Many ways to volunteer with United Way Connection

United Way’s Volunteer Connection site is set up to help connect agencies and volunteers. Agencies are working hard to navigate volunteering during this time, but opportunities are increasing.

To learn more about some volunteer opportunities with the United Way here are links for Volunteer Connection:

Bring a meal
Hope Lodge offers a home away from home for cancer patients and their families while the patients are undergoing treatment. Volunteers are invited to drop off a home-cooked meal that would serve about 15 people. Dinner is at 6 p.m., but drop-offs can happen at your convenience. To sign up for the meal train, call 802-658-0649 or visit the website.

Spring cleaning
Winooski Valley Park District and the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum need help getting ready for the coming seasons. Volunteers are needed for a general spring cleaning of the grounds and buildings, including raking, moving gravel for paths, touching up paint, dusting, window cleaning and sweeping. Flexible schedules 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Contact Tim Larned.

Serve a meal
ANEW Place is looking for volunteers to serve evening meals at the Champlain Inn Low Barrier Temporary Housing Facility. The food is provided by New Moon Catering. Volunteers help to set up, serve and clean up after the meal. Pick a day, Monday-Sunday, from 6-8:30 p.m. Contact Andre Clark.

Reaching out
Common Good Vermont will be surveying Vermont nonprofits for detailed information about the range, average, levels of wages and benefits to help with recruitment and retention efforts in the sector. They are looking for volunteers to help with outreach to make nonprofits aware of this opportunity via phone or email and encouraging them to complete the survey. A good opportunity for volunteers who care about this element of the nonprofit sector. Contact Morgan for more information.

Urgent need
Franklin County Meals on Wheels has an urgent need for volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels in St. Albans and Swanton between 9:30-11:30 a.m. once a week, once a month, or whatever fits your schedule. Here’s the chance to be the friendly face that brightens a senior’s day. Contact Jillian Brady.

Water data made accessible

Lewis Creek Association has been working to make water quality data results more accessible and understandable to watershed towns and citizens.

The association has finalized its analysis and the results of the 2021 sampling in map format are available online.

Find out why sampling is within certain parameters or why chloride is important and what it does to our streams.


Robert Titus

Robert Titus
A memorial service for longtime Charlotte resident Robert Titus, who passed away
Dec. 24, 2021, will be held April 23 at 1 p.m. at the North Ferrisburgh United Methodist Church at 227 Old Hollow Rd.

Mary ‘Patsy’ Schweyer Nostrand
Mary “Patsy” Schweyer Nostrand of Shelburne, Vt., passed away peacefully in her home at Wake Robin on April 2, 2022. Patsy was born in Owego, N.Y., on Oct. 14, 1927, to Mildred Sanford Schweyer and Benjamin Franklin Schweyer.

Patsy grew up on Kingsland Terrace in Burlington, where she met Dick Nostrand, who lived across the street. Patsy was a member of Burlington High School’s class of 1946. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 1950 with a Bachelor of Arts in history. Patsy and Dick Nostrand married in 1952 and were happily married fo r 63 years.

Patsy started her career working for the Girl Scouts of America in Massachusetts and Rochester, N.Y., as a trainer to troop leaders. Patsy and Dick had three children, Susan, Peter and Ben, while living primarily in New Jersey. While her children were growing up, she was an active volunteer with many organizations, including the Presbyterian Church in Westfield, N.J. She and Dick retired to Williamsburg, Va., in 1994 and moved back to Vermont in 2012.

Patsy and her family spent every summer at the family cottage on Lake Champlain in Grand Isle, Vt., which she enjoyed for 55 years. She spent her time at the lake gardening, swimming and taking long walks. Family meant everything to Patsy, and she was jokingly referred to as “the matriarch” of her extended family of 18, who congregated frequently to Patsy’s adoring eye at Grand Isle. The cottage was a place that her family and friends enjoyed immensely, and she oversaw it with kindness and generosity.

Patsy was very active throughout her life and loved swimming and playing tennis. She also enjoyed gardening, reading, decorating and collecting antiques. Patsy was a member of the Charlotte Congregational Church. Patsy was a wonderful mother, beloved mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was always interested in their lives and was great fun to be around. Patsy will be greatly missed.

Patsy was predeceased by her husband, Dick, and her brother Ben Schweyer. She is survived by her children, Susan Nostrand Boston and husband, David, of Woodstock, Vt.; Peter Nostrand and wife, Kristen, of Santa Barbara, Calif.; and Ben Nostrand and wife, Susan, of Charlotte, Vt.; as well as six grandchildren, Sarah, Peter, Helen, Leah, Elizabeth and Sam; and four great-grandchildren, Anna, Isla, Sally and Jane

Memorial gifts in the name of Patsy can be sent to the Lake Champlain Land Trust, 1 Main St., Burlington, VT 05401.