Volunteer Opportunities

While HYPE offers a host of volunteer opportunities through our Community Involvement Committee and annual events, there are also many other opportunities to get involved in the community. 


Friendship Circle

The Friendship CircleFriendship Circle brings together children- young adults living with and without disability for an array of social and Judaic programs. Together they enjoy mutually rewarding experiences such as weekly get togethers, holiday celebrations and creative cooking and art programs. Inspired by the magic of genuine friendship and further understanding our members are encouraged to see the greatness in themselves and in others, empowering everyone to develop a more accommodating and inclusive Jewish community for all. Joining the Friendship Circle is about volunteering some of your time for a child in your neighborhood who really needs a friend. It's about the amazing fun times and the incredible feelings of accomplishment you will enjoy while you're at it. And it's about the fringe benefits that come along with being a part of the circle.

Young Adult Circle dates:

Friday, February 16, 5:00 - 7:00pm
Sunday, April 15, 4:30- 6:00pm
Sunday, June 2, Trip to NY!

For more info contact email  Shayna Gopin, or call her at (860) 833-4035


Beyond the Bell

OE UWELSBeyond the Bell is an after school experience for students participating in programs at two Hartford Community Schools: Thirman L. Milner School and Dwight-Bellizzi Asian Studies Academy. Emerging Leaders Society (ELS) members design and facilitate activities related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), programming in partnership with Microsoft.

They're looking for volunteers on the below dates:

Friday, February 9th: Milner & Bellizzi Schools from 4:45-6:00pm
Friday, March 9th: Milner 4:45-5:45pm and Belizzi from 4:45-6:00pm
Friday, April 27th: Milner & Bellizzi Schools from 4:45-6:00pm

To volunteer contact Rebekah Castagno.

HYPE Cup players will earn 1 extra point for their team for volunteering. Contact Rebekah Castagno and tell her that you're with HYPE Cup to earn your points.



Making a House a Home

Journey Home is looking for volunteers to help make a house a home. Volunteers will first arrive at their storage unit in South Windsor, and start the day by helping to load furniture and household goods into a Uhaul. Then once the items are all ready to go, the volunteers will caravan out to 3-5 clients homes in the Greater Hartford area bring the furniture into the clients homes, help them set it up, and then continue on to the next person's apartment. Many of these clients become housed with the clothes on their back and only what they can carry. It is our job to help make it a home for them in order for them to become stably housed and increase their quality of life, with the goal of never returning to homelessness again. 

The dates they're in need of volunteers are:

Saturday, February 3rd
Saturday, March 3rd

HYPE Cup players will earn 1 extra point for their team for each date they volunteer. Contact Alison Scharr and tell her that you're with HYPE Cup to earn your points.


Arts and Crafts Night

Volunteer at the Chrysalis Center for their Arts and Crafts Night! They're in need of 1-2 volunteers to host an Arts and Craft Night Monthly for their Family Supportive Housing Unit in Hartford. Chrysalis Center staff will be at event for support and there is generally groups of 10 or so kids, ages from 2-teenager.  Volunteers are asked to pick a simple project and provide materials for this family fun night. Chrysalis Center will provide a healthy snack and has games.  For more details, contact Ellyn Laramie.

Tuesday, January 23rd
Tuesday, February 20th
Tuesday, March 20th
Tuesday, April 17th


HYPE Cup players will earn 1 extra point for their team for each date they volunteer. Contact Ellyn Laramie and tell her that you're with HYPE Cup to earn your points.


Home is Where the Heart Is Gala

Journey Home works in the Greater Hartford region to end homelessness. Their mission is to ensure a home for all. They believe the most powerful way to do this is collectively- by working together with service providers, elected officials, businesses and local communities to end homelessness.

Each February they hold a gala to raise funding for their programming and services. Their annual gala, Home is Where the Heart Is, is held in the Atrium at CityPlace featuring Max Downtown on Friday, February 9th from 6:30-10:00pm. They are in need of people to help register guests, sell tickets during the event, and work at the various stations at the event. For details contact Sara Salomons at 860-808-0336.

HYPE Cup players will earn 1 extra point for their team for volunteering. Contact Sara Salomons and tell her that you're with HYPE Cup to earn your points.



