Independent Service Projects

All VHCB AmeriCorps Members are expected to complete an Independent Service Project (ISP) outside of their regular host site.  Members may create and implement a project on his/her own, or partner with an organization.


-Spend 15-30 hours on the project
-Submit an ISP form and a one page reflection upon completion
-All 15-30 hours should be allotted to either one project or one organization
-Projects may be completed independently, with a partner, or with a group

Past Projects:

Alyssa Ashley and Emily’s Community Garden

For the Bats

Potential ISP Partners

AgencyLocationPotential DutiesContact Information 
Good Samaritan Haven
(AmeriCorps Sponsor Site)
Homeless Shelter
BarreVolunteer overnight, landlord outreach, and moreTanya Towndrow
Brattleboro Community Justice Center
Organization that uses restorative justice to reduce conflict in the community
BrattleboroAssist inmates in transitioning back to community, see website Mel Motel
802-251- 8142
Brattleboro Senior Meals
Provides meals to the senior center and homebound seniors in the region
BrattleboroPack or deliver meals for seniors257-1236
Windham County Humane SocietyBrattleboroAssist with animal care or special eventsPhone: 802-254-2232
ANEW Place
Homeless Services
BurlingtonEvening volunteer, provide a meal, assist with special,
802.862.9879 ext. 1006.
Steps to End Domestic Violence
Provides services for victims of domestic violence
BurlingtonAssist with special events, provide shelter support, assist with hotline (some roles may require a long-term or 802-658-3131, ext 1081
Winooski Valley Parks District
(AmeriCorps Sponsor Site)
BurlingtonAssist with the removal of invasive plant speciesLauren Chicote
tele: (802) 863-5744
ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake ChamplainBurlingtonEducate the public at ECHO exhibits, assist in the resource room, assist with animal carePhoebe Townsend, Volunteer Coordinator and Staff Resource Manager
802.864.1848 ext. 116
VT Cares
Supports Vermonters affected with HIV/AIDS
Burlington, Montpelier,
Rutland, St. Johnsbury
Help transport clients to appointments, answer questions on the toll-free phone line, special eventsSee website for best contact info
Salvation Army
Greater Burlington AreaAssist with the meal program, work with kids in the afterschool program, help sort and pack toys for families participating in the holiday program64 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401
Phone: (802) 864-6991
Fax: (802) 864-9256
Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity
Provides affordable homes to low-income families
Northwestern VermontAssist in building a house, serve on a housing committeeSee website for best contact
Norwich Public LibraryNorwich (Upper Valley Area)Assist at circulation desk, shelve books, or assist with other work around the
Rutland County Women's Network & ShelterRutlandAssist with community outreach and education, provide in-shelter service to clients, assist with special
(802) 775-6788
RSVP & The Volunteer CenterRutland and Addison CountyProvides diverse volunteer opportunitiesAddison County: 802.388.7044
Rutland County: 802.775.8220
Rutland County Habitat for HumanityRutland CountyHelp build a house, assist with landscaping, serve on a committee Phone: (802) 747-7440
Community Justice Network In Vermont
A coalition of community justice centers that promote restorative justice in Vermont
StatewideVary from site to site- conflict resolution, mentoringSee website for center
closest to you
Everybody Wins!Vermont
Promotes literacy among school age
StatewideBecome a reading mentor: Read
with a child at lunch once a week. Requires commitment of at least the school year.

May also assist site coordinator with coordinating volunteers or planning special events
For mentoring position fill out an application online and and email Everybody Wins! Vermont:
Girl Scouts of the Green and White MountainsStatewideBecome a troop leader or helper, assist with special programs or special
Vermont Food BankStatewideDistribute food boxes to families, assist with sorting food, and moreKate Steward
Vermont State ParksStatewideHelp cleanup parks, special events, See website for best contact person in your community
Cross Vermont Trail Association, AmeriCorps SponsorTrail runs east to west across North Central VTTrail maintenance, storm cleanup, trail surveys,
and more.
Greg Western
Good Beginnings of Central Vermont

Service program that supports families with newborn babies
Washington CountyWelcome Baby Visitor-visit families with newborn babies,
must fill out application, provide references and attend orientation, other opportunities may be available
Program Director Ana Campanile at
Washington County Continuum of Care
Collaborative of individuals and agencies
interested in solving housing issues in
Washington County
Washington CountyAssist with community outreach/education
about homelessness, help create/organize a
landlord outreach forum to encourage landlords
to rent to low income or homeless people,
general collaboration with the CoC to work
toward ending homelessness
Brooke Salls
Cover Home Repair (AmeriCorps Sponsor Site)
Assists low-income residents with home repair and weatherization
White River JunctionAssist COVER staff with home repair and
weatherization projects. No experience or
tools needed.
Good Neighbor Health Clinic
Offers free medical and dental care to those in need
White River JunctionOrganize wellness activities, assist patients with forms or
(802) 295-1868

Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports
Killington, Waitsfield, Burlington, and Waterbury/Montpelier.A nationally recognized organization that empowers people of all abilities through inclusive sports and recreational programming regardless of ability to pay. In addition to sports, year-round programming options integrate environmental, holistic wellness, and competitive training philosophies for people of all ages. P.O. Box 139 • Killington, VT 05751 • 802.786.4991
Merck Forest and FarmlandRupertTeaching and demonstrating the benefits of innovative, sustainable management of forest and farmland. PO Box 86 · 3270 Route 315 · Rupert VT 05768
802-394-7836 ·
High Horses Therapeutic Riding ProgramSharonTherapeutic horsemanship is a unique partnership between riders, horses, and certified instructors to enhance physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral and educational skills in people of varying
Missisquoi Wildlife RefugeSwantonThe Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1943 to provide habitat for migratory birds. It consists of 6,729 acres, mostly wetland habitats, which support a variety of migratory birds and other wildlife. The 900 acre Maquam bog is designated as a Research Natural Area and the refuge was designated as an Important Bird Area in partnership with the Audubon Society. Park Ranger, David Frisque (

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