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.


Special Olympics West Hartford

customLogo.gifSpecial Olympics West Hartford is looking for a volunteer volleyball coach! Practices run from late September through mid November and will be held at King Philip Middle School in West Hartford. The coach will provide sport skill instruction to a team of approximately 35 athletes, and Special Olympics West Hartford will provide all necessary coaches training and resources! For more information call (860) 920-5680 or email Special Olympics West Hartford.


Our Piece of the Pie Summer Youth Employment & Learning Program

OE Our Piece of the PieOur 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.

Worksite hosts:

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 (or 17th) they will work at their respective worksites.

Facilitators:

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.


New England Warrior Dash

OE Warrior DashWarrior Dash is the 5k obstacle course race and festival enjoyed by over three million Warriors worldwide. Since 2009, this is the get-dirty race anyone can start and everyone can finish. And once you’re done, get ready to party at a festival with a live DJ, great beer, activities and sponsors and the best people watching. The New England Warrior Dash is on Saturday, August 18th in East Thompson, CT! They are in need of volunteers!

Course volunteers will be asked to help in a variety of capacities that might include:

-Setting up a water check and handing out water to runners
-Setting up the finish line and rewarding participants with cheers, a finisher medal, and water
-Helping out at either our Fire or Goliath obstacle by instructing participants on safe methods of completing the obstacle, and maintaining the fire (if applicable).

Festival volunteers will be asked to help in a variety of capacities that might include:
-Selling merchandise from the Warrior Store
-Setting up the T-Shirt Pick-Up area and giving each participant a sweet t-shirt and fuzzy Warrior helmet
-Instructing participants on the proper way to store a bag at the entrance to our free bag drop and/or checking that bibs numbers and bag numbers match at the exit of the bag drop
-Checking participant and spectator IDs and providing wristbands to individuals who are 21+
-Checking participant bibs and wave times as they enter the start corral

Packet Pick-Up volunteers will be asked to:

-Ask for participants’ ID
-Collect the participant signed waiver
-Find participant in computer by typing in name
- Scan a bib and double check bib number went into the computer

To volunteer contact Carrie .


Chrysalis Center Gardens

Railway Gardens is a volunteer effort to grow fresh foods for patrons of the Freshplace food pantry. The gardens feature 15 raised beds with more than 500 square feet of space to grow a variety of vegetables. Volunteers plant in the spring, tend the garden throughout the summer and harvest the vegetables as they mature, helping to feed those in need throughout our community.

Chrysalis Center is in need of volunteers to help keep the gardens weed free. Shifts are available 9:00-10:00am weekdays and Saturdays. Click here to sign up on their volunteer page.

HYPE Cup teams can earn 1 extra point for volunteering. Eligible dates are weekdays and Saturdays starting 9/1/18 through 10/1/2018. To volunteer contact Ellyn Laramie and be sure to tell her you are with HYPE Cup.


Making a House a Home

Journey Home's Making a House a Home program connects those who have recently experienced homelessness with furniture once they have moved into housing. Our volunteers help to deliver the furniture and household items to clients in need. We meet at our warehouse, load up a box truck, and caravan out to 2-3 client’s homes. Our goal is to make sure that everyone has a table to eat at, a chair to sit in, and a bed to sleep on!

They need your help! Volunteer times vary on both Saturday and Sundays. Contact Alison Scharr to sign up!

HYPE Cup teams can earn 1 extra point for volunteering. Eligible dates are Saturday and Sundays 10:00-1:00pm starting 9/1/18 through 12/31/2018. To volunteer contact Alison Scharr and be sure to tell her you are with HYPE Cup.


HYPE Community Collection

With many local families preparing for back to school needs we are excited to be supporting Hands On Hartford's Backpack Nutrition Program at our community collection during Get HYPEd at V's Trattoria on Wednesday, September 5th!

Through this program, backpacks containing four meals, drinks and snacks are distributed to children each Friday during the school year, plus weekly enhancements, nutrition resource information and school supplies. We’ll be collecting the most needed items below:

Individual serving size Shelf Stable Milk
Individual serving size Oatmeal & Cereal Packs
Individual serving size Unsweetened Apple Sauce
Individual serving size Fruit Cups
Individual serving size raisins
Low Sodium canned Soup
Canned ravioli or spaghetti
Mac n' Cheese (boxes or cups)
Granola Bars
100% Juice Boxes
Individual serving size snacks (crackers, popcorn, etc.)
Notebooks
Folders
Rulers
Blue or black ballpoint pens
No. 2 pencils
Highlighters
Washable markers
Glue sticks
Crayons
Colored pencils
Backpacks

HYPE Cup teams can earn 1 extra point for every 5 items donated from the above list. Teams can earn a maximum of 1 point per person. For more information contact Program Director Jackie Valliere.



