Volunteer Opportunities Guide
Students will find an array of opportunities for volunteer service, service learning, and community action here in Addison County and beyond. A list of organizations and their contact information are arranged by category below (click category name to view). Don’t see what you are looking for? Have another idea? Be sure to stop by Adirondack House and talk to the civic engagement program staff, and we’ll help you get started.
Art & Historic Preservation
Addison County has a vibrant community of arts organizations and museums. Many students partner with these organizations through their coursework, but others become involved via personal interest.
Art on Main
Art on Main is a nonprofit community arts center and cooperative gallery committed to advancing the arts and building a vibrant arts community.
Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History
The Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History is a nonprofit, local history museum exhibiting Vermont furniture, portraits, household objects, and other artifacts.
The Rokeby Museum preserves and interprets the landscape, buildings, and collections of this remarkable family. Rokeby is Vermont's best-documented
The essence of Community Development is building on existing assets and strengths of a community to effect change. The organizations featured on this list employ a variety of strategies to impact the lives of Addison County residents from across the socioeconomic spectrum and bring people together to meet common goals. Volunteers interested in social justice, fund-raising, nonprofit management, grant-proposal writing, grant allocations, and community organizing will likely find stimulating work with these agencies.
ACLU-VT (American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont)
The ACLU-VT is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to the defense of individual rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and the Vermont Constitution.
Addison County Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber of Commerce needs assistance with researching bills during the legislative session and mailing and distributing their monthly newsletter.
Addison County Regional Planning Commission
The ACRPC seeks to provide a forum for towns to discuss and resolve mutual concerns, provide assistance to towns with the planning process and information, and develop a regional plan for the county.
Addison County Transit Resources
ACTR's mission is to enhance the economic, social, and environmental health of the region by providing public transportation services that are safe, reliable, accessible, and affordable for everyone.
League of Women Voters
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Lions Club International/Middlebury Lions Club
Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service organization, focusing on voluntary services through community involvement and international cooperation. Get involved locally with the Middlebury Lions Club.
Neat Repeats is a busy downtown shop whose proceeds benefit family and individual needs as well as helping other nonprofit organizations. 802.388.4488
Rotary Club of Middlebury
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
Round Robin Upscale Resale Shop
Round Robin is a resale shop with great clothing and housewares—all profits benefit Porter Medical Center. 802.388.6396
RU12? Community Center
The community center addresses the social, cultural, educational, health, and safety needs of Vermont's LGBTQ and allied community.
United Way of Addison County
UW's mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of Addison County.
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility
VBSR is a statewide trade organization of 550 businesses dedicated to encouraging socially responsible business practices.
Experience in counseling often comes from informal friendships and relationships that can form in nearly any volunteer opportunity. The organizations on this list have counseling as a core element of their mission.
Addison County Court Diversion and Community Justice Projects, Inc.
Programs are based on restorative justice principles, which say that crimes are violations of relationships within communities and are often best dealt with at the community level. E-mail
Prevent Child Abuse Vermont
The mission of PCAV is to promote and support healthy relationships between children and the people who care for them in order to eliminate child abuse.
St. Mary's Outreach Ministry
St. Mary's Outreach Ministry attempts to provide assistance to parishioners in need, whether it be economic, physical, educational, psychological, or spiritual.
Turningpoint Center of Addison County
TCAC augments services and faculties related to various aspects of recovery by providing a staffed drop-in center, meeting location, appropriate social functions, educational services, and an informational resource center.
WomenSafe is a nonprofit domestic and sexual violence victim advocacy organization and a member of the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. Services provided include a 24-hour hotline, legal, medical, and community services, advocacy, support groups, supervised visitation, safe homes, education, and outreach to community, college, and youth groups.
The clients of the following organizations are living with physical, developmental, intellectual, and mental disabilities. These organizations have opportunities for involvement for volunteers interested in health care, counseling, psychiatry, community organizing, education and special education, literacy, sports and recreation, and fund-raising. There are also many opportunities to work with individuals with disabilities through schools and health service agencies.
Community Associates provides services to people with developmental disabilities. 802.388.4021
DVAS (Deaf Victims Advocacy Services)
DVAS is in need of volunteer assistance with its advisory committee and with presentations to the deaf communities around the state to raise awareness of sexual and domestic violence.
