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.


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

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.


  • Tuesday, May 2nd, 9AM - 11:30AM
  • Tuesday, June 6th, 9AM - 11:30AM
  • Tuesday, July 11th, 9AM - 11:30AM
  • Tuesday, August 1st, 9AM - 11:30AM
  • Tuesday, September 5th, 9AM - 11:30AM
  • Tuesday, October 3rd, 9AM - 11:30AM
  • Tuesday, November 7th, 9AM - 11:30AM
  • Tuesday, December 5th, 9AM - 11:30AM

Sign up and make sure families in need get essential supplies as quickly as possible!


Join us every other Thursday morning as we partner with Gather New Haven to get our hands dirty and help maintain community gardens across New Haven! You will get exact site details (address, logistics, etc.) a few days before the event you sign up for.


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:

  • Thursday, August 31st, 8:50 AM - 10:15 AM
  • Thursday, Septemeber 14th, 8:50 AM - 10:15 AM
  • Thursday, Septemeber 28th, 8:50 AM - 10:15 AM
  • Thursday, October 12th, 8:50 AM - 10:15 AM
  • Thursday, October 26th, 8:50 AM - 10:15 AM
  • Thursday, November 9th, 8:50 AM - 10:15 AM
  • Thursday, December 7th, 8:50 AM - 10:15 AM

Sign-up here!

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!

Sign up for one of the dates below and help get food into the hands of families in need:


Gather home supplies for local families leaving homeless shelters.

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Volunteer Opportunities from other Organizations

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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