Community & Volunteering

Residents of the Upper Valley are committed to bettering our local communities and the world!  We volunteer in great numbers and in varied capacities.  Please find below just a few of the volunteer enrichment opportunities.


COMMUNITY GROUPS

Women's Network of the Upper Valley - Founded in 1978 with a goal of making connections, sharing viewpoints and interests.  Diverse group of women from all over the Upper Valley.

Norwich Women's Club - The Norwich Women's Club is a social and philanthropic organization open to anyone who has an interest in Norwich, VT.  One does not need to live in Norwich to be a member.  Founded in 1907, the Club supports educational opportunities and promotes civic and cultural projects for the town and its residents.  There are more than 250 current members. club with more than 250 members!

The Hanover Rotary Club  
The main objective of Rotary is service - in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.

Developing Country Network 
Loosely knit, community-driven, volunteer based group of individuals working with different organizations all over the world.  

OTHER VOLUNTEER GROUPS

Volunteering in Public Health 
General information about volunteer opportunities in the public health industry as well as many other areas of society.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Dartmouth's International Friends and Family Program (IFFP) 

Each summer the IFFP recruits local families to be host families to international graduate and undergraduate Dartmouth students.  This program fosters a deeper connection for the students to the Upper Valley community.  Openness to other cultures is the only requirement.  Inviting a student to dinner, a sporting event, hike or apple picking are typical ways to engage with your student.  This is not a program to house a student at your home.  

The Upper Valley Apple Corps 

A group of people that are cooperating to purchase, host, plant and care for food bearing trees in our neighborhoods.  The produce will be free for the picking by everyone.

Their goal is to find and organize all the resources needed to plan and care for 250 trees by summer of 2015.  They hope to plan 50 trees as part of our first tree planting festival on Saturday May 18, 2013.

They will build stronger communities of friends while improving local food security.  To get involved call (802) 294-2425 or check out their website.

The Haven Provider of temporary shelter and educational programming for homeless families and adults.  HELP by: organize a food drive and deliver items to the pantry, stock food items in the pantry yourself, organize a clothing drive, sign up for a weekly work shift.

Listen Community Services Listen provides services and support to meet the critical needs of Upper Valley individuals and families.  HELP byGather a Holiday Gift Basket for a family in need.  Holiday Gift Baskets provide warm clothing, gift items and a food certificate for a hardy holiday meal. Receiving families fill out a wish list of gift items and warm clothing requests for children and senior citizens.  Sponsoring families, businesses and religious organizations fulfill these requests.  

The Family Place A parent-child resource center that provides support and education to families with young children.  HELP by: volunteering at the annual Gingerbread Festival or other events.

Willing Hands 
Willing Hands distributes free, wholesome food to our neighbors in need. They pick up donated food, primarily fruits and vegetables, that might otherwise go to waste.  HELP by: Join a work crew at the Willing Hands Organic Farm Garden or to harvest surplus fruits and vegetables from local growers, drive the delivery route on Sundays, help with the Nutrition Education Program or help with fundraising.

David's House Provides a home away from home and support for the families of children receiving treatment at Dartmouth Hitchcock.  HELP by: greeting guests, baking treats for guests, participating in events.

High Horses Provides therapeutic riding programs to children and adults with mental, emotional or physical challenges.  HELP by: volunteering to groom and tack the horses, working inside the ring with a student and teacher or volunteering for an event.  

Fresh Air Fund Local families host inner-city children from NYC for a 2 week stay during July or August.  Contact Erica Brinton for more information (802) 649-1714.

Upper Valley Hostel Provides home-like overnight accommodations for adults, and their caregiver/family members, receiving treatments at our area medical centers. HELP by: Answering the phone, taking reservations, greeting guests, taking on a project, helping out around the hostel.

The Ford Sayre Ski Council For over 70 years, the Ford Sayre ski programs have supported our young athletes, giving them an opportunity to develop their skills and introduce them to snow sports.  HELP by: Coordinating our after school recreation program, lining up kids at the Wednesday recreation program, be an ski or snowboard instructor or team photographer.

The Prouty For 32 years The Prouty has been raising millions of dollars for cancer research.  The events include bike rides from 25-200 miles, walking, rowing, golfing etc.  HELP by: Volunteering the day of or the weeks leading up to The Prouty.  Volunteers check participants in, staff the food tables, work at the SAG stops, help with safety and signage, and much more.  There is a job for everyone.  They need the help of more than 1,200 volunteers to make the event happen.

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