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.

United Way of Greater New Haven Volunteer Opportunities

After two years of virtual and hybrid events, United Way of Greater New Haven is happy to announce that Read Across America is back, fully in-person!

This year, English and Spanish-speaking readers will read to students in grades pre-K through fifth from March 3rd through March 10th! Reading sessions will be held at schools in Branford, Hamden, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, and West Haven.


Volunteer to be part of a program that ensures lower-income families have access to a free local tax service that maximizes their return. Last year, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) initiative helped over 5,322 families last year!

Email Dennis Velasquez, to learn how you can become a volunteer tax preparer and help families maximize their tax returns.


Lend a hand by organizing by helping the Diaper Bank repackage diapers and other hygiene products! Volunteers are needed to help sort, count, repackage, label, and box products.


  • Tuesday, February 7th, 9AM - 11:30AM
  • Tuesday, March 14th, 9AM - 11:30AM
  • Tuesday, April 4th, 9AM - 11:30AM
  • Tuesday, May 2nd, 9AM - 11:30AM
  • Tuesday, June 6th, 9AM - 11:30AM
  • Tuesday, July 11th, 9AM - 11:30AM
  • Tuesday, August 1st, 9AM - 11:30AM
  • Tuesday, September 5th, 9AM - 11:30AM
  • Tuesday, October 3rd, 9AM - 11:30AM
  • Tuesday, November 7th, 9AM - 11:30AM
  • Tuesday, December 5th, 9AM - 11:30AM

Sign up and make sure families in need get essential supplies as quickly as possible!


Join us to create handwritten or virtual cards for residents and clients of Mary Wade Nursing Home as part of our #CaringforYourCommunity campaign! Tell them about yourself, share a joke, riddle, or a quote that inspires you. The smallest act of reaching out can let them know that they are cared for.

All physical letters must be mailed by February 3rd, and all e-letters must be sent to volunteer@uwgnh.org by February 7th.

For more information, SIGN UP HERE!



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, February 1st, 4:15PM - 6PM [At Capacity]
  • Wednesday, February 15th, 4:15PM - 6PM [At Capacity]
  • Wednesday, March 1st, 4:15PM - 6PM
  • Wednesday, March 15th, 4:15PM - 6PM
  • Wednesday, March 29th, 4:15PM - 6PM
  • Wednesday, April 12th, 4:15PM - 6PM
  • Wednesday, April 26th, 4:15PM - 6PM
  • Wednesday, May 10th, 4:15PM - 6PM
  • Wednesday, May 24th, 4:15PM - 6PM

More dates will be made available later on.

Gather home supplies for local families leaving homeless shelters.

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Volunteer Opportunities from other Organizations

CAHS is currently seeking individuals to fill several positions for their VITA sites. Training will be provided. Roles include:

  • Scheduler
  • Greeter
  • Intake
  • Specialist Tax Preparer
  • Site Coordinator


For more information contact Nick Brundage at nbrundage@cahs.org or 860-951-2212 x238.

Volunteers who love nature and working with children are needed!

Common Ground's classes welcome small groups of children, ages 5 - 13, to learn and play in nature. They are outside in almost all weather, enjoying the sunshine, snow, blue skies, and rain! They care for farm animals, help on the farm, go hiking, cook over campfires, make nature art, build forts, and more.

Volunteers support their teaching team in helping our days be joyful and run smoothly. Typical needs include support in walking children to the bathroom, rounding up stray water bottles, putting on mittens, zipping coats, helping with activities, engaging with children and supporting their social and emotional development, and helping to supervise outdoor play.

Our ideal volunteer can commit to one (or more) full days each week, 9 AM - 3 PM, on a regular schedule. Children have the same schedule all year so volunteers can form relationships with the children and staff team.

No skills are required other than a love for children and nature and enthusiasm for being outside in all weather from September - June!

For more information, email Rebecca Holcombe at rholcombe@commongroundct.org.

Girls on the Run Greater Hartford teaches critical life skills through research-based programs. Meeting in small teams, trained volunteer coaches inspire girls of all abilities to strengthen confidence and other important life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and physical activity.

Learn more about their volunteer needs here.

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

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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.

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