Your time can make a big difference in our community.
If you are interested and able to volunteer, please contact each organization directly to learn about their specific needs and opportunities to help.
All volunteers should exercise appropriate precautions given their individual circumstances and follow the guidance of public health officials on how to stay safe. If you would like more information, you can visit the CDC website.
United Way of Greater New Haven Volunteer Opportunities
Be a part of our annual Read Across America event and share the joy of reading with kids in our community. From March 4th to March 15th, English and Spanish-speaking volunteers will read to students in grades pre-K through fourth grade at schools in Branford, Hamden, New Haven, North Haven, Orange, and West Haven.
Lend a hand by organizing by helping the Diaper Bank repackage diapers and other hygiene products! Volunteers are needed to help sort, count, repackage, label, and box products.
In partnership with Farnam Neighborhood House and CT Foodshare, United Way of Greater New Haven will be hosting a bi-weekly mobile pantry for New Haven families! Sign-up today and help increase access to food!
Sign up for one of the dates below and help get food into the hands of families in need.
United Way of Greater New Haven, in partnership with the Connecticut Foodshare, the Town of Hamden, and Hamden Public Schools, is managing a bi-weekly mobile pantry in Hamden. Volunteers will help set-up the food pantry, distribute food, and help with break down. This pantry is a rain or shine event!
United Way of Greater New Haven fights for the financial stability of every person in our 12- town region. One of the ways we help working families is through VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program). VITA is a free tax preparation service available to people making $60,000 or less a year, people who have a disability, and those who speak limited English. United Way helps to recruit volunteers, publicize the program in the community, help find locations for programs, and provide financial support to make these services possible throughout our region. On average, visiting a VITA site instead of a paid tax preparer saves each filer an average of $300!
This year, we are expanding our role in VITA and will launch pop-up sites across the region and we need your help! Click here if you would like to learn more about how you can help families file their taxes.
The weather is getting colder - you can help make sure everyone stays warm by donating to our cold weather drive!
Volunteer Opportunities from other Organizations
Volunteers are needed to support literacy and math tutoring during the academic school year. There is also a need for volunteers to help support community literacy & math events and to donate gently used books. Sign up to receive updates about volunteer opportunities and you can choose to volunteer for a specific youth organization or to be matched to a program with the greatest need for volunteers.
Sign up here: Volunteer Opportunities.
Shifts are on Friday morning (8:30am – 11am) and Saturday morning (7am – 11am). Friday shifts are our delivery and packing days, whereas Saturday is our distribution day. If you are coming on Friday, please do not park in the back or the side of the church as these spots are reserved for delivery drivers.
All volunteers should show up at the back door of the church at 57 Olive Street New Haven through the driveway on Chapel, where they will be greeted by a staff member who will review our volunteer expectations, and assign tasks. Volunteers should plan on staying for the entire shift that they sign up for, and should come dressed in clothing that is appropriate to work in, including closed toed shoes.
Sign up here.
Ushers ensure that patrons are able to get to their seats quickly and safely. Ushers must be capable of climbing stairs, standing for a shift, and communicating with patrons. They are expected to stay for the entire concert and assist with general cleanup in the seating areas after patrons have departed (i.e. picking up playbills, loose papers, lost personal items should go to house manager, etc.).
Ticket tearers help patrons into the venue and point them towards the right seating area. They also monitor doors for exits/ re-rentry during concerts. Ticket Tearers must be able to read tickets and be able to communicate with patrons. They are expected to stay at their position through intermission to assist latecomers & patrons re-entering the hall.
NHSO periodically needs volunteers to stuff envelopes, assist with instrument petting zoos, make phone calls, and perform other administrative duties.
Virtual Administrative Volunteers
Assist in making phone calls, scheduling appointments, following up with emails, and promoting events.
International Cultural Festival Volunteers
Join us in various marketing projects leading up to this event. Spread the word and make a difference! Contact Arts in CT to get involved.
The Mill River Trail would connect East Rock Park to Criscuolo Park in Fair Haven in New Haven, Connecticut. Wherever possible it would run alongside the Mill River and accommodate walking, jogging and biking. Sign-up and help by maintaining the trail through clean-ups!
Volunteers who love nature and working with children are needed!
Common Ground's classes welcome small groups of children, ages 5 - 13, to learn and play in nature. They are outside in almost all weather, enjoying the sunshine, snow, blue skies, and rain! They care for farm animals, help on the farm, go hiking, cook over campfires, make nature art, build forts, and more. Volunteers support their teaching team in helping our days be joyful and run smoothly. Typical needs include support in walking children to the bathroom, rounding up stray water bottles, putting on mittens, zipping coats, helping with activities, engaging with children and supporting their social and emotional development, and helping to supervise outdoor play. Our ideal volunteer can commit to one (or more) full days each week, 9 AM - 3 PM, on a regular schedule.
Children have the same schedule all year so volunteers can form relationships with the children and staff team. No skills are required other than a love for children and nature and enthusiasm for being outside in all weather from September - June!
For more information, email Rebecca Holcombe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Girls on the Run Greater Hartford teaches critical life skills through research-based programs. Meeting in small teams, trained volunteer coaches inspire girls of all abilities to strengthen confidence and other important life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and physical activity.
Learn more about their volunteer needs here.
Volunteers are needed for Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven. LVGNH provides free literacy tutoring to adult students, both for native English speakers and people learning English as a second language.
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Does your community organization have a volunteer need? Are you an individual looking for a specific volunteer opportunity? Do you want to learn more about an opportunity listed above? Contact our Volunteer Manager, Dennis Velasquez.