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. 

Friendship Circle

The Friendship CircleFriendship Circle brings together children- young adults living with and without disability for an array of social and Judaic programs. Together they enjoy mutually rewarding experiences such as weekly get togethers, holiday celebrations and creative cooking and art programs. Inspired by the magic of genuine friendship and further understanding our members are encouraged to see the greatness in themselves and in others, empowering everyone to develop a more accommodating and inclusive Jewish community for all. Joining the Friendship Circle is about volunteering some of your time for a child in your neighborhood who really needs a friend. It's about the amazing fun times and the incredible feelings of accomplishment you will enjoy while you're at it. And it's about the fringe benefits that come along with being a part of the circle.

Young Adult Circle dates:

Sunday, June 2, Trip to NY!

For more info contact email  Shayna Gopin, or call her at (860) 833-4035

Beyond the Bell

OE UWELSBeyond the Bell is an after school experience for students participating in programs at two Hartford Community Schools: Thirman L. Milner School and Dwight-Bellizzi Asian Studies Academy. Emerging Leaders Society (ELS) members design and facilitate activities related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), programming in partnership with Microsoft.

They're looking for volunteers on the below dates:

Friday, April 27th: Milner & Bellizzi Schools from 4:45-6:00pm

To volunteer contact Rebekah Castagno.

HYPE Cup players will earn 1 extra point for their team for volunteering. Contact Rebekah Castagno and tell her that you're with HYPE Cup to earn your points.

Connecticut History Day

CT History DayLast year, thousands of Connecticut middle and high school students participated in Connecticut History Day by attending workshops and creating projects for school contests. Of those, 1,600 competed in regional contests across the state. From that select group, 475 qualified to move on to the State Contest and 73 of them represented Connecticut at the national level.

They could not provide the wonderful, positive contest experiences for these young people without their amazing volunteers! Please save the dates for the upcoming spring contests and consider signing up to be a Connecticut History Day judge.

Saturday, April 28: State Contest at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain

You can find more information or sign up here.

 Volunteer Work in Bushnell Park

The Bushnell Park Foundation are looking for volunteers in the month of April to help them clean up Bushnell Park. The two main volunteers roles would be:

Clean the Arch | 2-3 hours | Sweep the Arch from top to bottom and clean the roadway
Flower Beds | 2-3 hours | Weed flower beds, rake and clean debris, spread mulch

Contact Mary Zeman, Foundation Manager, at 860-232-6710 if you're available.

HYPE Cup players will earn 1 extra point for their team for volunteering. Contact Mary Zeman and tell her that you're with HYPE Cup to earn your points.

Youth Forum Meetings

The Connecticut Forum are looking for volunteers to help run their monthly meetings! Volunteers would assist in setting up the meeting space, monitor technology, student check-in, and monitor the food. These student exchange meetings consist of 12-15 high school students who attend the meetings to stay focused, safe, and have fun. This program empowers teens by encouraging student centered learning.

Tuesday, April 24th | Farmington High School | Topic: Let's Talk About Sex | 3:30-5:30pm
Tuesday, May 22nd | Cromwell High School| Topic: Yearly Recap and Senior Send Off | 3:30-5:30pm

Contact Haley Turner to get involved. 

Financial Reality Fair

CaptureA hands-on opportunity for students to test living within a budget and have a better appreciation of the importance of budgeting, financial planning, and making wise purchasing choices. You can help enrich the learning experience by staffing a booth which serves as a simulation of the goods and services students would shop for throughout their lives. We will be conducting raffles to make the event more enjoyable for the students. If your company would like to donate a raffle item it would be greatly appreciated.

They're in need of volunteers on Friday, April 27th from 7:00am-1:00pm at Bulkeley High School. To sign up, or for more information, contact Wendy Tariff at 860-757-0583.

Mahoney Sabol 5k

OE MahoneySabol5k#MahoneySabol5K.  Join runners and walkers at the MahoneySabol 5K at the Travelers Championship to race along the Cromwell roads that line the fairways and greens of TPC River Highlands on Saturday, April 28th. Race day offers both a 5K run/walk and Key Bank Kids Run. When the race is done, keep the action going – all participants get one ticket valid for any one day admission to the 2018 Travelers Championship!

They're in need of volunteers! Go to their volunteer page for more information on how you can sign up to help. Contact Jess Hallet for more information.

HYPE Cup players will earn 1 extra point for their team for volunteering. Be sure when signing up to click the button that you're with HYPE in order to earn your points. Players will also earn 1 extra point for participating in the race. Email your race results to Program Director Jackie Valliere to earn your points.

Pouring for a Purpose

logo_chapter126Join Chapter 126 Sports & Fitness and Miracle League of Connecticut for the first annual Pouring For A Purpose on Saturday, April 28, 2018! This is a collaborative fundraising event, celebrating the partnership between these two non-profits which provide recreational services for people with disabilities. They are looking for volunteers to help greet attendees at the door, monitor raffle tables, pick winning raffle tickets, assist with parking, replenish refreshments, and hand out giveaways. The event runs from 7:00-10:00pm at Chapter 126 located at 47 Upson Street, Bristol, CT 06010. Volunteers will not able to partake in the liquor tastings if they are on shift.

