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.
Let's Get Ready
Let's Get Ready provides high school students from historically underrepresented backgrounds with free SAT preparation, admissions counseling, and other support services needed to gain admission to and graduate from college. Services are provided by volunteer college students who also serve as role models and mentors. We operate programs throughout the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions.
They're in need of coaches on Tuesdays or Thursdays for 3 hours a week. Volunteer Coaches commit to:
- Serving as a mentor and role model to a small group of high school students
- Three hours one evening per week from mid-June to early August
- Attending 1-2 trainings throughout the term
- Following up with high school students throughout the program
Contact Neha Surender for more information or to sign up.
Our Piece of the Pie Summer Youth Employment & Learning Program
Our Piece of the Pie (OPP) executes the City of Hartford and Capital Workforce Partners Summer Youth Employment & Learning Program (SYELP), which is designed to give young adult exposure into the world of work through paid work experiences. SYELP is generally 5-6 weeks in duration.They're in need of volunteers for worksite hosts and facilitators. Their goal is to partner with a variety of employers across all industries in an effort to appeal to the varied interests of our young adult participants.
Their summer program runs for about 4-5 weeks (contingent upon funding). OPP would be the employer of record, so they will manage all aspects
of the payroll process, and they are fully insured (little to no risk!) The first week (July 9th - 12th) will be used for “on boarding” the participants (i.e. orientation, resume writing, job readiness training, opening bank accounts for direct deposit, and the job fair). The following week, 16th
through August 10th
) they will work at their respective worksites.
They are looking for young professionals who can facilitate the Job Readiness workshops (essentially offering the youth strategies/best practices to maintain employment). They will offer some talking points such as; office etiquette, code switching/professionalism, dress code, attendance/punctuality, customer service, etc. The workshops are scheduled for July 10th from 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm.
To volunteer, or for more information, contact Chanda Robinson.
On Going Volunteer Opportunities
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.
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.
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.
Center for Latino Progress
Are 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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.
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.