Volunteers are a crucial aspect of many Vermont organizations, and the Town of Colchester's municipal government is no exception.
Volunteers supplement the work of full- and part-time staff with activities such as coaching for recreation programs and shelving books at the library; by providing guidance and expertise for the town's present and future by serving on numerous boards and committees; and by keeping us safe by serving as rescue and fire personnel.
Those of us who work for the Town of Colchester are grateful to the many people who choose to share their time and energy with the rest of the community.
Parks and Recreation
You'll undoubtedly have a blast volunteering at any of Colchester Parks & Recreation's many special events and youth sports programs! Give back to your community, spend time with your neighbors, and cheer on your friends at races, carnivals, sporting events, and more! The benefits of volunteering include:
- Flexible scheduling
- Gaining experience
- Improving your health
- Learning new skills
- Meeting new people
- Teaching others
Some of the many volunteer opportunities include: the Annual Colchester Causeway Race, the Fourth of July Parade, the Annual Colchester Triathlon, the Annual Winter Carnival, and coaching youth teams in basketball, lacrosse, and/or track and field. To learn more or to volunteer at an event, please visit Parks and Recreation's page, or email Mike.
The Burnham Memorial Library
The Burnham Memorial Library is greatly dependent on the generous help that it receives from volunteers. Our volunteers shelve books, pick up from the drop boxes, repair books, help with special projects, and more. The library also serves as a site for students who need community service hours and also serves as a site for the Colchester Reparative Board.
In addition to our general volunteers, the library has a variety of specific volunteer groups:
- The teens on our Young Adult Advisory Board, who meet on the first Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m., help with a range of library events.
- The Friends of Burnham Library provide crucial fundraising support for the library's programs through its book sales, membership drives, and more.
- Volunteers help with the Colchester Farmers' Market, which will be starting its third year.
- The Library Trustees determine policy for the organization and provide guidance and support to the director.
Here in Colchester, we are lucky enough to have three fire companies that protect the people, homes, and businesses within our town. The fire companies, which are listed below, are always looking for prospective members to join their capable and dedicated ranks.
Rescue Squad and Technical Rescue
The Colchester Rescue Squad (CRS) provides emergency medical services to the town of Colchester, Vermont. Like many of the rescue squads in Vermont, CRS is staffed primarily by volunteers trained in emergency medicine. Of our roughly 40 members, only 5 are Town staff.
Applicants for membership are required to have, or be willing to obtain, an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification. Members can then obtain additional training in an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) course.
All of the 26 members of Colchester Technical Rescue are also volunteers, and although they only do approximately forty calls per year, the calls are usually lengthy, sometimes lasting for days. They also spend countless hours in training for the specialized rescues they provide. For more information, please visit the Rescue Squad page, or contact us via email or call 802-264-5590.