Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities


For many years, you gave your time, energy and love to make a difference in the lives of children. Now as retirees, you have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others in many different ways. Below are just a few of the volunteer opportunities that some of our members reported to us. We hope you will find the list useful as you expand your horizons as retirees.

Darien Book Aid Plan - Darien, CT

This is a great volunteer opportunity. The group sends gently used donated books upon request to literacy programs around the world and across the U.S. Internationally we are a big favorite of Peace Corp volunteers. The group operates out of a workshop located at 1926 Post Road, Darien. The website is darienbookaid.org.

CT Food Bank

Greater Waterbury area small groups

Needed to assist with a new senior feeding program which will ultimately provide boxes of food to 1,600 senior citizens per month. Initially, this program will operate out of our Waterbury warehouse on Eagle Street. Groups of 12-15 people are needed to pack small boxes with pre-selected food items. This will be an on-going program and your group may volunteer once, or on a monthly or quarterly basis. Businesses, government offices, High Schools, faith-based and civic organizations may contact Kim Damien at kdamien@ctfoodbank.org, or call 203-469-5000 to arrange for a packing session to be held between the hours of 10:00AM and 3:00PM Tuesdays through Fridays.

Corporate Group volunteering - East Haven

Need a weekday small group activity for your team of 5-10 people? Why not volunteer to sort food at our East Haven warehouse located on 150 Bradley Street. A 3-hour weekday morning session or a 2-hour afternoon session can be arranged for you and your team to assist with sorting frozen meat, nonperishable items and fresh produce. In addition to volunteering, individual and corporate financial support is always welcome. Corporate Virtual (online) Food Drives can also be arranged.

Client Story volunteers

Help us spread awareness of hunger issues in Connecticut by telling the stories of those affected. We are looking for energetic volunteers who are willing to visit our Mobile Pantries, GROW truck sites and food pantries to gather client stories with voice recordings, photos and videos. Volunteer candidates should have extensive skills in still and video photography and have demonstrated interviewing skills to interact with clients confidently and respectfully and have their own equipment and their own vehicle for travel. This is a great opportunity to see first-hand how the Food Bank helps people in need. Please contact Sarah Morocco, Director of Community Engagement at 203-469-5000 or email her: smorocco@ctfoodbank.org.

Wallingford Volunteers Needed

The Connecticut Food Bank seeks volunteers at our new Wallingford warehouse and headquarters at 2 Research Parkway beginning in late October/early November. We will need food sorters, data entry and other office and administrative volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering personally or having your corporate, civic, high school, faith-based or other type of group volunteer, please complete a volunteer application or email kdamien@ctfoodbank.org to get on our email list to receive volunteer information as it becomes available.

Food Sorters - East Haven

Volunteers are needed to assist with sorting a variety of donated food and products at the East Haven warehouse Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 1:00PM, and afternoons Monday through Thursday from 1:00AM to 3:00PM. Volunteers must be able to stand for the full their full work shift, be able to lift/carry 30-35 pounds, be able to follow simple instructions and be able to remain focused on the project at hand for the duration of the shift. Ongoing weekly commitments are desired. Small groups (5-10 people) are welcome on a one time or repeating basis. Email kdamien@ctfoodbank.org to determine date availability. Court ordered individuals with no felonies on their record are accepted with a minimum requirement of 20 hours.

Kids' BackPack Delivery Assistant - Fairfield

The Connecticut Food Bank seeks a volunteer who can safely assist with loading/unloading 35-pound boxes of food and help transfer the boxes inside participating schools. Some lifting, carrying and stairs may be involved. This is an ongoing weekly commitment throughout the school year. One volunteer is needed for each day, Monday through Thursday, each week. The volunteers will ride on a Connecticut Food Bank truck with our driver and depart from our Fairfield warehouse, 74 Linwood Avenue, at 8:30AM and return to the warehouse at approximately 3:00PM. The time commitment is approximately 8:30AM to 3:00PM.

Mail Processors - East Haven and Wallingford

Volunteers are needed to assist with sorting, opening and processing mail. The selected volunteers must be willing to complete the training and initial weeks of this opportunity at the Connecticut Food Bank's current East Haven location and be willing to move with the organization to our new facility in Wallingford in late October. Volunteers are needed for Monday through Thursday mornings for 3- to 4-hour shifts. Volunteers may have their choice of day(s) until each shift is filled. A minimum five-month commitment is required for this opportunity, which coincides with our busiest mail season.

Kids' BackPack Delivery Assistant - East Haven and Wallingford

The Connecticut Food Bank seeks a volunteer who can safely assist with loading/unloading 35-pound boxes of food, and help transfer the boxes inside schools participating in the program. Some lifting, carrying and stairs may be involved. This is an ongoing weekly commitment through the entire school year. One volunteer is needed for each day Tuesday through Thursday. The volunteer will ride on a Connecticut Food Bank truck with our driver and depart from our East Haven warehouse at 8:30AM until the organization moves to Wallingford. The departure will then be from the Wallingford facility, just off I-91, at exit 15. The time commitment is approximately 8:30AM to 3:00PM Tuesdays through Thursdays.

Data Entry Volunteers - East Haven and Wallingford

Volunteers are needed to help with data entry weekdays at our East Haven location. The volunteer will enter data into an existing database. Available shifts are 9:00AM to noon or 1:00PM to 4:00PM Mondays through Thursdays, or Fridays from 9:00AM to noon. A 5 month commitment is required. Volunteers will be trained and begin working at our current East Haven location and must be willing to move with the organization to our new Wallingford location when the move is made in the late fall.

