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

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: 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.

Organization: Columbus House
Address: 586 Ella T Grasso Blvd, New Haven
Main Contact: Sheree DiMario
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact #: 203-401-4400 x 138

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.

Sign up here.

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: Preparing food, distributing food onsite, washing dishes
Day/Time: Monday – Thursday, Afternoon shifts: 1:00pm – 4:30pm, Dinner shift: 4:30pm – 7:00pm

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 contribute approximately 2 hours for either commitment.
Day/Time: Monday – Friday 11:00am – 3:00pm

Organization: FISH of Greater New Haven
Address: 450 Island Lane, West Haven, CT 06516
Main Contact: Rebecca Taylor
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact #: 203-530-3033

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: 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/

Organization: Love Fed Initiative
Address: New Haven
Main Contact: Raven A. Blake
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact #: 347-309-5575

Need: Food pantry assistance.
Day/Time: Saturday March 28th 10am-1pm

Organization: The New Haven Inner City Enrichment Center (NICE)
Address: 410 Howard Ave, New Haven
Main Contact: Jamilah Rasheed
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact #: 203-410-8887

Need: Transporting meals to families and sanitizing toys throughout the day
Day/Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Organization: ‘R Kids Family Center
Address: 660 Winchester Ave
Main Contact: Enna Garcia
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact #: 203-865-5437


Need: Help staff 2 emergency homeless shelters for women and children
Day/Time: Shelters operate 24/7; Support for all days/shifts needed

Organization: New Reach
Address: 153 East St., New Haven, CT
Main Contact: Nikki Barnofski
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact #: 203-492-4866 ext. 115


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: Mindful yoga therapy for veterans, responders recovery, and underserved communities.

Day/Time: Varies

Organization: Mindful Responder

Address: 282 West Walk, West Haven

Main Contact: Sean Weir

Contact Email: [email protected]

Contact #: 203-887-8209

General Needs

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

Time: Varies

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Urgent Volunteer Request

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