Volunteer/Get Involved

Available Volunteer Opportunites (Alphabetical)

Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) Volunteer

The CoSa is not currently active due to COVID-19, but are still accepting applications.

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.

CSWD - Winooski Alternate

Are you looking for a unique opportunity to serve the community? Are you passionate about recycling and the environment? The Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) is looking for an alternate Winooski representative for their Board of Commissioners

  • CSWD's mission is to reduce and manage the solid waste generated within Chittenden County in an environmentally sound, efficient, effective, and economical manner. The board is comprised of representatives and alternates appointed by the legislative body of each of the 18-member municipalities. 
  • CSWD Commissioners share a strong commitment to environmentally and financially sound waste management practices. The Commissioner's diverse background, whether technical, political, or financial, offers a balanced representation of the citizens of Chittenden County. Their work involves policy development, negotiating for contracts and land options, approving budgets, adopting ordinances and resolutions, and refining waste management programs. The results of the decisions made by these hard-working individuals are far-reaching. 

Questions regarding the CSWD Board of Commissioners can be sent to Amy Jewell, CSWD Director of Administration: ajewell@cswd.net

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.

Meals on Wheels

Our Meals on Wheels program is made possible through a special partnership with Age Well. The Winooski route is expanding as more residents are requesting meals - are you are looking for a simple way to make a huge impact in the community? This is the opportunity for you! We are currently looking for volunteers to deliver meals Monday - Friday. Meal pick-up starts at 9:30 AM at the Winooski Senior Center. The current route only takes about 1.5 hours. 

Run/Ride Club Ambassadors

Under the direction of Winooski Recreation and Parks, Run/Ride Club Ambassadors will aid the Recreation Programs Manager in the creation and facilitation of weekly (weather dependent) group runs/rides. These weekly community exercise opportunities will cater to all skill levels all while remaining local, reminding participants that Winooski has plenty to offer in terms of fun, safe opportunities to get on your bike or go for a run.

Safe, Healthy, Connected People Commissioners

The City of Winooski is currently looking for engaged and passionate community members to join our Safe, Healthy, Connected People Commission. This Commission is a policy advising group to the City Council and serves to implement its Strategic Vision area as outlined in the City's Master Plan - Safe, Healthy, Connected People: "Foster relationships across generations and cultures by providing a safe and healthy environment and providing opportunities to connect and engage with other residents of the City." 

To get started on this process, 

Commissioners engage our friends and neighbors in the critical work of our Community Services and Public Safety Departments, which include Recreation and Parks, the Winooski Memorial Library, the Winooski Senior Center, our Thrive After School Program, and our Police and Fire Departments. These services wouldn't be the same without resident input and engagement. Are you looking to get involved with the public process? Do you want to make a change in Winooski? The Safe, Healthy, Connected People Commission has assisted in many of the City's ongoing initiatives, including the Winooski Parks and Open Space Master Plan, the Myers Memorial Pool Renovation Project, Public Safety Heroes Day, the Winooski Youth Council, COVID-19 community support, and more!

Now more than ever, we need to stay connected and healthy as a community. Traditionally, the commission meets once a month and commissioners serve on a volunteer basis for a two-year term. To best represent our diverse community, we are especially seeking volunteers who identify with new American, BIPOC, and youth populations. Those who speak English as a second language are encouraged to apply - what programs, services, and changes do you want to see in your community? Apply for an open seat on the Safe, Healthy, Connected People Commission today.

Questions? Feel free to reach out to one of our Commission Liaisons:

Spring/Summer Volunteer Yoga Instructors

Winooski Rec. is looking for enthusiastic, creative, and passionate volunteer yoga instructors (certified 200-hour RYT) who can partner with us on an outdoor, public parks yoga program we're planning for spring and summer.

Soccer Tennis Referee

Winooski Recreation and Parks will be running a Soccer Tennis league for adults at Landry Park! This exciting, dynamic, outdoor game takes place on a tennis court with a soccer ball. It is soccer-specific but combines aspects of tennis and volleyball, too. This sport is a great way to enhance your soccer skills in a fun environment. The Soccer Tennis Referee Volunteer will aid in supervising the game by way of refereeing and scorekeeping.

Trex® Plastic Recycling Program

Under the direction of Recreation and Parks, Trex® Plastic Recycling Program Volunteers will ensure the continuation and success of Winooski’s plastic bag collection program. Volunteers will collect, weigh, and deliver plastic bags as well as encourage the community to be more aware of plastic use.

Winooski Gardening Group 

The Mission of the Winooski Gardening Group is to beautify Winooski public area gardens using monetary donations and to advocate for the conservation and appreciation of plants in the City of Winooski.

  1. Ray Coffey

    Community Services Director
    Phone: 802 373 0050

  2. Molly Schneider

    AmeriCorps VISTA Community Engagement Coordinator
    Phone: 802 655 1392