Food Transfer Assistant - Bridgeport

The Connecticut Food Bank needs two (2) adult volunteers who can safely unload and transfer boxes of food from Connecticut Food Bank trucks and move it into three Bridgeport food-serving agencies on the third Friday of every month, starting in September. The deliveries occur between 9:00AM and 11:30AM. The delivery sites are Barnum House, the Stratfield apartments and Clifford House. The food is then distributed to senior citizens throughout our Fairfield county service area. A minimum six-month commitment is requested.

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

Arts Gallery East

704 Hartford Tpke, Vernon 06066
Joan Sonnanburg, Director
(860) 871-8222 info@artscentereast.org

American Red Cross

Volunteer for the Red Cross. You'll make a difference in the lives of others, but you'll be amazed at the difference it makes in yours.

209 Farmington Ave.
Farmington , CT 06032
Phone: (877) 287-3327

Animal Volunteers

Are you looking for a way to make a difference for animals? Check out the many volunteer opportunities at PAWS below then get involved today!

Bethlehem House Office

Bethlehem House is a Transitional Housing Program of Catholic Charities and Stratford Coalition for the Homeless. Inc, accepting homeless families, evicted or at risk to become homeless, with low income.

389 Jackson Ave, #1
Stratford, CT
(203) 377-0072

Circle of Friends

Circle of Friends needs volunteers for its monthly meetings of its social group for adults with special needs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays. Contact the Circle of Friends at 203-293-8837 or circlefriendsct@gmail.com.

CLICC Program

Volunteer mentors wanted for children with incarcerated parents.
The CLICC program uses literacy and mentoring to improve communication between these parents and their children (ages 5-17) and strengthen their relationships. Each mentor meets for one hour — once a week — for one year — with one child, at a library, afterschool program or other community location. You must complete CLICC training and be cleared by DCF to work with children. Children pick the books they will read with mom or dad. CLICC is a past US Department of Justice grantee (2014-16,) now in the first of a 5-year child mentoring grant project here in Connecticut. For more information, email clicc.program@gmail.com

CT Blood Services

209 Farmington Ave. in Farmington CT, Contact Margaret West for information at (860) 678-2867

Douglas Library of Hebron

22 Main Street, Hebron 06248
Susan Porter Chair, Board of Trustees
(860) 228-1113

ECHN - Rockville and Manchester

Each year hundreds of dedicated adult and junior volunteers give thousands of hours of service to ECHN. Some volunteers work directly with patients in ECHN Patient Support Programs. Volunteers in the Ambassador Programs work in lobbies, gift shops, concierge or escort messenger services welcoming patients and families and helping them navigate the hospitals. Others choose to work behind the scenes helping with administrative staffs.

Contact Ashley Thompson at athompson@echn.org for application information.

Families in Transition

The Clinton Avenue Shelter is comprised of two three-story buildings with six apartments in each building that serve as emergency housing for families.

11 Clinton Ave
Bridgeport, CT
(203) 331-9467

FAVARH Thrift Store - Canton

It's a thrift store where the profits benefit programs for developmentally disabled young adults and adults. I work pricing in the back room, as well as sales at the register. If anyone from the Farmington Valley is interested, contact Jean Miller at 860-693-6662 ext128.

Feel I Should Help (FISH) - Stamford

FISH of Stamford (Feel I Should Help) is looking for volunteers to drive and answer phones. FISH is an all-volunteer organization which provides transportation to doctors, hospital and therapy in the Stamford area for those who have no other means of reaching health facilities. Volunteers may work one morning or afternoon a month. If interested, contact Cheryl at 203-964-3040 or email tienshanclk@aol.com.

Groton Parks and Recreation

Located at 27 Spicer Avenue, Noank, CT 06430. The program is designed for blind and physically challenged persons. These athletes are referred to as paralympians. Contact Boating supervisor, Eileen Cicchese at ecicchese@groton-ct.gov or by phone (860) 536-5691.

There are no membership dues or usage fees of equipment for participants in the adaptive rowing program. Some of the jobs include: portaging boats/oars, oar masters, washing the salt off the equipment, back and forth from the storage areas and dock. In addition to these things, people are needed to help with lifting some paralyzed rowers in and out of the boats and providing transportation for blind rowers.

Habitat For Humanity

There are a few locations in CT. Visit their website for more information.

Hockanum Valley Community Council

29 Naek Road, Vernon, 06066
(860) 872-9825

Jewish Community Center - Stamford

The Jewish Community Center in Stamford needs volunteers to assist in serving hot lunch to senior adults Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Contact Amy Hollander, director of senior adult services, at 203-487-0983 or email ahollander@stamfordjcc.org.

Literacy Volunteers - Stamford/Greenwich

Seeking volunteers to teach adults to read, write and speak English. Contact Lucia Cook at 203-324-5214 or email lec@lvsg.org.

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury

Volunteer tutors needed to teach adults to read, write, speak, and understand English. Free training provided. Only 2 hours a week plus some lesson prep time. Contact Vanessa Vowe, Program Director, at 203 754-1164 or email vvowe@waterburyct.org. Office located at Silas Bronson Library, 267 Grand Street, Waterbury, CT 06702.

Manchester Child Guidance Clinic

317 North Main Street, Manchester 06042
(860) 643-2101
Brina Abrahams

Meriden Humane Society Animal Shelter and Rescue Facility

311 Murdock Ave. Meriden, CT 06450 Phone: (203) 238-3650
Email: meridensociety@sbcglobal.net
Contact Name: Marlene (Although she is very difficult to get a hold of-she's got her hands full literally.)

Northwest Park

145 Lang Road Windsor, CT 06095
Contact Person at Friends of Northwest Park: Lisa Bress 860-688-9422 bresslili@msn.com

United Way Agencies

Help others succeed. Improve life in your community. Contribute your talents, energy and time. Find a volunteer opportunity in your area.

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