Celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Month in Shelburne

This article is part of a series written by the Shelburne Social Services Committee to provide information to Shelburne residents on local social services issues.

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month. In acknowledgement, the Social Services Committee would like to recognize the numerous volunteers in Shelburne. There are many opportunities for volunteers to make a difference in the lives of others, in our town, and in nearby communities. For those looking for a way to volunteer, the following resources are available:

One of the most thorough resources is the United Way Volunteer Connection – check their web site at www.unitedwaycc.org/volunteer.

Look for information on the summer 2014 Ways of Caring – short-term and special event volunteer opportunities during May, June, and July. Check out Neighbor Rides, which brings people and places together. Volunteers use their personal vehicle to transport seniors and persons with disabilities to life-sustaining and life-enriching activities throughout Chittenden County.

“Share Your Life Experience, Vlunteer with RSVP.” As a volunteer age 55 or older, your lifetime of experience can truly make a difference in our community. Be active, meet new friends, and enrich your life by volunteering with RSVP. RSVP of Chittenden County mobilizes volunteers age 55 and older to address community needs in Education, Income and Health. Visit www.unitedwaycc.org/volunteer/rsvp.

The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Chittenden and Grand Isle counties offers hundreds of volunteering opportunities, both long and short term. Volunteers at VNA have played a central role in their overall success since 1906. The VNA serves upwards of 5,000 individuals and families each year and could not do this without the help of its dedicated volunteers. Last year, nearly 600 individuals and community groups generously contributed their time and talents. Experience is not required – just a caring, can-do attitude and willingness to help make a difference. For more information, visit www.vnacares.org/volunteer.

Community volunteers deliver Meals on Wheels five days a week in the majority of the communities they serve. A hot, nutritious meal is provided that includes protein, vegetables, milk, juice, bread, and fruit. Favorite dishes are served regularly and special diets are also available. The visit by the volunteer is as vitally important as the healthy meal. Volunteers bring bright smiles and friendly greetings while checking to make sure seniors are safe and well. Visit www.cvaa.org/meals-on-wheels.html.

For more information about the Social Services Committee, contact Chair David Cranmer at 238-3332.