Urgent Short Term Volunteer Needs

Looking for a way to help the community during the Coronavirus pandemic? We are working with our partners to gather the latest information on their urgent short-term volunteer needs and will update this list regularly.

Be a Volunteer

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 on Coronavirus, or best practices to prevent the spread of the Virus, you can visit the CDC website.

If you have an urgent need, please call 2-1-1 to get connected to services in our community.

Urgent Need

Need: Different organizations in New Haven are in need of volunteer drivers to deliver meals to warming centers in both the morning and evening.

Day/Time:

Monday – Tuesday with Community Soup Kitchen from 3pm – 4pm.

Wednesday with St. Thomas More at 3:30pm. 

Monday – Friday with Sunrise café, meals can be picked up at the café between 7:15 and 8:15 am.

Contact:

Monday – Tuesday pick ups: [email protected]

Wednesday pick ups:  [email protected]

Monday – Friday pick ups: [email protected]

Deliver groceries to our most vulnerable neighbors in need through Pantry to Pantry!

Click here for more information. 

Click here to volunteer.

Volunteers are needed to help prepare tax returns for community members. All volunteers will receive specialized training from an IRS-certified VITA assistant. Roles include being a greeter, reviewer, tax preparer and more. 

Spanish speaking volunteers are needed to help community members in Fair Haven complete their taxes to maximize their refunds.  

To volunteer, contact:

Jenny Vongxay, VITA Program Coordinator at Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS)

860-951-2212 ext. 246 or [email protected]

Hunger

Need: Grocery shopping for seniors who cannot leave their homes. Volunteers will pick up the client’s shopping list and grocery payment from their homes, do the grocery shopping, then drop off the groceries.

Also seeking volunteers to call senior clients (this can be done from volunteer’s homes) to check on how they are doing/if they have any needs in this time of social isolation.


Day/Time: Monday – Friday, time slots between 9am-3pm

Organization: Agency on Aging South Central CT
Address: 117 Washington Ave, Ste 17, North Haven
Main Contact: Beverly Kidder
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact #: 203-785-8533

Need: CTCORE – Organize Now! is currently building and facilitating a mutual aid/community support network throughout Connecticut to ensure that folks in the community can request or offer support and talents to those who can use them.

Based on the responses we’ve received, we are primarily in need of volunteers with daytime availability to 1) make phone calls to coordinate between individuals that have asked for aid with individuals that have offered assistance, and 2) to pick up and deliver groceries and other essentials to high-risk households or individuals, through no contact drop-offs.
Day/Time: Daytime hours

Organization: CT CORE – Organize Now!

Volunteer Sign Up Link: https://www.ctcore-organizenow.org/coronactsupport

Address: P.O. Box 8897, New Haven
Main Contact: Ashley Blount
Contact Email: [email protected]org
Contact #: 860-994-0100

Need: Packing and delivering food to the residents living at Davenport-Dunbar.
Day/Time: Packing is on Tues, Wed, and Thurs between 10am-3:30pm at 496 Newhall St, Hamden. Deliveries are made on Fri and Sat from 8-11:30am at 135 Putnam Ave, Hamden.

Please call to set up a date/time to volunteer.

Organization: Davenport-Dunbar Home Pantry
Main Contact: Dr. Sandra Kops

Main Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact #: 203-288-2535 or 203-675-5495

Need: Packaging foodstuffs, distributing food and groceries onsite, washing dishes
Day/Time: Sunday 2:00pm-4:00pm, 4:00pm-6:00pm; Monday and Wednesday 11:00am-1:00pm, 1:00pm-4:30pm, 4:00pm-7:00pm; Tuesday and Thursday 1:00pm-4:30pm, 4:00pm-7:00pm.

Volunteers can sign up here.

Organization: Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen
Address: 311 Temple Street, New Haven
Main Contact: Evan Serio, Program Manager
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact #: 203-624-6426, ext. 8961

Need: Deliver groceries to homebound clients. Volunteers will come to our pantry space, pick up grocery bags, and deliver them to homebound clients in New Haven, West Haven, or Hamden. Volunteers may expect to contribute no more than 2 hours.
Day/Time: Monday – Friday 10:30am – 3:00pm

Organization: FISH of Greater New Haven
Address: 450 Island Lane, West Haven, CT 06516


Main Contact: Jill Meyerhoff

Contact Email: [email protected]

Contact #: 203-503-0107

Need: Kitchen and food service prep.
Day/Time: Monday – Friday 9am-12pm

Organization: Whitson’s Food Service
Address: 2040 Dixwell Ave, Hamden
Main Contact: Randall Mel – Food Service Director
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact #: 203-230-1010

Need: Unload and pack bags of groceries.
Day/Time: Unload and pack Fridays 9-11am, pack Saturdays 7-11am

Organization: Loaves and Fishes
Address: 57 Olive St, New Haven
Main Contact: James Cramer
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact #: 203-562-2691

Need: Delivering food from the pantries at Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen, Loaves and Fishes, and Keefe Center to elderly and immunocompromised clients. Volunteers leave bags of food at the client’s door. This is a 2 hour weekly commitment. Volunteers are provided with essential safety gear such as masks and gloves.

Volunteers are also needed to call and register clients for the program. Days/times can be determined by volunteer’s availability.

Organization: The Coordinated Food Assistance Network is made up of over 60 food pantries, soup kitchens, and community partners in the New Haven area.

Sign up here.

Need: Volunteers prepare meals in their own homes for about 40 people, then drop them off at the agency.

New Reach is also looking for volunteers to organize drives to help families moving from the shelter into a home with items such as linens, housewares, cleaning supplies, and gift cards to Walmart.

Please call Mary Grande if you are interested – she will work with volunteers to coordinate a day/time for meals to be dropped off.

Organization: New Reach
Address: 269 Peck St, New Haven, CT
Main Contact: Mary Grande
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact #: 203-492-4866 ext. 119

Need: We’re helping to redistribute food to ~ 300 families/week in New Haven. We’re seeking more volunteers to support with packing, organizing, delivering, etc.
Day/Time: Thursdays and Sundays, as well as additional days for miscellaneous projects.

Sign up here.

Organization: Semilla Collective Food Garage

Address: 491 Blatchley Ave, New Haven
Main Contact: David Weinreb, Ariana Shapiro, Luis Luna

Main Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact #: 914-393-7671

Need: Our volunteers drive to a grocery store, shop, and deliver groceries and other basic necessities to at-risk individuals who do not feel safe shopping at this time. Volunteers are given instructions when paired with a client, and when they confirm the client can pay cash, the volunteer then pays out of pocket at the store and gets reimbursed upon delivery. Clients should NEVER pay more than what is seen on the receipt. No extra delivery fees!
Day/Time: Any day, any time.

Organization: Shopping Angels
Main Contact: Jayde Powell
Contact Email: [email protected]

Sign Up Link: www.shoppingangelsglobal.org/

Education

Need: The Boys and Girls Club of New Haven is excited to be offering a 10-week, on-site Learning Hub for New Haven Public School students, 6-14 years of age.  Their Columbus Avenue Clubhouse will serve as a space for children to access their school on-line learning and after-school recreation. They are searching for volunteers who will be available to help each child set a work plan for the day, get access to their New Haven Public School virtual learning and provide homework and educational help support. Volunteers will be assigned to the same student(s) and will have to adhere to all Club Covid19 standards.

Additionally, they are creating a virtual learning program and looking for volunteers to create programs that are in-line with BGCNH’s four pillars of successful programming: good character and citizenship, healthy lifestyles, academic success and parent engagement.  They are specifically looking for leaders to conduct virtual lessons that provide dedicated social time, tutoring and homework help and unique activities in the areas of arts and music, technology, math and money, physical activities and science and engineering. 

Day/Time: The Learning Hub runs from 8:00am -2:30pm followed by the Club’s traditional after-school program, which runs until 5:30pm. Volunteers are needed during any of these time periods and can work with the children in 2-4-6- or 8-hour shifts.  

