Corpsmen from the Naval Submarine Base helped give our site a spring cleaning in April.
Put your energy and talents to good use
We have volunteer opportunities that take as little as a few hours per month. You can help with a one-time project or come every week. We welcome individuals as well as groups.
About 150 people currently volunteer with us. They fill many roles at our overnight shelter, daytime Hospitality Center, and administrative offices.
Some of the most common jobs are described below. If you don’t see something that fits your skills and interest, call us. We will design a volunteer option around your time and skills.
We will provide all the training you need. For more information on any of these opportunities, email Annah Perch or call her at 860-439-1573, ext. 321.
Bring in a prepared meal and serve it to guests on weekends for breakfast, lunch (12:00 pm) or for dinner (7:00 pm). (We do not have a kitchen for preparing meals on-site.)
Bring in a snack of cookies, muffins, cheese and crackers, trail mix, vegetable plate. hardboiled eggs, etc, during traditional snack time hours, including around 10am, 3pm.
Set up, welcome guests, and then share some social time.
To schedule a time to bring a meal, contact our volunteer coordinator.
Assist guests in resolving small issues to help them rebuild their lives. Work with them on resumes, job and housing applications, or financial aid for school, Assist guests in obtaining a driver’s license or CT ID, manage guest mail, and provide bus tickets when necessary.
Assist the staff in running the shelter by operating the front desk. Includes welcoming people, answering phones and solving problems.
A regular weekly commitment of a few hours is ideal. Shift hours are from 9am-12pm, 12pm-3pm. or 12pm- 4pm.
Evening Shelter Support
Greet guests as they arrive for the evening. Help check them in, assign beds, answer questions and manage supplies.
This is an opportunity to build friendships and become more involved in our efforts to end homelessness.
This role requires a regular commitment. For the evening shift you’ll work from 6-9 p.m. the same day each week.
We welcome the help of faith groups and service organizations for large projects like mopping floors, washing windows, organizing closets and cabinets, helping with landscaping and doing general maintenance.
If you have a special skill or talent that you’d like to share with our guests, we encourage you to share it.
Our workshops have included drawing, poetry and writing, but we welcome any kind of talent you enjoy.
Workshops are held in the shelter between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. They are a great way to share what you love while giving guests a way to relax and clear their minds at the end of the day.