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.
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
Need: Picking up and delivering food and supplies to shelters in New Haven, Wallingford, and Middletown.
Day/Time: Volunteers will have specific schedules based on mutual availability.
Need: Grocery packing and delivery for a minimum of 2 hours per week.
Organization: The Coordinated Food Assistance Network is made up of over 60 food pantries, soup kitchens, and community partners in the New Haven area.
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]
Contact #: 860-994-0100
Need: Preparing food, distributing food onsite, washing dishes
Day/Time: Monday – Thursday, Afternoon shifts: 1:00pm – 4:30pm, Dinner shift: 4:30pm – 7:00pm
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 contribute approximately 2 hours for either commitment.
Day/Time: Monday – Friday 11:00am – 3:00pm
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: Building garden beds, assisting with farming tasks, and packing/picking up and delivering groceries.
Day/Time: To be directly communicated after signing up through the volunteer platform.
Volunteer Sign Up Link: https://lovefednhv.mobilize.io/
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.
Request a Volunteer
Does your organization have an urgent volunteer need? Fill out the form below and we will contact you for further information.