2017 Community Conversations Recap

Dec 29, 2017

Part of HYPE’s mission is to help young professionals become better engaged in community life, expand professional and social opportunities, and become ambassadors for the Hartford Region. HYPE encourages cross-collaboration among agencies and organizations that offer opportunities to volunteer in the community. The Community Conversations series focuses on interviewing professionals in a local nonprofit to bring awareness to their mission, highlight their impact in the community, and to provide information on how to get more involved with the organization. Let's take a look back on our blog series and revisit how HYPEsters can get involved in these amazing organizations!

JMPlogo_2015February - The Jordan Porco Foundation
The primary way an individual can help to further the mission of the Jordan Porco Foundation is by spreading awareness and having the courage to open the conversation around suicide and mental health. Know the warning signs, look out for your peers, and be aware of what resources are available in your community. We are always greatly appreciative of any and all financial contributions our supporters can make. We are also currently looking for new colleges and universities to become involved in the program so would love any connections and help spreading the word!

indexMarch - The Center for Latino Progress

There are many ways to get involved in CLP’s work, whether it be tutoring with FUTOROS on the weekend, hands-on volunteering at BiCi Co. or even providing an opportunity for a high school intern at your corporation. BiCi Co. needs your help to further expand reach, hours, and shop space. Those who care about cycling and job access in the Hartford area can dedicate time or funds to the organization to aid in their mission. Community hours are available to volunteer Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays to help build bikes available for sale and donation.  BiCi Co. also sells upcycled used bicycles to provide greater access to healthy, sustainable transportation to the Hartford area. Bicycle and part sales contribute as a social enterprise to support BiCi Co. community programs. Futuros is looking to expand capacity for mentorship, tutoring and professional development. Volunteers can provide their time on Saturdays to local students in the program.

indexApril - HARC
Please visit Harc’s website to learn more. You can also check out this quick video to hear how Harc has changed lives and changed minds providing lives of quality, inclusion and dignity. To volunteer or schedule a time to visit Harc, please contact Fred Stula, Harc’s Director of Public Policy & Communications at (860) 218-6089 or by email.

indexJune - Foodshare
Foodshare could not distribute the millions of pounds of food without the hard work and dedication from volunteers, which at last count numbered over 4,700 people. Roles include sorting food donations, retail pickup, assisting at regional markets, being an ambassador, and helping with the annual events such as Walk Against Hunger and A Turkey and Thirty. To learn more about how to become a volunteer, check the volunteer hub or contact Edna Bailey, Volunteer Coordinator by email at or 860-286-9999 x126.

indexAugust - Chrysalis Center
Volunteers are welcome at Chrysalis Center. This past year, over 300 volunteers gave of their time and talent in a variety of volunteer activities. Please visit Chrysalis Centers’ website to learn more about their services. Chrysalis Center is always looking to get more Volunteers involved in assisting individuals through the plethora of services they have to offer for transforming lives. Please visit the volunteer page to find more information on how you can be part of a culture to help transform lives. You can also email Arlene Greco for volunteer opportunities and more details. Don’t forget to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

indexSeptember - Hands On Hartford

Volunteers are at the center of everything Hands On Hartford does, and support all of HOH’s programming. They cook and serve meals in the soup kitchen; they stock shelves, shop with guests, run food drives, and pick up and deliver fresh produce for the food pantry; pack and deliver backpacks for food-insecure elementary school children; and donate weekend meals and run community activities for the housing program. Volunteers also put their expertise to good use by helping with finance, communications, marketing, governance, entertainment, training, and education. Hands On Hartford also offers customized service projects for schools, churches, businesses, and other groups. Service programs like Dash for a Difference allow groups to serve the community while getting to know the city better. To get more involved, contact Wanda Guzman, Program Manager – Community Engagement at 860-706-1507 or by email.

jfs-tag-logoOctober - Jewish Family Services
Volunteers bring in new perspectives and new ideas and there are a number of ways to get involved. Sometimes people participate in some of the programs and want to do something as a volunteer.  If there is no prior relationship, typically the way you might start is by contacting the volunteer coordinator to learn about volunteer opportunities. Some are hands on, such as helping in the kosher food pantry, volunteers also visit with older adults who are homebound, and people serve on the board of directors, and committees. You may have a specialized skill and want to volunteer those services. It’s not just about volunteering within the services offered by the organization; Jewish Family Services is also willing to explore other volunteer opportunities that they need to develop. People attend some of the events and decide to volunteer afterwards, because something may have resonated with them and they decide to become involved. To get more involved contact Sherry Waitsman by email or by phone 860-761-7080. You can also visit their volunteer page.

20604478_1120347868109206_2609809304433981077_nNovember - YMCA of Greater Hartford
There are many ways to get involved with the YMCA of Greater Hartford. They always encourage those in the community to become members; they offer membership rates for children, young adults, single adults, couples, single-parent households, two-parent households, seniors and more. They also offer financial assistance to those in need, because they feel that everyone should have the opportunity to achieve their goals. To learn more about membership, please visit their Welcome Centers or visit them online. They also offer volunteer and employment opportunities. They are always looking for sports coaches, child care teachers, mentors, additions to their branch and association boards of directors, and much more. To learn more, please visit our Welcome Centers, or visit us online to volunteer or for employment. You can also support the YMCA of Greater Hartford by attending Tons of Toys on Wednesday, December 6th! All toys donated will benefit the youth and families served by the YMCA of Greater Hartford. Check out the FAQ blog for more details!

We're so grateful for all of our amazing community partners! We look forward to what 2018 will bring!



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