2018 Community Conversations Recap

Dec 20, 2018

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.


February - Connecticut Public

Connecticut Public LogoThere are lots of ways to get involved at Connecticut Public! Please visit the website to learn more about volunteer activities and opportunities. They always encourage those in the community to become members. For additional information, follow CPTV on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

March - The National Multiple Sclerosis Society Connecticut Chapter

MS logoAs a Society, they believe to end MS  it will take every family member, friend, community partner, and person living with MS. There are many  ways to contribute to that effort. Take part in a fundraising event! No matter your interest and ability level, they have something fun for everyone. Whether it’s MuckFest or Bike MS, participation and fundraising is essential. And of course you can always join one of the Walk MS events!

They offer great volunteer opportunities. Their work wouldn’t be possible without the time and dedication of our volunteers. Be an advocate for change. Our voices can sometimes be our most powerful asset. This list goes on. Please visit their website for more ways to take part in our community and end MS forever!

Oak Hill

Oak Hill LogoThere are a multitude of ways to get involved with Oak Hill. From participating in group activities, to yard clean ups, to leading a trip to the park, hands on opportunities to volunteer are always needed. Advocacy and financial support are always needed in addition to volunteers. To volunteer or donate please contact the Oak Hill Development offices at 860-769-3830 or visit their website.

The Village for Families & Children

the village logoCheck out The Village on Facebook and Twitter for events. Check out their website for volunteer opportunities or other ways to get involved. You can be a mentor and role model after certification and a background check. You can adopt a child or provide foster care. You can help with VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), volunteer with Burr Community School or numerous special event projects. You can provide guidance to the Hartford Juvenile Board by reviewing cases for minor offenses and providing recommendations. There are so many ways to get involved with The Village and make a difference!

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving logoWanda believes anyone can be a philanthropist, all it takes is the desire to help. Her enthusiasm about the Foundation and all it has to offer to the community shines through as she invites everyone to attend one of the Listening Tour stops offered by the Foundation. Here you can share what you love about your town and what you might want to change. There will be upcoming events in Farmington, Windsor, West Hartford and Hartford.

The Foundation also has community briefings which you can attend. You can also consider giving to one of the Foundation Spark Funds, The Respond-Rebuild-Renew Fund or joining a Giving Circle. Additionally, you can follow the Hartford Foundation on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram. You can also sign up for the monthly newsletter on the Foundations Publications page, email Wanda at or call at 860-548-1888.

- United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut

united way logoGive.Your generous financial contribution directly to United Way will enable us to keep fighting for youth success, economic mobility, access to health and basic needs for every person in our 40-town region.

Advocate. Tell your personal story of being a United Way volunteer or benefiting from a United Way-supported program. And if you haven’t been involved, you can still speak to the importance of youth succeeding, family economic mobility, accessing health services and basic needs being met. Invite your friends to get involved. Each of us has the ability to inspire hope and create opportunities for children and families in the communities where we live and work. 

Join United Way Emerging Leaders Society (ELS) and/or United Way Women United®.

ELS represents young adults in our community committed to United Way’s mission and vision with an emphasis on helping children and youth succeed. This new generation of leaders is committed to BIG and LASTING CHANGE through their fundraising, friend-raising and community service.

United Way Women United® represents a diverse, vibrant international network of women leaders, more than 70,000 strong, in 165 communities in six countries.

Our Women United® is focused on family economic mobility. Annually, Women United® sponsors the Power of the Purse Luncheon and Silent Auction. Funds from the event support a Hartford-based Financial Center. Participants, many who are single, head of household, identify a personal financial goal that they achieve through individual and group support, financial education services, matched savings and job coaching.

Volunteer. Volunteers have the power to transform communities. United Way connects individuals with meaningful volunteer opportunities throughout our region. Whether you want to volunteer once a week or a few times a year, we have an opportunity that’s right for you. Click here to find an opportunity near you

Mercy Housing & Shelter Corporation

Mercy Housing LogoThere are a number of ways to get involved. Mercy will tailor opportunities for people who want to volunteer. For example, you can do a food and/or clothing drive at work. You can offer your services based on personal or professional interests (haircuts, art lessons, poetry classes/poetry slams, game night, karaoke!). You can also volunteer to prepare or serve meals, provide administrative support, serve on a committee, or help with maintenance. Visit their website for current information on volunteering.


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