Are you interested in lending a helping hand at Project Independence, Elderly Services’ adult day care center? A Helping Hand volunteer can be any friendly, warm-hearted, patient, understanding individual. Anyone from 6 to 96 can contribute to a brighter day for our frail elderly guests. Students are always welcome. No special talents are needed. Just talking, one on one, is very therapeutic.

Where is Project Independence?

Project Independence is part of Elderly Services Inc., located at 112 Exchange St. in Middlebury, on the east side of the street just past R.K. Miles Building Supply. Project Independence serves elders from all corners of Addison County.

When would I volunteer?

The Center is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. As a volunteer, you can visit as frequently or as occasionally as you want. Some volunteer weekly, others monthly, and others only occasionally.

Would I enjoy volunteering?

We believe volunteering should be fun! Our staff will get to know you and together we can decide how you can both enjoy yourself and contribute to our elders’ days. We serve meals to our volunteers, include you in celebrations, invite you to special events, and consider you part of our caring community.

What can I do?

A partial list of activities performed by volunteers:

Visiting one to one; greeting elderly guests; helping with vans; playing games; playing musical instruments; showing slides; bringing a child to visit; bringing a pet to visit; reading to people; baking bread or goodies; helping in the kitchen; serving on a committee; leading discussions; helping with sewing groups; assisting on field trips; helping fundraise; finding community talent; discussing or playing sports; bringing in old photos or souvenirs to share; joining our walking group; and greeting participants as they come to our center.

Volunteer with a friend and double your fun!

If you think being a volunteer is for you, please print and fill out our volunteer information sheet (PDF) and mail it to Elderly Services-Volunteers, P.O. Box 581, Middlebury, VT 05753 or scan and return to Please call us at 802.388.3983 if you have questions. Thank you!