Please contact Stephanie Knightly if you are interested in helping out at this wonderful event!

Burlington to Collinsville

#CollinsvilleClassic10K. A scenic riverside 10K from Burlington to Collinsville on Saturday, May 12th. The 6.2 mile 10K course takes runners along the multi-use trail along the Farmington River. The course is flat, shaded and filled with scenic views of the sparkling river. Race finish is in downtown Collinsville, a quaint area with restaurants and shops to enjoy post-race. The Burlington to Collinsville Classic is the first in the three-race 10K Challenge series, taking runners across picturesque communities in CT. Participants in the challenge who register in advance also earn a commemorative medal. Details…

They're in need of volunteers! Go to their volunteer page for more information on how you can sign up to help. Contact Jess Hallet for more information.

CHR 1 in 5: 5k and Fun Walk

Join people of all ages as Community Health Resources raises awareness about mental health and substance use! The event on Saturday, May 19th includes a one-mile walking course or a 5K run across scenic routes overlooking the Hartford skyline. The name "1 in 5" aligns with the fact that one in five Americans will experience a mental health issue at some point in their life. Also, the May 19 date falls within Mental Health Awareness Month.

Volunteers are needed to assist with water stations, the registration desk, keeping runners and walkers on the course, as well as cheering on the runners and walkers as they make their way across the finish line! Some participants are CHR clients and really love the boost of getting cheered on!

To register as a volunteer, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Colleen McGill, Development & Communications Associate or call (860) 697-3463.

Mystic Half Marathon & 10k

#MysticHalf. 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 on Sunday, May 20th. Enjoy a spectacular fan-filled finish line in front of Mystic Aquarium. Like Mystic itself, this event promises to quickly become a true New England classic. Pre-race and post-race festivities and award ceremony take place in Olde Mistick Village, where a quarter mile and half mile HMF FitKids race also steps off. Enjoy the shops, restaurants and activities the area has to offer (see the Area Guide tab for details and discounts). HMF is proud to name the Rotary Club of Mystic as the charity partner of the Mystic Half Marathon & 10K. More…

They're in need of volunteers! Go to their volunteer page for more information on how you can sign up to help. Contact Jess Hallet for more information.

Lung Force Walk

OE American Lung AssociationJoin the American Lung Association for the 2nd annual LUNG FORCE Walk on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at Great River Park. LUNG FORCE unites the community to stand together to raise awareness and funds to defeat lung cancer, the #1 cancer killer of women and men and raise our voices for lung health. Bring your unique skills, spirit and energy to the lifesaving mission of the American Lung Association.

They're looking for volunteers to help at the event with set-up of tents, the pet and children's area, face painting, cheerleaders, route signage, photographers, videographers, parking and clean up from 6:30 am to 1 pm. The LUNG FORCE walk is a family friendly, festival like event with interactive activities, face painting, music and a pet area. Proceeds from the event will help raise critically needed funds in support of the American Lung Association's lifesaving mission. All volunteers are able to receive community service recognition for their hard work, and will receive a free t-shirt and entry into our post event celebration. Encourage colleagues, friends and family members to join you in making a difference by attending the LUNG FORCE Walk.

Contact Mary Mackey for more information, or to sign up. 

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation 5k Walk/Run

OE Multiple Myeloma Research FoundationWith your help, they are changing the way the world treats multiple myeloma. Volunteering at the Team for Cures 5k Walk/Run is a wonderful way to come together and support the mission of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF). The MMRF is a patient-founded organization that has revolutionized  the way cancer research is being done. They envision a world where every patient has precisely what they need to prevent or defeat cancer.

Volunteers are instrumental to making the MMRF Team for Cures: Tri-State 5K happen. They need your help in making the 2018 event a meaningful and memorable day for our patients and their friends and family members. So grab a friend or two and come out to volunteer at the MMRF Team for Cures: Tri-State 5K!

Here are a few of the positions you can get involved in on RACE DAY!

WELCOME TEAM: Greeters/Traffic Flow, Participant Registration/Check-In

COURSE TEAM:  Course Marshals, Course Hydration, Start & Finish Line Operations

EVENT TEAM:  Gear Check, T-Shirts/Goodie Bag Distribution, Tot Trot, Refreshments/Breakfast

FLEX TEAM:  Happy to help anywhere you're needed!

For questions contact their Volunteer Coordinator at or call them at (203) 652-0227. 

On Going Volunteer Opportunities

Be a Volunteer Literacy Tutor

Literacy VolunteersAs 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

Hands on HartfordEver 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

JCC Mandell of Greater HartfordBecome 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

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 will earn 1 extra point for their team for volunteering weekdays 9-1pm, with a maximum of 5 total points earned per person. Contact Alex Koenigsberg snd tell him that you're with HYPE Cup to earn your points.


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.

HYPE Cup players will earn 1 extra point for their team for every Saturday shift (9-1pm) volunteered, with a maximum of 5 total points earned per person. Contact Jonathan Mitchell and tell him that you're with HYPE Cup to earn your points.

Girl Scouts of Connecticut

Girl ScoutsGirl 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.

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.

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.

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

YMCAThe 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.