Evergreen House is a vocationally oriented club for adults with mental illness. 802.388.3468
Speak Up! Addison County
Speak Up! Addison County is a self-advocacy organization developed and operated by people with developmental disabilities.
Special Olympics Vermont provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with cognitive disabilities.
Education, Mentoring, and Children's Programs
Many Middlebury students volunteer with local children and adults every year. This list includes public and private K–12 schools, formal mentoring programs, recreation programs, nonprofit organizations related to education, literacy, and adult and special education. Volunteers who are interested in education, special education, and counseling often find this list useful. Also, many of the schools and nonprofits on this list are looking for volunteers who would like to coach youth sports teams or lead after-school programs focused on nearly any appropriate topic area.
Addison Central School
ACS needs volunteers to serve as Reading Buddies to read, write, and type stories with students in the early grades. They would also like volunteers to work with students one-on-one for math support and mentoring. E-mail 802.759.2631
ACT (Addison Central Teens)
ACT's mission is to provide safe and fun activities and a place for the teens (sixth grade through high school) of the Addison Central Supervisory Union area.
Addison County Parent/Child Center
The Parent/Child Center is looking for volunteers to help with child care, kitchen work/baking, carpentry, yard work, office work/data entry, chaperones for teen events, and mentors and tutors for teens.
Beeman Elementary School
Beeman's mission is to ensure that each student possesses knowledge, personal skills, academic readiness, character, and worth ethic to create a successful and responsible life. Beeman needs mentors to meet with individual students once a week for an hour.
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes
The Boys & Girls Club provides recreation and social development programming after school and summers to young people between the ages of 6 and 18.
Bridge School, Inc.
Bridge School is a nonprofit, private elementary school serving children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Each child is valued for her/his learning style and individualism; groups are formed on the basis of ability or interest, not grade level.
Community Friends of Addison County
Community Friends matches adult mentors with children ages 6 to 12 living in Addison County. The goals are to give children an opportunity to get out and explore the community and the Middlebury College campus, and to provide support to children who are having difficulties. E-mail 802.443.3010.
DREAM (Directing through Recreation Education Adventure and Mentoring)
DREAM is a mentoring organization that partners Vermont college students with kids in low-income housing communities. Get involved with Middlebury DREAM. E-mail
Foxcroft Farm-Harvest Program
Foxcroft's mission is to strengthen students' academic and social skills, enhance their self-confidence, and to instill a sense of community responsibility through an innovative curriculum that integrates agriculture and service learning with educational objectives. E-mail
Girl Scout Council of Vermont
The Girl Scout Council of Vermont is dedicated to the purpose of inspiring girls with the highest ideals of character, conduct, patriotism, and service that they may become happy and resourceful citizens.
Hannaford Career Center
Hannaford is a career and technical center affiliated with three public high schools in Addison County.
Hub Teen Center
The Bristol Hub is a nonprofit teen center and skatepark serving youth up to age 19 with the mission of providing a safe, supervised, substance-free environment when school in not in session.
Ilsley Public Library
Ilsley provides current literature, information resources, information technology, and materials for lifelong learning. We also serve as a community center.
Leicester Central School
LCS is a pre-kindergarten through sixth-grade school located about 14 miles south of Middlebury. E-mail 802.247.8825
Lincoln Community School
Lincoln insists that all students learn to use their minds well and encourages a model of "student as worker" and "teacher as coach." Studies are largely place-based and regularly engage the local natural and human communities.
Mary Hogan Elementary School
The Mary Hogan Elementary School provides educational opportunities for children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. Opportunities exist in the regular classroom, and in art, music, physical education, and media and computer centers. E-mail 802.388.4421
Mary Johnson Children's Center
The Center strives to meet the needs of working parents and families who use the Center to represent the economic and cultural diversity of the community.
Middlebury Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA)
MAHA is an area youth hockey league for children ranging in ages from 3 to 18. We offer hockey instruction (teams) to boys and girls along with a learn-to-skate program for beginners.
Middlebury Parks & Recreation Department
The Middlebury Parks & Recreation Department provides recreational opportunities for residents of Middlebury and the surrounding communities.