OrganizationThe Boys and Girls Club

Address: 253 Columbus Ave, New Haven, CT 06519
Main Contact: Chantel Grey
Contact Email: [email protected] 
Contact #: 203-787-0187

With Coronavirus causing drastic changes to traditional school settings, teachers have had to adapt their daily lesson plans to accommodate distance learning in a very short timeframe. For that, we are incredibly grateful! Lets show them our support by writing notes of encouragement to our fantastic educators! Once you are done with your note, take a picture and email [email protected] so we can share with local teachers. 

With distance learning, inequities in access to education materials and learning opportunities is a continuing challenge. You can support local schools by providing them with materials for their classes, including engaging content for students. We can work with you to record yourself reading a book for teachers to share with their students. Students and teachers would love your support!

For more information, email Dennis Velasquez at [email protected].

Health

Need: Blood donations needed due to severe shortage from the Coronavirus outbreak
Organization: American Red Cross: Blood Services


Individuals interested in donating blood can schedule an appointment by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Need: Connecticut’s hospitals, nursing homes and medical facilities are in need of medical volunteers. Governor Ned Lamont is urging anyone with experience in healthcare to register on the CTResponds! volunteer registry.
Organization: CTResponds!

CTResponds! is the State of Connecticut’s web-based volunteer management system. This system helps to maintain a registry of volunteers’ skills and credentials available within the state, and helps communities match available resources to an emergency event.

Need: Junta is seeking volunteers for the Diaper Delivery Service. The diaper deliveries are contactless and days/times are flexible.

Organization: Junta for Progressive Action

Address: 169 Grand Ave, New Haven

Main Contact: Letticia Cruz

Main Contact Email: [email protected]

Main Contact Phone: 203-787-0191

Need: The City of New Haven is seeking Contact Tracers to support the New Haven Health Department to
perform COVID-19 contact tracing. The aim of this will be to call every person diagnosed with COVID-19,
gather their contacts, and proceed to call every contact. This is in tandem with the City’s efforts to
increase testing, improve communication and implementation of isolation and quarantine. This will
fortify efforts to control the pandemic in New Haven.

Day/Time: Varies

Organization: The City of New Haven

For more information, click here.

General Needs

The state has put together an online registration portal for volunteerism across Connecticut. Options include shelters, food services, distribution of relief supplies, clean up, casework/recovery, and more.

For more information:

https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Information-For/Volunteers

Financial support is a critical piece of United Ways response. Organize your friends, neighbors, and fellow students to help support community members affected by the pandemic by creating a campaign to support United Way of Greater New Haven relief effort. Your support provides meals and delivery services at local food pantries, increases telehealth capacity and PPE purchases for frontline workers, and gets money directly into the hands of families who need it.

As a family leaves a shelter and enters a new home, they need supplies to make it a home of their own. United Way of Greater New Haven is seeking volunteers to gather and donate priority items to assist these families in need.

Gather a few items with your kids to teach them about helping those in need, run a full collection at your workplace as a corporate service project, or compile a kit on your own – the options are endless but the impact is lasting!

For more information on how you can help, click here or email [email protected].

Need: Volunteers will pick up and deliver groceries, medical supplies, and more to local community members.

Time: Varies

For more information: Click here.

Need: Junta is in need of a graphic designer with experience with InDesign, PhotoShop, etc. 

Days/times are flexible.

Organization: Junta for Progressive Action

Address: 169 Grand Ave, New Haven

Main Contact: Bruni Pizarro

Main Contact Email: [email protected]

Main Contact Phone: 203-787-0191

Need: Volunteer opportunity 1: Event Specific work

  • Drive social media traffic to FB event page
  • Share/invite friends, family, etc.
  • Develop social media event content
  • Research sponsor info

Volunteer opportunity 2: Researcher 

  • Social media content gathering
  • Influencer outreach
  • Stock image research
  • Groups for diaper drives (churches, schools, clubs)

Day/Time: Open to your schedule

Organization
Address: 370 State St, North Haven, CT 06473

Main Contact: Kim Spanier

Contact Email:  [email protected]

Lets show our front line community workers just how much we appreciate them! We can LIVE UNITED by writing letters of encouragement and appreciation to those who are continuing to serve our community even in the most uncertain times. Our network of basic needs providers can use a boost from us as they continue to keep us safe. For more information, email Dennis Velasquez at [email protected]

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Urgent Volunteer Request

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