Hartford Marathons Foundation Women's Triathlon

The Women’s Triathlon is a sprint distance tri, conducted in a friendly non-intimidating environment, and caters to women of all abilities and ages on Saturday, September 8th. Participants will swim 1/2 mile in Dunning Lake at Winding Trails, then cycle 12 miles through the quiet roads of Farmington and Avon and finish with a flat 5K run on the shaded, wide dirt trails in Winding Trails.

HYPE Cup teams can earn 1 extra point for volunteering and 1 extra point for participating. To volunteer sign up here, and if you participate email a snapshot image of your race time to Jackie Valliere.


CRCOG Bike & Pedestrian Data Collection

The Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) is a voluntary Council of Governments formed to initiate and implement regional programs of benefit to the towns and the region. Help CRCOG with their Bike & Pedestrian Data Collection Project! They are in need of volunteers to help collect data on the below dates and times. Contact Mike Cipriano to volunteer.

Tuesday, September 11th | 4:00-6:00pm
Wednesday, September 12th | 4:00-6:00pm
Thursday, September 13th | 4:00-6:00pm
Saturday, September 15th | 11:00-1:00pm
Sunday, September 16th | 11:00-1:00pm

HYPE Cup teams can earn 1 extra point for volunteering. To volunteer contact Mike Cipriano and be sure to tell him you are with HYPE Cup.


Business for Downtown Hartford 17th Annual Golf Classic

Business for Downtown Hartford (BFDH) is looking for ten volunteers to help with their annual golf tournament fundraiser on Wednesday, September 12th at Keney Park Golf Course in Hartford. Duties will include course set up; monitoring holes for closest to the pin, hole in one, and longest drive; and selling tickets  for the air cannon on the course and to win prizes.

There are three shifts of three hours each:
8:00-11:00am
11:00: 2:00pm
2:00- 5:00pm

Please email Jennifer Cassidy to sign up or for more information.

HYPE Cup teams can earn 1 extra point for volunteering. To volunteer contact Jennifer Cassidy and be sure to tell her you are with HYPE Cup.


Creative Living Community Golf Tournament

Creative Living Community of CT is looking for up to twelve volunteers to help with their second annual golf tournament fundraiser on September 15th at Twin Hills Country Club in Coventry.

Duties will include monitoring holes for hole in one, closest to the pin, and longest drive. Two shifts of three hours each are available and volunteers will be paired up. Please email Kate Arildsen to sign up or for more information. All proceeds from the event will go toward the nonprofit’s vision of a farm community for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

HYPE Cup teams can earn 1 extra point for volunteering. To volunteer contact Kate Arildsen and be sure to tell her you are with HYPE Cup.


Arts and Crafts Night

The Chrysalis Center is in need of volunteers to help with their Arts and Craft nights. They are in need of two to three volunteers to host Arts and Crafts Night at their supportive housing in Hartford. They ask the volunteers to plan a craft, bring supplies and come for one hour to host the event. These are families in need and they are trying to create a sense of community and share how easy it can be to interact as a family. The dates they need help from 5:00-6:00pm are:

Tuesday, September 18th
Tuesday, October 2nd
Tuesday, November 6th
Tuesday, December 4th
Tuesday, January 8th
Tuesday, February 5th
Tuesday, March 5th
Tuesday, April 2nd


Contact Ellyn Laramie to volunteer!

HYPE Cup teams can earn 1 extra point for volunteering. To volunteer contact Ellyn Laramie and be sure to tell her you are with HYPE Cup.


AIDS Walk 2018

Nobody with HIV/AIDS walks alone. Join AIDS CT for their walk on Saturday, September 22nd at 9:30am at the MDC Reservoir in West Hartford as they raise funds to support people living with HIV/AIDS in Connecticut. The event will feature a scenic 5K walk around the reservoir, music, zumba warmups, refreshments, t-shirts, and prizes for top fundraisers. They are in need of volunteers to help with t-shirts, food, registration and to promote the event. Contact Wendy Graveley to volunteer today!

HYPE Cup teams can earn 1 extra point for volunteering. To volunteer contact Wendy Graveley and be sure to tell her you are with HYPE Cup.