Middlebury Union High School (MUHS)
MUHS is a 9 - 12 public high school located about a 20 minute walk from campus. Seeking patient, flexible volunteers to work as tutors in the Learning Lab, an alternative resource for students in need of academic enrichment. Great experience for those considering work in a high school setting.Contact Jim Burnett, Learning Lab Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monkton Central School
Monkton Central School is a kindergarten through sixth grade elementary school located about eight miles north of Middlebury. The world language teaching program is a valuable component of the academic curriculum. E-mail 802.453.2314
Mount Abraham Middle/High School
Mt. Abraham Middle/High School is a public middle and high school 11 miles from Middlebury.
New Leaf Montessori
The classroom environment is a peaceful, cheerful space, equipped with materials designed to intrigue and guide the children through basic educational concepts. E-mail
The Northbranch School is an independent school for 7th through 9th grades. Located nine miles from Middlebury.
Northlands Job Corps Center
Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training. 802.877.2922
Otter Creek Child Center
The mission of the Otter Creek Child Center is to provide high-quality, affordable care and education for young children.
Quarry Hill School
Quarry Hill School is committed to providing a safe environment conducive to learning, cooperation, creative self-expression, personal responsibility, mutual respect, teamwork, and community involvement for preschool and school-age children.
Red Cedar School
The mission of the Red Cedar School is to support young people in discovering their interests, strengths, and goals so that they can develop a strong sense of personal initiative and engagement with learning and the world.
Ripton Elementary School
The Ripton School is a caring community and a safe learning environment with the goals of learning, growing, and becoming good citizens.
Robinson is a kindergarten through sixth grade elementary school located in Starksboro, looking for volunteers to help with gardening and its library. E-mail 802.452.2949
Rutland County Guardian ad Litem Program
The Guardian ad Litem Program (GAL) tries to ensure every trial court in the state has sufficient numbers of well-trained, impartial, supervised, and supported volunteers to aid with various court proceedings to advocate on behalf of the best interests of children.
Salisbury Community School
A small public elementary school with an actively involved community, with an after-school care and recreation program. E-mail 802.352.4291
Sister to Sister
The mission of the Sister to Sister program is to encourage middle school girls in Addison County to achieve their fullest potential. It is a yearlong program that brings together Addison County middle school girls and Middlebury College student mentors. E-mail 802.443.5659
Vermont Adult Learning (VAL)/VAL Childcare Center
Vermont Adult Learning's mission is to provide adults with essential skills education to further their educational, employment, and personal goals in order to expand their options and capabilities in the family, community, and workplace. E-mail
Weybridge Elementary School
A small public school serving children of rural farm, college, and business families, serving a kindergarten through sixth grade population of approximately 80 pupils. E-mail 802.545.2113
Environment, Outdoors, and Animals
Many of Middlebury College's community partners are devoted to the maintenance of the most definitive characteristics of pastoral Vermont; mountains, lakes, rivers, and forests. Countless Middlebury students have found that a collaboration with organizations focused on the upkeep of our greatest natural resources has deepened their connection and sense of place during their time in Vermont. While for many this is an enriching extracurricular interest, others who are interested in environmental conservation, sports and recreation, education, and development and fundraising will find opportunities to further pursue their passions.
Addison County Humane Society
The Addison County Humane Society, a "no kill" shelter, takes in strays and unwanted animals and places them with new families, educate the community about issues important to the welfare of animals, and facilitate the process of investigating animal cruelty in our county.
The mission of Audubon Vermont is to protect birds, other wildlife and their habitat by creating a culture of conservation in collaboration through education, science, and public policy.
Champlain Valley Clayplain Forest Project
By providing outreach materials, presenting natural history talks and walks, and working with town planning and conservation commissions, the Clayplain Forest Project is advancing conservation in the Champlain Valley.
Common Ground Center
With programs focused on music and the arts, healing arts, and outdoor exploration, the Common Ground Center brings together and strengthens diverse families and communities.
Eddy Farm School for Riders and Horses
Eddy is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to teach traditional horsemanship skills and promote amateur athletic competition for everyone in our community, regardless of age or physical ability.
Good Point Recycling
Good Point Recycling promotes social responsibility and innovation in electronics recycling.
Green Mountain Club (GMC)
The mission of the GMC is to make the Vermont Mountains play a larger part in the life of the people by protecting and maintaining the Long Trail System and fostering, through education, the stewardship of Vermont's hiking trails and mountains.
