Volunteer Opportunities

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Your time can make a big difference in our community.

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, you can visit the CDC website.

Available Opportunities

United Way of Greater New Haven, in partnership with the Connecticut Foodshare, the Town of Hamden, and Hamden Public Schools, is managing a bi-weekly mobile pantry in Hamden. Volunteers will help set-up the food pantry, distribute food, and help with break down. This pantry is a rain or shine event!

Sign up for one of the dates below and help get food into the hands of families in need:

  • Wednesday, September 28th, 4:15PM - 6PM [At Capacity]
  • Wednesday, October 12th, 4:15PM - 6PM [At Capacity]
  • Wednesday, October 26th, 4:15PM - 6PM [At Capacity]
  • Wednesday, November 9th, 4:15PM - 6PM
  • Wednesday, November 23rd, 4:15PM - 6PM
  • Wednesday, December 7th, 4:15PM - 6PM
  • Wednesday, December 21st, 4:15PM - 6PM

More dates will be made available later on.

In partnership with the Hamden/North Haven YMCA, United Way of Greater New Haven is hosting a fall clean-up at Camp Mountain Laurel on Saturday, October 15th!

Volunteers will:

  • Remove brush and leaves from the main trails
  • Help prepare a community garden
  • Clean up and reorganize equipment from the pool area and activity areas for the winter

Sign up and help prepare Camp Mount Laurel to get ready for their fall programming!

Across Greater New Haven, community gardens are an essential resource for neighborhoods located in food deserts, or for community members who are struggling to make ends meet. Sign up to support community agriculture!

Dates available:

  • Thursday, September 1st, 9AM - 11AM
  • Thursday, September 15th, 9AM - 11AM
  • Thursday, September 29th, 9AM - 11AM
  • Thursday, October 13th, 9AM - 11AM
  • Thursday, October 27th, 9AM - 11AM
  • Thursday, November 10th, 9AM - 11AM [final day of the season!]

Gather home supplies for local families leaving homeless shelters.

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Deliver groceries to our most vulnerable neighbors through Pantry to Pantry.

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Volunteers are needed for Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven. LVGNH provides free literacy tutoring to adult students, both for native English speakers and people learning English as a second language.

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Sign up to deliver food to seniors in need!

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Dennis Velasquez

Volunteer Manager | Email

Does your community organization have a volunteer need? Are you an individual looking for a specific volunteer opportunity? Do you want to learn more about an opportunity listed above? Contact our Volunteer Manager, Dennis Velasquez.