Volunteer Opportunities

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.

United Way of Greater New Haven Volunteer Opportunities

With rising costs, families in our area are struggling to make ends meet. For low-income families, affording critical needs such as housing, groceries, childcare, and more makes it difficult to pay for other items like school supplies. We know access to quality education is one way to improve outcomes, so we are working with community partners to prepare students for their first day of school!

Click here to sign up for our drive (drop-off will be held on Monday, August 19th)! If you cannot participate in an in-person drive, you can also support by donating school supplies via our registry!

In addition to supporting our drive by donating school supplies, volunteers are also needed to help sort, organize, and inventory donations after our drop-off event (Wednesday, August 21st).

Join us as we partner with Gather New Haven to get our hands dirty and help maintain community gardens across New Haven! Sites are rotated based on need and not determined until a few days before your event date. Because of this, you will not receive the final logistics (address, parking information, etc.) until 2-3 days before your event. Click here to sign up!

Dates include:

  • Tuesday, July 9th, 9AM - 11 AM
  • Thursday, July 25th, 9 AM - 11 AM
  • Thursday, August 8th, 9 AM - 11 AM
  • Thursday, September 5th, 9 AM - 11 AM
  • Thursday, October 3rd, 9 AM - 11 AM
  • Thursday, October 17th, 9 AM - 11 AM

Volunteers will be asked to do the following:

  • Harvest a variety of fruits and vegetables 
  • Clear and pull weeds
  • Spread mulch
  • Be on their feet for the majority of our time together
  • Carry or lift items weighing up to 30 lbs.
  • Pick up trash around the garden
  • Walk on uneven surfaces

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.

Click here to see a complete list of dates for 2024!

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.

Click here to see a complete list of dates and sign up!

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!


Women United is committed to ensuring families have access to healthy food, women-led households are financially stable, and caregivers are supported in holding healthy relationships to give children a secure start in life. Our legacy partnership with Dr. Reginald Mayo Early Childhood School continues with a primary focus on building literacy skills for enrolled children and their families.

Click here to learn more about some of Women United's ongoing volunteer opportunities!

Gather home supplies for local families leaving homeless shelters.

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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.

Get active this Earth Day and sign-up to participate in an outdoor clean up! Volunteers are needed to help beautify several neighborhoods, parks, and other areas around New Haven. Invite your friends, co-workers, and family, and register up for a site today! 


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 Tearing

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.

Office Volunteers

NHSO periodically needs volunteers to stuff envelopes, assist with instrument petting zoos, make phone calls, and perform other administrative duties.

Interested in Volunteering? Email Operations@NewHavenSymphony.org!

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.

Click here to learn more!

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 rholcombe@commongroundct.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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Deliver groceries to our most vulnerable neighbors through Pantry to Pantry.

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Dennis Velasquez

Volunteer Manager | Email

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.

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