Mobius Community Service Program

The Mobius Community Service program was created to increase the number of unique opportunities available to mentor pairs so that they can gain new experiences together. The program also encourages mentor pairs to engage in their communities to teach the benefits of giving back while supporting local non-profit organizations and their important work.

Download and print out a new Community Service Program Card to track your volunteer hours completed as a pair. You can also get a new card at our partner organizations. Hold on to your card as you complete community service projects. Fill out your volunteer hours, and make sure to send it back to Mobius at the end of the month to be entered into the monthly prize drawing! The more hours you complete, the greater chance you have to win.

 

 

Mentor pairs who are recording their community service hours currently have the chance to win a gift certificate to Penny Cluse or free pints from Ben & Jerry’s!

You can also submit your volunteer hours through Cabot’s Reward Volunteers to be eligible for even more prizes for yourself and your mentoring program. Reward Volunteers is available to anyone and is simple to use. Plus, mentors who use the Vermont Mentoring Database to submit their volunteer hours as a mentor can automatically submit their time to Reward Volunteers!


 

These are the current available community service opportunities offered by our partner organizations. Click on the organization’s name to visit their website, or click on their town to get directions from Google Maps.

If you already volunteer as a mentor pair with a local organization not listed here, or there is an organization you would like to see added to our list of partners, please email haley@mobiusmentors.org.

 

ANEW Place, Burlington

Photo courtesy of ANEW Place

Help ANEW Place appreciate and celebrate their guests by creating birthday and holiday cards for them to use throughout the year. There may also be other fun craft projects depending on the needs of ANEW Place.

Assist the staff and volunteers at ANEW Place with organizing and cleaning the home so that they can better serve their guests and create a comfortable and clean environment.

For both of the opportunities above, we encourage regular volunteering so that the guests at ANEW Place and volunteers can get to know each other and be comfortable, but one time volunteers are welcome. Please email Hannah Andersen at hannah@anewplacevt.org to set up a time to volunteer- the schedule is very flexible. Volunteers should fill out the ANEW Place Confidentiality Policy Form before arriving.

 

Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington

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Youth Shop photo courtesy of Bike Recycle Vermont

Every Tuesday night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. help break down bikes for parts, organize parts and bikes, and complete other related projects. Volunteers with mechanical experience may also assist with repairs and bike builds. No RSVP or experience necessary, just show up wearing close-toed shoes and clothes that can get a little dirty. Since this volunteer event is already very popular, be prepared to work around others and bring a few bucks in case volunteers order pizza and you’d like a slice.

Stop by the Youth Shop every Thursday from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.. Youth Shop allows youth volunteers to help with volunteer projects related to bikes during the first half of the evening in exchange for help with bike repairs of their own during the second half. Mentors will help set up volunteer projects and assist their mentee, while encouraging active learning by remaining mostly hands-off so that youth can do most of the work on their bike! Mentors don’t need to be experienced bike mechanics (though mechanical skills are helpful), they just need to enjoy working with young people, have an interest in bike mechanics, and be able to provide encouragement and help to youth as they work their way through volunteer projects and repairs. No RSVP necessary.
Attendees and guardians must sign the Youth Shop Waiver/ Agreement and bring it with them.

 

The Farm at Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, Richmond

Every Tuesday and Wednesday, July through October, give back while working on a non-profit farm centered around youth leadership development and food security. The Farm at VYCC’s Health Care Share is a unique and innovative CSA program that provides 300 weekly shares of farm fresh vegetables to hungry families in Vermont, free of charge. To make this happen, The Farm at VYCC needs help with planting, harvesting, weeding, washing, and packing 300 shares weekly. To schedule a time to volunteer, contact Holidae Filkins at Holidae.filkins@vycc.org.

 

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Volunteers gleaning basil. Photo courtesy of the Intervale Center.

Intervale CenterBurlington

Help the Intervale Gleaning & Food Rescue team harvest surplus vegetables that would otherwise go to waste from the fields of various Intervale farms to distribute to hungry people in the community. July through October, meet at the Intervale Center on Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. and stay as long as you can until 3:00 p.m. and Fridays meet at 1:30 p.m. and stay as late as 3:30 p.m.. Mentee volunteers must be at least 8 years old. Volunteers should email Sarah Alexander at sarah@intervale.org to sign up for a volunteer day ahead of time.

 

Ronald McDonald House Charities, Burlington

Cook dinner for 10-12 guests between 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., any day of the week. Mentor pairs will get to plan out the meal for the night, and must bring their own ingredients to cook the meal.

