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.
CREC Back to School Block Party
The August block party, held at the CREC Central headquarters on Charter Oak Avenue in Hartford, is a collaborative effort — an opportunity for the Greater Hartford community to come together to help area children and families as they prepare to start the new school year. At the event, CREC, along with the city of Hartford and more than 30 community groups, provides important information about schools and local services and free food to the more than 2,000 people who attend.
Volunteers are needed for the August 14th event! Sign up to volunteer or contact Brandon McGee at (860) 490-9641.
Riverfront Recapture Dragon Boat & Asian Festival
Looking for a fun, unique volunteering experience? Be right in the middle of the action at the Dragon Boat Races! Mingle with the paddlers as you accompany them to their race or volunteer right on the docks! More opportunities to join in as a volunteer at the Asian Festival on the Upper Plaza! Email Margie Girardi-Telech, Volunteer & Programs Coordinator, for more information or sign up for a shift here.
Volunteers are needed through August
Jordan Porco Foundation
The Jordan Porco Foundation is an Official Charity of the Eversource Hartford Marathon, Saturday, October 12, 2019. They are recruiting runners and volunteers for their IN IT 4 LIFE TEAM. If you would like to join the team as a volunteer, contact Beth at email@example.com.
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers are always needed and appreciated to keep on of Hartford's greatest parks beautiful! Park cleanups are scheduled on the first Saturday of the month from 9-11am starting on May 4, 2019.
Volunteers are supplied gloves, equipment, coffee, water and snacks! To register as a volunteer please email Mary Zeman.
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.
Children in Placement Child Advocacy Volunteer
Children in Placement advocates for effective judicial review, supportive services and safe permanent homes on behalf of Connecticut's abused/neglected children. They are looking for Guardian ad Litem (GAL) volunteers to advocate on behalf of children and youth in their local communities. They are also looking for Youth Sponsor volunteers to work with youth 13 to 24 years of age who have been in foster care without a permanent placement, have had multiple placements, are aging out/close to aging out, or for whom adoption is no longer wanted or a viable choice. Contact Suzette Threet at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Creative Living Community of Connecticut (CLCC) has an opportunity at the site of their brand new farm in Coventry! They are need of volunteers to organize a time to come out and help them with the clean up. They desperately need help with planting, clearing, small repairs and the myriad of other tasks that revolve around farm life! The farm will be used for vocational training and housing for individuals with disabilities. Volunteering is by appointment only. If you are able to help out contact Alex Koenigsberg.
Go help Creative Living Community of Connecticut (CLCC) 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 and Thursdays 10:00am-2:00pm, Fridays 9:00am-11:00am, and Saturdays 9:00am-1:00pm,. 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.
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.
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.
Hartford Public Library 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Second Chance Shop
The Village for Families and Children is seeking volunteers who enjoy working with wonderful people, clothing and housewares to volunteer at their newest Second Chance Shop. Located at 175 Park Rd, west Hartford, The Shop is a thrift shop (community donations are coming in daily) selling beautiful items to benefit the Village for Families and Children. Located on a campus in Hartford, the Village gives children, families and adults the hope they need to believe that their lives are meaningful. Through innovative specialized care, they find the help that is necessary for moving forward. The Village is unwavering in bringing about real and meaningful change.
Volunteers are needed for up to 7 hours per month on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays during the following shifts: 9:45am -1:00PM or 1:00pm-4:15pm.
Contact Carol Waxman by email or phone at (860)561-6980 for more information.
YMCA Reach & Rise Mentoring Program
The YMCA of Greater Hartford offers a mentor program to the youth at the Downtown YMCA. The Reach & Rise Mentoring program is a national mentoring program of Y-USA that matches children ages 9-17 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 Reach & Rise Website or for other program opportunities.