The Pawlet Volunteer Network

The right opportunity for you to make an impact in our community and meet new friends and neighbors awaits. Find where you belong!

Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. Even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference. There are many ways to support the volunteer led organizations and community groups that are working everyday to help make Pawlet and West Pawlet, Vermont a great place to live, work and play.

Simply scroll through the volunteer opportunities listed below and contact the organization you would like to volunteer with directly.


Volunteer Testimonials


I didn’t know anyone in the community when I moved to Pawlet, so I joined the fire department looking for a way to get involved and to meet people. Volunteering with this agency plugged me into this community in a way I couldn’t have imagined. It’s been fulfilling, endlessly challenging, and a great way to spend time with some outstanding people.” – Jon Weis


I volunteer at the library because l want to help create a space where our community can be connected and engaged. The library has been an important place for me since I became a parent almost a decade ago. Parenting young children is a wonderful experience, but it can be an isolating and lonely time. The library was a refuge for me, where I could meet with other mothers, and have some much needed grownup conversation, while my children experienced enriching programs and played with other children. Many of my closest friendships were forged in those at the library’s Story Hour.” – Joni Lee

Town & Government Volunteer Opportunities

Pawlet Select Board

Make an impact by joining our local government! The Pawlet Select Board meets every other Tuesday at 7:00 PM. Meetings are held according to the rules of procedure established by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. Email the Select Board’s Assistant and Clerk Kristin Powers for more details.

Planning Commission

Help shape the future of the Pawlet Community by becoming a Planning Commissioner. As a Planning Commissioner there is also an opportunity to serve on the Rutland Regional Planning Commission (RRPC) and Transportation Advisory Council (TAC).

Pawlet Public Library

Volunteer at the Library! Connect with your community and support your public library. We have opportunities for you to get involved in all library activities.

Pawlet Fire Department

The Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department is an all-volunteer, all-hazard emergency services organization. Anyone can volunteer their time with the fire department by helping at events and with other tasks, but being a firefighter takes more.

Pawlet Town Office

The Town offices are located in Pawlet Village. Email Town Clerk Deb Hawkins for more information.

West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department

Led by Chief David Ricard, Sr. and 1st Assistant Chief Joey Mullen, the West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department is an all-volunteer fire protection service. There are opportunities to help with fundraising and to become a firefighter.

Community Groups & Organizations Volunteer Opportunities

Pawlet Community Church

Pawlet Community Church welcomes all to join Rev. Tracy Weatherhogg & family each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on Facebook Live.

Even if you don’t attend Sunday services, there are many volunteer opportunities through the community service programs led by the church. Such as:

  • A Helping Hand Free Meals
  • Food Pantry
  • Heating Fuel Financial Assistance
  • Community Pork Suppers
  • Bottle & Can Drive

Email Pastor Tracy Weatherhogg for more information on how you can participate.

Pawlett Historical Society

The Pawlett Historical Society organizes and hosted many events and programs. The Society not only archives and preserves its collection but also maintains two of Pawlet’s remaining one room schoolhouses. Its most recent endeavor has been to arrange with the Mettowee Valley and Northeast Cemetery Associations to lease the Chriss Monroe Chapel and remodel it as a space for exhibition and storage of the collection and as a place for events and programs. Monthly board meetings are held every second Thursday at 7:00 PM and are open to the public.

Bone Builders

Bone Builders is an exercise program designed to prevent (and even reverse) the negative effects of Osteoporosis. A group of dedicated seniors meet weekly in Pawlet for free classes led by volunteer Dolores Guarino. Call Dolores at 802-325-3592 for more details.

Would you like to help lead classes in Pawlet? Sign up for the free RSVP Bone Builders Instructor Training.

Pawlet Homeschooling Group

The Pawlet Homeschool Group is interested in partnering with people from the community to provide enrichment learning opportunities around academics, the arts, unique activities, crafts, service work, or projects. Email Joni Lee for more information.

Mettawee Community School

Mettawee Community School welcomes students, parents, teachers, and the community as essential members of our school. There are many ways to get involved, from working in the school garden, coaching a sport, to helping with the school play and more.

*** Currently no volunteer opportunities are available due to COVID.***

Pawlet Scholarship Committee

We are always looking for capable volunteers to assist with fundraising events and community outreach. Or, if you have other skills or services that can help the committee throughout the year, we would be glad to talk with you. Contact Peg Browe for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities with Rutland County Organizations Serving Pawlet

RSVP & The Volunteer Center

RSVP and The Volunteer Center is an “Invitation to Serve” program for people who want to make a difference, get involved and enjoy the
experience of volunteering. They serve individuals and organizations in Rutland and Addison Counties.

There are a number of different volunteer opportunities that include:

  • Driving & Transportation
  • Health & Wellness
  • Education & Mentoring
  • Tax Assistance

Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging

SVCOA currently has a variety of different volunteering opportunities that include:

  • S.H.I.P. (health insurance counseling including Medicare D)
  • Meal Drivers
  • Money Management Program volunteers
  • Event (Group Project) Volunteering
  • Case Management Assistance
  • Office/Internship Opportunities
  • Friendly Visitor Program

To learn how to become a volunteer with SVCOA, please contact the Council’s Volunteer Coordinator at 802-786-5990 for more information.

United Way of Rutland County

We collaborate with other community organizations, partner with businesses, team with service delivery organizations and join forces with dedicated leaders and volunteers. Together, we solve community needs that affect families and children, assuring a community-wide services infrastructure.

Community Health

Volunteers are the lifeblood at Community Health providing additional support for patients and staff by assisting with clerical duties, greeting patients and helping out in the waiting rooms. Share your talents and interests, provide meaningful service, meet people in the community and learn new skills.

Walking Club

RSVP and the Volunteer Center are very excited to announce that they are starting a new walking group starting this spring/ beginning of summer 2021. They are hoping to find some volunteers to help with this new program.

Neighbor to Neighbor

If you have a few hours a week or a few hours a month, you can become one of N2N’s crack volunteer team. The goal is to reach everyone who needs assistance regardless of age or economic status. Currently offering non-medical assistance with activities such as transportation, friendly visits, running errands, food shopping, and other small tasks. Call Robin at (802)367-7787 to find out how you can volunteer.


Let’s make something beautiful together.

To have your volunteer opportunity included please contact the

Pawlet Public Library’s Community Connector, Sara Young at 802-325-3123 or communityconnect.pawletpub@gmail.com


The Pawlet Volunteer Network is a project of the Pawlet Public Library Community Connector, funded in part by a grant from Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL).