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, administrative offices and thrift store.
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 Sara Ofner-Seals or call her at 860-439-1573, ext. 321.
Bring in a prepared light snack and serve it to guests in the evening from about 6:30-8:30. (We do not have a kitchen for preparing snacks on-site.)
Set up, welcome guests, and then share some social time.
To schedule a time to bring a meal, contact our volunteer coordinator.
Volunteers from First Congregational Church, New London serve tacos every fourth Tuesday of the month.
Evening and Weekend 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. For weekend days you can work from 9am-1pm or 1pm-5pm.
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.
Homeward Bound Treasures
Wait on customers, research merchandise, arrange displays or work on marketing at our thrift store in downtown New London, Homeward Bound Treasures. A weekly commitment of a couple hours is ideal. Complete an application.
Daytime Front Desk Receptionist
Answer phones, help guests with questions and take messages for guests and staff. The shifts are 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 12:30-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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.
A regular weekly commitment of a few hours is ideal. Shift hours are from 8:30am-12:30pm or 12:30pm-4:30pm.
NLHHC Volunteers at Volunteer Appreciation Night
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.