ASTC 2018

The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) is coming to Hartford on September 27th - October 2nd! The Connecticut Science Center is hosting this conference for the first time! They want to show the world that Hartford is an exciting and growing hub for science and technology. They are in need of volunteers!

The shifts will be approximately 3-6 hours long and will offer diverse experiences including: Hospitality, Data Collection & Exhibit Hall Monitors. The conference hosts approximately 2,000 museum professionals, designers, educators and scientists from around the world and we need your support!

What's in it for you?

  • Complimentary ticket(s) to the Connecticut Science Center OR attend ASTC Conference session(s) for free.
  • Free ASTC Conference T-Shirt, complimentary parking, and snacks.
  • Meet STEM museum professionals, educators, exhibit designers and scientists from all over the world.
  • Being a part of Hartford’s growing Science & Technology scene.

For more information conact Patricia Faulds, Director of Visitor Services, or sign up today by going to their volunteer page.

HYPE Cup teams can earn 1 extra point for volunteering. Click here to go to their volunteer page, and be sure to add a comment that states that you are with HYPE when registering.


Holiday Light Fantasia Set Up

Holiday Light FantasiaHoliday Light Fantasia is a Hartford tradition and the largest event Channel 3 Kids Camp presents each year, bringing in thousands of visitors and important financial support. Channel 3 Kids Camp staff are joined by sponsors, supporters and volunteers like you to set up lighted displays in Goodwin Park beginning October 2, 2018 and continues until opening day on Thanksgiving Night.

Volunteers are needed to help with the installation and display set up which includes getting displays out of storage, testing displays, replacing bulbs and setting up scenes along the 2½ mile path through Goodwin Park. Also needed are: park clean up/land clearing, electrical work and more. Heavy lifting is involved with certain jobs. To volunteer contact Jana Tierney.

HYPE Cup teams can earn 1 extra point for volunteering. To volunteer contact Jana Tierney and be sure to tell her you are with HYPE Cup.


Heart Walk 2018

OE American Heart AssociationLife is why they walk. Join the American Heart Association for their Heart Walk 2018 on Saturday, October 6th at 9am. They are in need of walkers, donors and volunteers who have accepted the challenge to help fight heart disease and stroke. They cannot achieve their mission without each one of you!

They are looking for volunteers to form walk teams as well as help with tasks the day of the event. Contact Wendy Schrlau to sign up to volunteer and/or for more information.

HYPE Cup teams can earn 1 extra point for volunteering. To volunteer contact Wendy Schrlau and be sure to tell her you are with HYPE Cup.



EverSource Hartford Marathon

The biggest race day in Connecticut is celebrating its 25th running in 2018 – don’t miss out!! With Marathon, Half Marathon, Team 26.2 Relay and Charity 5K, there’s a distance for everyone and a positive experience awaiting. Join runners, families, charities and volunteers to come together in an inspiring display of community spirit at the EverSource Hartford Marathon on Saturday, October 13th.

They are in need of volunteers! Click here to sign up today. 

HYPE Cup teams can earn 1 extra point for volunteering and 1 extra point for participating. To volunteer sign up here, and if you participate email a snapshot image of your race time to Jackie Valliere.


Pedal to the Medal

Have you ever wanted to ride your bike with a couple hundred friends in the hours before the Eversource Hartford Marathon kicks off? Join us for the new Hartford tradition, Pedal to the Medal! They launch on Saturday, October 13th at 3:30 am at the marathon’s starting line, and ride the course until 6:30 am. A portion of registration fees goes to BiCi Co., Hartford’s only educational bike store.

HYPE Cup teams can earn 1 extra point for participating. If you participate, email a snapshot image of your race time to Jackie Valliere.



Butterfly Bash

The Chrysalis Center’s 14th Annual Butterfly Bash will take place on Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 6:00pm – 9:30pm at the TCC (Training & Conference Center) in the Chrysalis Center Social Innovation Hub, 255 Homestead Avenue in Hartford. The event attracts over 200 guests and will feature dinner, entertainment and live and silent auctions. The Butterfly Bash is the signature fundraising event for Chrysalis Center, raising much-needed funds to support the agency’s Veterans Support Services, Freshplace Food Pantry and core services of the agency including Community Case Management, Community Employment Services, Community Supportive Housing, Community Recovery Services and Community Connections. They are in need of volunteers! Contact Ellyn Laramie to sign up today. 

HYPE Cup teams can earn 1 extra point for volunteering. To volunteer contact Ellyn Laramie and be sure to tell her you are with HYPE Cup.



