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Volunteer at community gardens

Volunteering at Vermont Youth Conservation Corps community gardens

The five Dismas Houses in Vermont could not exist without volunteers. Founded and sustained by a dedicated and enthusiastic group of individuals committed to providing a positive alternative living situation for newly released prisoners, Dismas House has continued to benefit from the time and talents of hundreds of Vermont residents.

The daily presence of volunteers in the house is a living link between the residents and the greater community from which they have been separated. Through volunteers, their interest, encouragement, and acceptance, come affirmation, reconciliation and reintegration of residents within our community.

The ways in which this is achieved are as varied as the volunteers themselves. Love and care are expressed through homemade meals prepared and served Monday through Friday, in painting parties, landscaping efforts, and donated construction materials. Residents, staff, and volunteers work side by side at annual fund raisers, including the annual celebrations and auctions in Hartford, Burlington and Rutland. Other volunteers lend professional expertise such as legal advice to policy-making, computer programming skills to organize mailing lists and other information, vocational counseling to direct job-hunting efforts, or grant writing experience to attract much needed funding.

But above all, Dismas volunteers are friends: friends who believe in the worth of each individual, who support the belief through their faithful presence in the house and who share the Dismas mission with others in the community and beyond.

Dismas volunteers are people like you!


Volunteer Opportunity Descriptions

To volunteer, please contact:

Burlington House: Kim Parsons,, (802) 658-0381

Hartford House:  Wendy John,, (802) 698-8661

Rutland House:  Geraldine Burke,, (802) 775-5539

Women's House: Geraldine Burke,, (802) 775-5539

If you are an international volunteer, please contact for an application or visit the Volunteer For Peace website