Bake cookies, brownies, or other homemade desserts for the guests at the Ronald McDonald House between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., any day of the week. Mentor pairs will get to decide what to bake and must bring their own ingredients.

To schedule a day for either of the opportunities above, please call (802) 862-4943 between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m..

*The Ronald McDonald House may not have Mobius Community Service Program cards available for recording volunteer hours.

 

Salvation Farms, Morrisville

Assist Salvation Farms with administrative tasks, such as scrapbooking and organizing media, based on your skills and interests and the needs of Salvation Farms. Interested mentor pairs will determine potential activities and plan out a regular volunteer schedule with the Salvation Farms staff by calling their office at (802) 888-4360 or by emailing info@salvationfarms.org. This opportunity may only be available to one mentor pair, based on the availability of Salvation Farms staff members.

 

Spectrum Drop-In Center, Burlington

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Volunteers cooking dinner for the guests at the Spectrum Drop-In Center. Image courtesy of Spectrum.

Cook dinner for 30 guests and then bring it to the Spectrum Drop-In Center for them to serve at 5:00 p.m.. Volunteers are welcome to stay to help serve dinner, but must be 12 years old to do so.

Sort clothing donations for the Drop-In Center so that they can better serve the young people they support every day. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old.

To schedule a day and time to volunteer for either of the opportunities above, please email or call Allie Forward at AForward@spectrumvt.org or (802) 864-7423 extension 312.

 

Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, Burlington

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Image courtesy of Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports.

Get involved with their Burlington summer program which offers kayaking, canoeing, biking, and sailing to people of varying disabilities including, physical, emotional, intellectual, and behavioral.  Volunteers will help with getting participants in and out of the boat or bike, going paddling in a tandem kayak or canoe, riding a tandem bike, supporting a biker in a single bike or kayak, and helping to assist the program coordinator in creating a positive recreational experience for all participants. There are programs 7 days a week so email or call Kelly Walsh, the Northern Program Coordinator, at truenorth@vermontadaptive.org or (802) 353-3178 to schedule a volunteer time!

Remember to bring close-toed shoes for biking, wear sunscreen, bring your own helmet or life jacket if you have one (there are plenty of extras if you don’t), pack a lunch if you are staying for a whole day, and be sure to bring a water bottle!

 

Vermont Foodbank, Barre

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Image courtesy of the Vermont Foodbank

Sort and package food for our neighbors in need at the Vermont Foodbank’s warehouse in Barre. Volunteers must arrive at 9:00 a.m. for the morning shift, or 12:30 p.m. for the afternoon shift, Monday through Friday. Mentee volunteers must be 14 or older to work in the warehouse and need to fill out a Vermont Foodbank Parent/ Guardian Permission Form if under 18 years old, email . All volunteers should fill out an online application and call Nicole Mitchell at (802) 477-4146 to schedule a volunteer date.

 

Vermont Foodbank, Craftsbury

Glean with the Vermont Foodbank! Harvest fresh and nutritious produce at local farms as a part of The Gleaning Program, mid-June through mid-October. Volunteers should arrive at Pete’s Greens in Craftsbury by 1:00 p.m. on Tuesdays or Wednesdays to participate. Mentee volunteers under 18 years old need to fill out a Vermont Foodbank Parent/ Guardian Permission Form. All volunteers should fill out an online application and call Nicole Mitchell at (802) 477-4146  to schedule a volunteer date.

 

Vermont Foodbank, Wolcott

Glean with the Vermont Foodbank! Harvest fresh and nutritious produce at local farms as a part of The Gleaning Program, mid-June through mid-October. Volunteers should arrive at High Mowing Organic Seeds in Wolcott by 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays to participate. Mentee volunteers under 18 years old need to fill out a Vermont Foodbank Parent/ Guardian Permission Form. All volunteers should fill out an online application and call Nicole Mitchell at (802) 477-4146 to schedule a volunteer date.

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Image courtesy of the Winooski Valley Park District.

 

Winooski Valley Park District, Winooski

Remove invasive plant species so that natural and beneficial species can thrive in Winooski. Volunteers will be taught how to identify the targeted invasive species, and the best ways to remove them!

Clean up the parks and make them safer for your neighbors by removing litter, lopping hazardous branches (if age appropriate), and walking the trails to check for potential issues.

To schedule a day and time to volunteer for either of the above opportunities, contact Tim Larned, the Parks Superintendent, at timlarned@wvpd.org.

 


 

Send photos of you volunteering with your mentor or mentee to haley@mobiusmentors.org to be featured on this page!