Middlebury Area Community Garden
The Middlebury Area Community Gardens grew out of a group of people in the Middlebury area (including Middlebury College students) who wanted to see a community garden.
Middlebury Area Global Warming Action Coalition
Working with the Town of Middlebury and various groups to implement a plan to substantially reduce fossil fuel consumption in the area over the next 10 years. E-mail, 802-388-2812
Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT)
The Middlebury Area Land Trust conserves, promotes, and manages land as natural, open, and working landscapes in Addison County.
Middlebury College Organic Garden
The Middlebury College Organic Garden is a community effort to grow food while fostering a land ethic, a community ethic, new ideas of sustainability, and what it means to live a good life. E-mail.
One of the missions of the Moosalamoo Association is to collaborate with public entities to plan, manage, and provide stewardship for wildlife habitat conservation and quality public recreation opportunities and facilities.
The Nature Conservancy is a science-based, non-profit conservation organization whose mission is to preserve the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
Spirit in Nature (SpIN)
Spirit in Nature is a place of interconnecting paths where people of diverse spiritual traditions may walk, worship, meet, meditate, and promote education and action toward better stewardship of this sacred earth.
VPIRG (Vermont Public Interest Research Group)
VPIRG's mission is to promote and protect the health of Vermont's environment, people, and locally based economy.
By creating connections between arts, education and the environment, Willowell seeks to find balance in the intersection of human and natural communities.
Health and Emergency Services
Health and emergency services are provided by many of our partner agencies, and Middlebury students have a long history of volunteering to support the health of Addison County residents.
American Cancer Society Relay for Life
Relay for Life is an overnight event designed to raise money for cancer research and programs through the American Cancer Society. Join the Middlebury Relay team.
Brandon Area Rescue Squad (BARS)
BARS is a volunteer ambulance squad serving the greater Brandon area. 802-443-5726
Care Net Pregnancy Center of Addison County
Care Net reaches out to the community to provide accurate information, practical education on alternatives, as well as compassion for the whole person facing a crisis pregnancy and pregnancy-related areas.
Champlain Valley Agency on Aging (CVAA)
CVAA serves people 60 and over in Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle counties, helping them age with independence and dignity.
Foundation for Alcoholism Research (FAR)
FAR's mission is to raise and distribute funds to perform research in the following areas: causes, identification, detection, prevention, treatment, and cure of/for alcoholism.
The mission of GlobeMed is to connect the assets of a student-led network to grassroots health organizations working in communities around the world. By inspiring and training university students to mobilize resources for global health, we seek to build a movement fighting for a more sustainable and secure world. E-mail
Helen Porter Health Care and Rehabilitation Center
HPHCRC Offers sub-acute services and dementia care as well as traditional long-term care; looking for volunteers for one-on-one visits with residents as well as group recreational activities and special events.
Hospice Volunteer Services
Hospice Volunteer Services is a not-for-profit agency committed to offering care and support to our community members and their families who are facing the end of life or grieving the loss of a loved one.
Housing and Supportive Services (HASS)
The purpose of the program is to assist elderly and disabled residents of The Meadows and Middlebury Commons senior housing complexes to retain their health, safety, and independence. 802-388-5762
Living Well, A Community Care Home
Living Well is a non-profit educational and charitable organization committed to enhancing the lives of individuals, families, and communities.
Middlebury Fire Department
The Middlebury Fire Department is a paid on-call, volunteer fire department consisting of 40+ members operating out of two stations and answering approximately 180 calls per year.
Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association (MVAA)
MVAA provides both emergency and non-emergency care and transportation as well as vehicle extrication services.
National MS Society Vermont Division
The Vermont Division of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has been committed to expanding awareness of multiple sclerosis, to enhance access to MS specialty medical care, and to empower people living with MS to live as independently as possible.
Open Door Clinic/Community Health Services of Addison County
The Clinic's mission is to provide quality healthcare to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured individuals that meet the financial guidelines until a permanent healthcare provider can be obtained through government assisted or private insurance programs. E-mail.
Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE)
PPNNE's mission is to provide, promote, and protect reproductive health care and sexuality education so that all people can make informed choices about their reproductive and sexual health.
Porter Medical Center
Porter Medical Center is a nonprofit, full-service hospital serving Addison County and surrounding areas.
Project Independence Elderly Services
Project Independence provides daytime care for frail elders and respite and peace of mind for their families.
Vergennes Area Rescue Squad, Inc.
Provides 24-hour ambulance service. VARS will pay for all training, provide protective gear to respond and treat patients, and offer insurance.
Vermont Department of Health (District Office)
The programs offered by the Vermont Department of Health are focused on disease prevention and health promotion; volunteers are needed to work on special events and community outreach.
There are many opportunities for students interested in connecting summer international volunteer experiences or internships, study abroad civic engagement experiences, or for international students connecting experiences in their home countries with local organizations doing related work. The issues these organizations explore are global in nature and students who would like to work on nearly any topic area on a global level can find something of interest. Community development, microfinance, corporate social responsibility, poverty, hunger, homelessness, literacy, environmental conservation, family planning, elderly services, education, counseling, and health care are some examples of connections Middlebury students have made in the past.
ECOLOGIA's programs bring international perspectives to local sustainable development projects, and bring locally based "on the ground" experience back to the world of international decision making.
Middlebury Alternative Break Trips (MAlt)
Each February Break the MAlt student organization sends domestic and international trips to conduct service projects designed to assist community members and local organizations dealing with a wide range of projects and issues. E-mail.
Vermont Institute on the Caribbean
VIC is a non-profit, non-governmental organization works with communities in the Caribbean to build collaborative partnerships that nurture self-sufficiency and local empowerment.
Vermont Refugee Resettlement Project
VRRP acts to defend human rights, promote self-sufficiency and education, and forge community partnerships through a full range of services and programs.
Poverty: Housing, Hunger, and Homelessness
Both the Addison County and Middlebury College communities are working to alleviate poverty locally, nationally, and globally. During the past few years, both county-wide and on-campus awareness-raising symposia, lectures, film screenings, and direct service initiatives have exploded. Students with an interest in counseling, community housing, nutrition, health care, education, literacy, fundraising, social work, social service administration, mentoring, religious/spiritual leadership, and international human rights have made connections with these organizations.
Addison County Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO)
The national and state-designated antipoverty agency for Addison County CVOEO supports low- and moderate-income people with programs developed in response to local needs.
Addison County Community Trust (ACCT)
ACCT's mission is to provide affordable housing to people of low to moderate income and is in charge of property management of eight mobile home parks in Addison County. E-mail, 802-388-9080
Addison County Farm Worker Coalition
The Addison County Farm Worker Coalition helps to provide essential services to many migrant farm workers as well as the farmers that employ them. E-mail.
COTS (Committee On Temporary Shelter)
Burlington-based COTS provides emergency shelter, services, and housing for people who are without homes or who are marginally housed.
Habitat for Humanity (HfH)
HfH is an organization dedicated to the eradication of poverty housing. E-mail.
HOPE (Helping Overcome Poverty's Effects)
HOPE seeks to eliminate poverty and to empower all people in Addison County to participate actively in a just community. 802-388-3608
John W. Graham Emergency Shelter
The John W. Graham Emergency Shelter serves individuals and families by offering short-term emergency shelter, casework, and referrals to other agencies.
Middlebury Alternative Break Trips (MAlt)
Each February Break the MAlt student organization sends domestic and international trips to conduct service projects designed to assist community members and local organizations dealing with a wide range of projects and issues. E-mail.
Middlebury Area Summer Lunch & Recreation Support Group
Mission is to ensure that Middlebury-area children at risk of hunger during the summer months have access to nutritious meals and safely supervised, enriching activities. E-mail, 802-352-4526
Middlebury Community Care Coalition, Inc. (MCCC)
MCCC is a volunteer-based, community-supported service organization that provides shelter, transitional housing, free meals and a friendly face to families and individuals in the Middlebury area who need assistance. 802-388-5499.
Vermont 2-1-1 provides free and confidential 24/7 person-to-person service and is a local call from anywhere in Vermont.
Vermont Foodbank/Salvation Farms Gleaning Network
The purpose of the Vermont Foodbank is to end hunger in Vermont by ensuring that everyone has access to enough quality food essential to their nutritional health.
Student Community Service and Advocacy Organizations
Middlebury College has both official student organizations, and many other informal groups that form in response to issues and individual student interests. This list includes both official and unofficial groups who have direct service, activism, and/or advocacy at the heart of their mission.