HMF Fit Kids in School

Hartford Marathon Foundation (HMF) is fully committed to helping school children develop a healthy, active lifestyle. Through HMF FitKids in School they support elementary and middle school students with a 6 week, goal oriented running program at NO cost to the student or their participating school. The culmination is a grand “Medal Day” event produced by HMF complete with music, cheering spectators, commemorative finisher medals, t-shirts, healthy snacks and fitness activities on Tuesday, October 30th. 

They are in need of volunteers! Click here to sign up today. 

HYPE Cup teams can earn 1 extra point for volunteering and 1 extra point for participating. To volunteer sign up here, and if you participate email a snapshot image of your race time to Jackie Valliere.



STARS Gala

OE Intensive Education AcademyJoin Intensive Education Academy for their annual stars gala on Friday, November 2nd! This event includes a cocktail hour, dinner, silent and live auctions, as well as a raffle, and dancing! The volunteers will hep with check in, check out, and the silent auction.

Contact Christianna Connery to sign up and for more information.

HYPE Cup teams can earn 1 extra point for volunteering. To volunteer contact Christianna Connery and be sure to tell her you are with HYPE Cup.


Manchester Road Race

The Manchester Road Race is seeking volunteers on Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 22, 2018.  Help is needed mainly in the pre-race time from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM to manage the expected 15,000 runners and walkers filling Main Street Manchester. Some of the volunteers will be asked to assist at the timed starting areas. The volunteers who qualify and want to run the race will be placed in the timed areas pre-race.

To sign up to volunteer contact Irene Smith by email or by calling 860-646-2175 or 860-559-9254.

HYPE Cup teams can earn 1 extra point for volunteering. To volunteer contact Irene Smith and be sure to tell her you are with HYPE Cup.


Holiday Light Fantasia

Holiday Light Fantasia is a Hartford tradition and the largest event Channel 3 Kids Camp presents each year, bringing in thousands of visitors and important financial support. Channel 3 Kids Camp staff are joined by sponsors, supporters and volunteers like you to help staff the show itself from November 23rd through January 1st, 2019.

Volunteers will help with ticketing and show operations which includes assisting staff, sponsors, and the Kids Camp Board of Directors at the gate during the show. Approximately 6 – 10 people are needed per night to successfully operate the show.  Activities include: ticketing, directing traffic, and handing out programs. The event is open 7 days a week.

HYPE Cup teams can earn 1 extra point for volunteering. To volunteer contact Jana Tierney and be sure to tell her you are with HYPE Cup.


Norwich Winterfest 5k

Come check out the Norwich Winterfest 5K, a great race put on to benefit Reliance Health, Inc., a non-profit community mental health center on Saturday, December 1st. The race is open to both walkers and runners at all fitness and experience levels – a fun family event to get moving and active! Family activities on race day will include face painting, an HMF FitKids fun run and then the annual Winterfest parade after the race, beginning at 1:00 pm. Athlete massage provided and showers are available for runners staying for the parade.

They are in need of volunteers! Click here to sign up today. 

HYPE Cup teams can earn 1 extra point for volunteering and 1 extra point for participating. To volunteer sign up here, and if you participate email a snapshot image of your race time to Jackie Valliere.


Blue Back Mitten Run

The Blue Back Mitten Run on Sunday, December 2nd is a festive family holiday tradition welcomes runners and walkers of all ages and abilities to celebrate the season as a community. The 5K winds through West Hartford neighborhoods, lined with homes decorated for the holidays and festive shop windows. High-fives from Santa, gourmet hot chocolate and holiday cookies await finishers in Blue Back Square.

They are in need of volunteers! Click here to sign up today. 

HYPE Cup teams can earn 1 extra point for volunteering and 1 extra point for participating. To volunteer sign up here, and if you participate email a snapshot image of your race time to Jackie Valliere.


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.


Coventry Farm

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.

HYPE Cup teams can earn 1 extra point for their team for every 4 hour shift volunteered (up to 5 points). To volunteer contact Kate Arildsen, and be sure to tell her you are with HYPE Cup.



Creative Living

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. 

HYPE Cup teams can earn 1 extra point for their team for every 4 hour shift volunteered (up to 5 points). To volunteer contact Kate Arildsen, and be sure to tell her you are with HYPE Cup.


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 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.

HYPE Cup teams can earn 1 extra point for their team for every 4 hour shift volunteered (up to 5 points). To volunteer contact Ellyn Laramie, and be sure to tell her you are with HYPE Cup.


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.