We encourage everyone to continue to get their COVID-19 updates and follow the recommendations from the Vermont Department of Health website: healthvermont.gov/COVID-19
For Winooski-specific updates, visit winooskivt.gov/covid-19.
March 31, 2020: Governor Scott Calls on Vermonters to Support COVID-19 Response
Governor Phil Scott is calling all Vermonters into service with the launch of a new website allowing people to sign up for volunteer assistance to support the state’s response to COVID-19: https://vermont.gov/volunteer.
Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA)
The Winooski Community Justice Center is looking for volunteers for the Circles of Support and Accountability Program (CoSA). As you may know, the State of Vermont Department of Public Safety has authorized vulnerable incarcerated individuals to return to their communities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These individuals are often marginalized and have few, if any, natural social supports. During this difficult time of isolation and stress, the Winooski Community Justice Center 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!
Questions regarding this program can be sent to: