Volunteer Opportunities

While HYPE offers a host of volunteer opportunities through our Community Involvement Committee and annual events, there are also many other opportunities to get involved in the community. 


Junior Achievement of Southwest New England

Junior Achievement (JA) focuses on making students financially responsible, prepared for the workforce and entrepreneurially savvy. JA provides a powerful learning experience for young people for two reasons - JA programs are delivered by volunteers from business and the community, who work hand in hand with classroom teacher; and the curriculum consists of hands-on activities that allow the students to learn by doing. Designed by national experts in learning, activities are engaging, fun and comprehensive. All JA lessons correlate to the state curriculum standards.

While most of JA’s programs are provided to students during the school day as a part of regular classes, JA also has programs for after-school settings and sponsors conferences and other learning opportunities at local company sites and colleges and universities. Check out some upcoming opportunities to volunteer with JA.

JA Days
* March 31, 2017 – Breakthrough Magnet, Hartford

For more information on these and other volunteer opportunities with JA, email Sarah Thrall, Senior Volunteer Engagement Manager.


Connecticut History Day

OE CT History DayCT students need you! Please consider judging during History Day CT! This spring, over 1,000 CT middle and high school students will be participating in Regional Contests of Connecticut History Day, an affiliate of National History Day. Students choose a topic related to the annual theme and spend months researching it and creating a project. Students may choose to: write a paper; create a website; do a performance; make an exhibit; or create a documentary. Participants present their projects to teams of volunteer judges at the Regional Contests.

Judging teams consist of 2-3 volunteers with an experienced judge serving as the team captain. Judges need to arrive for a brief training at 7:45 a.m. Most of the day is spent meeting students and reviewing their projects. The judging teams choose the top three finishers and complete evaluation forms for each student participant. The day usually ends by 2 p.m. As a thank you, they'll provide breakfast and lunch! For more information on volunteering contact Rebecca Taber-Conover, or you can sign up here!

Hartford Regional History Day Contest March 25, 2017, Capital Community College

HYPE Cup players can earn 2 extra points for their team for volunteering for the entire day.  Email Rebecca Taber-Conover to sign up and be sure to tell her you're with HYPE.


Making a House a Home

This Journey Home project brings furniture and household goods to individuals and families who have recently been homeless and now have moved into a place they can call their own. This opportunity involves assisting Journey Home with one of their “Move In Days” where they seek to furnish 4-5 apartments in one day. Volunteers would assist with transporting furniture or physically getting it into the clients’ homes.


Saturday, March 25th
Saturday, April 8th
Saturday, April 22nd


Donating Furniture: Do you have a table, chairs, sheets, towels, or other household goods and furniture lying around the house that you don’t use anymore? We can help you get rid of your gently used items by donating them to individuals and families who have been homeless and have nothing to make their house a home.  Volunteers can pull together teams to sponsor a specific household and collect all needed items for that household, or just donate what you have lying around.  As we do not have a company truck it is preferred if volunteers are able to transport items to our storage facility or can drop them off directly to clients, or support the program with a donation to fund a moving truck.

Contact Alison Scharr at 860-808-0336 for more information.


HYPE Cup players can earn 1 extra point for their team for volunteering at a move in day! Email Amanda Girardin to sign up and be sure to tell her you're with HYPE.


23rd Annual Student Exchange

OE CT Youth ForumThe Connecticut YOUTH Forum is a civil community in which curiosity, openness and acceptance for one another create a safe space for each student to be seen, heard and validated. Join 300 high school students on March 21st from 8am-5pm from across the state at the University of Hartford for a day of workshops, discussions, and entertainment at the 23rd Annual Student Exchange.

Energetic, open-minded, and youth-oriented people are needed to guide student-led discussions for a group of 13 high school students. To volunteer, or get more information, please contact Skylar Ives.

HYPE Cup players can earn 1 extra point for their team for every 4 hour shift volunteered. To earn volunteer points contact Skylar Ives and tell her you're with HYPE!


Crystal Ball 30th Anniversary

Join Easterseals 30th Anniversary Crystal Ball on Saturday, March 25th! This is an elegant evening of dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions, to benefit Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut's services for people challenged with disabilities. They're in need of 25-30 volunteers to help run the event. Contact Dawn Diana if you're interested!

HYPE Cup players can earn 1 extra point for their team by volunteering! Contact Dawn Diana to sign up and be sure to tell her you're with HYPE.


Princess and the Prom

Princess and the Prom was created to provide free prom dresses to any Connecticut high school girl who otherwise may not be able to afford one. It is our goal that every girl has the opportunity to feel like a princess on the night of her prom. The event is on Friday, March 31st - Sunday, April 2nd.

They're in need of volunteers!
Set Up & Tear Down - Set up and Tear Down will include moving and organizing dresses on their racks, setting up pop-up tents, and other organizational tasks.

Gown Give Away Event - Come join us in making Connecticut High School girls feel like a princess on the night of their prom by volunteering to help at our Annual Gown Giveaway Event.

HYPE Cup players can earn 1 extra point for their team by volunteering! Contact Dara DeCroce to sign up and be sure to tell her you're with HYPE.


CT Walks for Haiti

OE CT Walks for HaitiCT Walks For Haiti runs an annual walk-a-thon and festival to fund the projects of charities working in Haiti. Since 2010, CT Walks For Haiti has raised over $140,000 for educational, medical and nutritional programs. The eighth annual walk and festival will take place on Saturday, April 1st.

They're in need of volunteers to help monitor the walk out on the route, as well as fundraise for the event. Click here for more information.


HYPE Community Collection

OE Mercy Housing and ShelterTwice a year HYPE hosts community collections to support non-profits in the Hartford community. The next drive is going to be on Wednesday, April 5th from 5:30-8:30pm at Get HYPEd. (Location TBA). We will be collecting items for Mercy Housing and Shelter Corporation.

Their current needs are:
New: Men's & Women's underwear & socks
New: Sweatshirts and Sweaters
New: Winter Hats & Gloves
Trial Size/Hotel Size; Soap, Shampoo, Deodorant, Shaving Cream, Razors, Toothbrushes & Toothpaste

HYPE Cup players can earn 1 extra point for their team for every 5 items brought from the above list! Contact Jackie Valliere with questions.


MARC The Edge and Empower Others

MARCMARC Community Resources is hosting a rappelling fundraising event on Saturday, April 9th at Hartford’s State House Square Building to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 100% of the proceeds benefit recreation and educational programs, as well as family respite services. Volunteers are needed for two hour shifts between 8:00am-4:00pm (you may volunteer for more than one shift) for the following:
* Registration
* Escorts
* Landing Zone
* Roof Top Monitoring
* Roof Top Audio Person

For more information, email Kandyce Aust.


Harvard Pilgrim Middletown Half & Legends Run

#MiddletownHalf. Join the Hartford Marathon Foundation on Sunday, April 9th for their Harvard Pilgrim Middletown Half & Legends Run race.The Harvard Pilgrim Middletown Half starts and finishes on Middletown’s Main Street, selected as “the most romantic Main Street in the U.S.” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This artful Main Street is brimming with swanky restaurants, cool bars, an award-winning local chocolatier, a delectable cupcake bakery and much more.

The Hartford Marathon Foundation are in need of volunteers! Go to their volunteer page on their website to sign up and for more information.

HYPE Cup players can earn 1 extra point for their team for participating or volunteering for this race. Email your race time to HYPE Program Director, Jackie Valliere, to earn your participation points. To earn volunteer points sign up through their volunteer page and contact Jess Hallet for more information.


MahoneySabol 5k at the Travelers Championship

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#MahoneySabol5K. On Saturday, April 29th MahoneySabol and the Travelers Championship will be hosting the annual MahoneySabol 5K benefiting the ALS Clinic at the Hospital for Special Care.

Join runners and walkers at the Travelers Championship to race along the Cromwell roads that line the fairways and greens of TPC River Highlands. Race day offers both a 5K run/walk and Kids Run. When the race is done, keep the action going – all participants get one ticket valid for any one day admission to the 2017 Travelers Championship!

Connecticut’s legendary PGA TOUR stop, the Travelers Championship brings the community an exciting professional sporting event, while giving back at the same time. 100% of net proceeds of the tournament are contributed to local charities. This year, join the action and support the community by participating in the MahoneySabol 5K at the Travelers Championship.

The Hartford Marathon Foundation are in need of volunteers! Go to their volunteer page on their website to sign up and for more information.

HYPE Cup players can earn 1 extra point for their team for participating or volunteering for this race. Email your race time to HYPE Program Director, Jackie Valliere, to earn your participation points. To earn volunteer points sign up through their volunteer page and contact Jess Hallet for more information.


Burlington to Collinsville Classic

#CollinsvilleClassic10K. Join the Hartford Marathon Foundation on Sunday, May 7th for their Burlington to Collinsville Classic race. A scenic riverside 10K from Burlington to Collinsville. The course takes runners from Burlington to Collinsville on the multi-use trail along the Farmington River. The course is flat, shaded and filled with scenic views of the sparkling river. Finish in downtown Collinsville, named to Budget Travel’s 10 Coolest Small Towns.

The Hartford Marathon Foundation are in need of volunteers! Go to their volunteer page on their website to sign up and for more information.


Mystic Half Marathon & 10k

#MysticHalf. Join the Hartford Marathon Foundation on Sunday, May 21st for their Mystic Half Marathon & 10k race.The best way to admire the beauty of the Connecticut coast? Running in the Mystic Half Marathon & 10K. Experience 13.1 mystical miles past historic tall ships, through charming downtown and along the scenic shoreline. Like Mystic itself, this event promises to quickly become a true New England classic.

The Hartford Marathon Foundation are in need of volunteers! Go to their volunteer page on their website to sign up and for more information.


Center for Latino Progress

indexAre you available on Saturday mornings (or some weekday evenings)?  Do you want to make a difference in the lives of Hartford teens and young adults? The Center for Latino Progress - CPRF is increasing their weekly homework help and studying group this spring starting in early March. Just 2 hours of your time, either weekly or just once or twice a month can make a big difference. Homework help and studying is done one-on-one at the 95 Park Street Center for Latino Progress offices and classrooms, just one flat mile from Downtown.

Recurring opportunity's are available on Saturdays between 9am-1pm. Each week they send out a mentor request (with time slots and subjects).  Mentors respond by email (or text message) and meet to work one-on-one on Saturday for homework help / studying session with a student on a specific subject, one they are comfortable with. Some of the pairings are recurring, so you may be meeting with the same student each week, but you don’t have to be available every Saturday to sign up. Students range from 8th grade and up to freshman in college. For more information or to sign up, email Tony Cherolis with your contact information and subjects you are most comfortable with.


Creative Living

Go help Creative Living Community of Connecticut by working alongside people with developmental disabilities in their greenhouse program! Tasks may include seeding micro greens, harvesting the greens, and packaging the product for delivery to restaurants and farmer’s markets.

Hours are weekdays from 9am to 1pm and the greenhouse is located at the Tolland Agricultural Center at 30 Hyde Avenue in Vernon, CT. For more information or to volunteer, contact Alexis Vatteroni. 

HYPE Cup players can earn 1 extra point for their team for every 2 hour volunteer shift.  Each player will only earn up to 5 points for their team. Contact Alexis Vatteroni. to sign up, and be sure to tell them you're with HYPE!


Riverfront Recapture

The success of Riverfront Recapture depends on having dedicated volunteers who fill a number of critical roles, from maintaining landscapes to assisting at their festivals. With four Riverfront parks in two towns, there's always many ways to lend a hand. Volunteer with Riverfront and spend more time in the Riverfront Parks. To register as a group or an individual, or to learn more about volunteering contact Margie, Volunteer Coordinator, by email or at 860.713.3131 x 305.


Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

The program helps individuals and families, with annual incomes up to $54,000, get the tax refunds they’ve earned at no cost, and with help from IRS-certified volunteers. The United Way's VITA sites are located in Greater Hartford and the Windham Region. To volunteer, no experience is required and free training is provided.

This program runs mid-January to mid-April. Volunteers will be required to participate in (1) Four hour shift per week. Spanish speaking and bilingual volunteers needed. Register today!


Volunteer for Reach & Rise Mentoring Program

The YMCA of Greater Hartford offers a mentor program to the youth at the Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth and Family Center. The Reach & Rise Mentoring program is a national mentoring program of Y-USA that matches children ages 6-17 with a caring adult from the Greater Hartford community. Many of these youth lack positive role models and are in communities challenged by social issues such as poverty, crime, truancy, and sub-standard housing. Through this program, the Y recruits, trains, and connects adult volunteer mentors with youth to provide direct one-on-one mentoring that will create healthy, safe and meaningful relationships. Recruitment is ongoing. For more information, visit the Volunteer section of the YMCA website.


Jobs for America's Graduates, CT (JAG)

Jobs for America's Graduates is a 35-year old national program that prepares youth for success in higher education and the workforce. JAG delivers consistent and compelling outcomes around the country, preparing at-risk youth for sustaining jobs. If you are interested in volunteering contact Billie Scruse for further information.

They are always in need of volunteers and have multiple opportunities:
1. Short-term volunteering: Speak to a JAG class about your career, education or interests. Share your expertise by being a guest speaker in a classroom. Spend a day assisting a JAG specialist and tutoring students.
2. Adopt a Classroom: Visit a classroom four or more times per year and get to know the students, assist them in developing career plans and carrying out their Career Association community service projects.
3. Donate materials for classrooms or funds

For more information visit their website.

HYPE Cup players can earn 1 extra point for their team for every volunteer shift. Each player will only earn up to 5 points for their team.  Contact Billie Scruse sign up, and be sure to tell her you're with HYPE!


Become a Hands on Hartford Volunteer

Ever wonder how you could make a difference in the lives of others? When you sign up to volunteer with Hands on Hartford, you are joining a group of 2,000 individuals who get hands on and make a difference in our community. You can find opportunities that fit your schedule and interests. Have questions? Visit the Hands on Hartford website.


Junior Achievement of Southwest New England

Junior Achievement offers opportunities for business and community volunteers to facilitate activities in local schools.   JA programs teach students in kindergarten through high school the basics of financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship.  Essentially, JA prepares young people for future success and volunteers become role models and mentors for the students we serve.  Volunteering opportunities are fun and are available in several formats: 1. JA in a Day – spend 4.5 hours in an elementary school; 2. Weekly – visit a classroom, during the school day, once a week for five to seven weeks (45 minutes each visit) or 3. Afterschool – visit a classroom, after school, once a week for five to seven weeks (45 minutes each visit).  Recruitment is ongoing. For more information, visit the Volunteer section of the JA website and/or contact Jeremy Race at jrace@jaconn.org.


Volunteer as a Cultural Navigator

Make a difference in the world of immigrants! Hartford Public Library seeks volunteer Cultural Navigators to guide new arrival immigrants as they make the transition to living in Hartford. Volunteers and new arrivals will meet weekly at the downtown Hartford Public Library over a 12-week period. For further information, please click here or contact Intercultural Liaison Nancy Caddigan at 860-695-6316 or ncaddigan@hplct.org.


Freshplace

Freshplace

Freshplace is not a typical food pantry. It offers those in need fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy and meats in addition to staple items. It allows patrons to choose their own foods to meet their individual health, cultural and family needs. Freshplace also provides case management and referral services to help client’s access services that can provide assistance to help them become more self-sufficient. Freshplace is a resource, revitalizing Hartford’s Upper Albany and Asylum Hill neighborhoods and creating a center for community involvement. Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Local grocery store pick-up’s: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday morning’s all in West Hartford
  • Volunteer in Freshplace: Tuesday and Thursday 10-2pm and Saturday from 9-1 pm
  • Help unload and re-package our weekly food donation from Foodshare on Friday’s from 9-1pm.  This is a great opportunity to volunteer as a team, if this is something you are interested in.
  • Freshplace’s Saturday hours also are a great opportunity to come as a small group, call in advance to reserve.
Freshplace is open Tuesday through Saturday 10a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers can staff half of a shift, which is a two-hour block, or a whole shift, which is a four-hour block. You can volunteer as part of an ongoing commitment or as a one-time volunteer. For more information and to sign-up as a volunteer, please contact Jonathan Mitchell at Chrysalis Center by emailing Jmitchell@chrysaliscenterct.org.


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PE Cup players can earn 1 extra point for their team for every 2 hour volunteer shift.  Each player will only earn up to 5 points for their team.  Contact Jonathan Mitchell or Ellyn Laramie to sign up, and be sure to tell them you're with HYPE!

Volunteer at Hartford Hospital

There are over 200 volunteer positions available at Hartford Hospital. Most of the opportunities are during the weekday, with some options open at night and on weekends. Volunteers staff the information desk, help with Art for Healing, become patient representatives and more. For more information visit the Hartford Hospital website.


Become a Mandell JCC Ambassador

Become a "Mandell JCC Ambassador" and share your talents, your experience, and your energy to help make our JCC community a better place. Our JCC Ambassadors benefit from a deeper engagement in the Center while our members and staff benefit from the good will and services that our Ambassadors provide. For more information visit the Mandell JCC website.


Be a Volunteer Literacy Tutor

As a volunteer tutor, you can work directly with speakers of other languages in our ESOL program or you can provide Basic Literacy instruction to native English-speakers who have to overcome many challenges in order to learn English. If computers are your thing, become a computer lab assistant and assist students with our educational software and with basic computer skills. If those positions don’t fit your needs, consider lending your talents to special project committees like communications, fundraising, and special events. For more information, visit the Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford website.


Greater Hartford Arts Council - Business Volunteers for the Arts

The Business Volunteers for the Arts program aims to pair business professionals with nonprofits in the region to work together on projects, build capacity in the organizations, and provide professionals with a great opportunity to give back with real impact. Each Business Volunteers for the Arts project takes about 3 to 6 months and they range in needs. The project they are currently seeking a volunteer for is a marketing project for Southington Community Cultural Arts.

A volunteer consultant will guide Southington Community Cultural Arts through the process of writing a strategic marketing plan, which defines communications goals, objects, target markets, creative strategies, and the most effective communication vehicles for an organization. Marketing includes all written, spoken, and electronic communication with audiences, and it broadens the reach, impact, and support base for the organization. The volunteer can work with the organization to provide expert inquiry that probes and challenges current organizational assumptions. For more information, contact

Community Programs Manager Amanda Roy.


Girl Scouts of Connecticut

Girl Scouts of Connecticut is the largest girl-led organization serving girls and women in Connecticut. Since the formation of the first Connecticut troop in 1912, Girl Scouts has been committed to building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. With 32,000 girls and 15,000 adult volunteers, the chances to have fun, explore new things, and make new friends never ceases. They want to ensure every girl, who desires to become a Girl Scout, is given an opportunity to do so. They have girls all throughout the state looking forward to joining a troop, but can’t because they don’t have enough volunteers.

They are actively seeking new volunteer leaders to help support these girls during their Girl Scouting experience. Were you a Girl Scout growing up and ready to volunteer as a troop leader now? Do you want to fulfill your own longing to become a Girl Scout? Reach out to to become a volunteer leader! Email for more information.SaveSaveSaveSav