Connecticut History Day

CT History DayLast year, thousands of Connecticut middle and high school students participated in Connecticut History Day by attending workshops and creating projects for school contests. Of those, 1,600 competed in regional contests across the state. From that select group, 475 qualified to move on to the State Contest and 73 of them represented Connecticut at the national level.

They could not provide the wonderful, positive contest experiences for these young people without their amazing volunteers! Please save the dates for the upcoming spring contests and consider signing up to be a Connecticut History Day judge.

Saturday, March 3:Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven
Saturday, March 3: Mansfield Middle School, Mansfield
Saturday, March 10: Torrington High School, Torrington
Saturday, March 17: Sacred Heart University, Fairfield
Saturday, March 24: Two Rivers Magnet Middle School, Hartford
Saturday, March 24: Manchester High School, Manchester
Saturday, April 28: State Contest at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain

You can find more information or sign up here.


Red Carpet Experience

Join AIDS Connecticut in celebrating the 90th Annual Academy Awards at their Red Carpet Experience on Sunday, March 4th. Special features will include:


VIP Reception with local celebrities and elected officials
Prosecco for their VIP guests by Santa Margherita USA
Red Carpet interviews with Maryellen Fillo and WTNH News8's Teresa Dufour
Musical entertainment provided by Laree Salmon, Wayne Brown, and Axcented DJ
Fashion show with prizes and awarded for best formal or movie-themed attire; dress to impress!
And more!

They're in need of volunteers! Contact Wendy Graveley for more information and to sign up.

HYPE Cup players will earn 1 extra point for their team for volunteering. Contact Wendy Graveley and tell her that you're with HYPE Cup to earn your points.



31st Anniversary Crystal Ball

Please join Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut for their Crystal Ball! This is an extraordinary event that is not to be missed taking place on Saturday, March 10th at the Hartford Marriott Downtown.

They're in need of volunteers to help run the event. Tasks include greeting, registration, auction monitoring, and auction check-out. Contact Dawn Diana if you're interested in helping!

HYPE Cup players will earn 1 extra point for their team for volunteering. Contact Dawn Diana and tell her that you're with HYPE Cup to earn your points.



O'Shenanigans 5k

#OShenanigans. The first of four St. Patrick’s Day themed O’races, this festive 5K starts and finishes in Southington outside of the new Kinsmen Brewing Company, just steps from the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail on Saturday, March 10th. A fast 3.1 mile course through rural roads in Southington and Cheshire brings runners back to the festivities at the brewery and taproom. Costumes always encouraged!

They're in need of volunteers! Go to their volunteer page for more information on how you can sign up to help. Contact Jess Hallet for more information.

HYPE Cup players will earn 1 extra point for their team for volunteering. Be sure when signing up to click the button that you're with HYPE in order to earn your points. Players will also earn 1 extra point for participating in the race. Email your race results to Program Director Jackie Valliere to earn your points.


Courthouse O'Putnam 5k

#OPutnam. Well worth the drive to the northeast corner of Connecticut, this 5K starts and finishes in picturesque downtown Putnam in a loop course along the Quinebaug River on Sunday, March 11th. Finish in front of the Courthouse Bar & Grille, where the post-race party tops off the Irish celebration. ST. PADDY’S COSTUMES ENCOURAGED! Putnam is a jewel of New England antique shopping destinations. Historical details and slices of true Americana combine with wonderful antiques shops to create a special, quintessential New England town with a ton of personality. Plan to spend race afternoon exploring all of the unique nooks and crannies with great eateries and shops throughout the town.

They're in need of volunteers! Go to their volunteer page for more information on how you can sign up to help. Contact Jess Hallet for more information.

HYPE Cup players will earn 1 extra point for their team for volunteering. Be sure when signing up to click the button that you're with HYPE in order to earn your points. Players will also earn 1 extra point for participating in the race. Email your race results to Program Director Jackie Valliere to earn your points.


24th Annual Connecticut YOUTH Forum

The very first Annual Connecticut YOUTH Forum Conference (known then as the Student Exchange Event) was in 1993 and was called Learning to Live and Work in the 21st Century. At this time, diverse groups of students from Greater Hartford had never come together in an event such as this. This was the first time students from East Hartford, Bolton, Windsor, Simsbury, West Hartford, Southington and many more came together for a day of meeting new friends, sharing stories and realizing similarities and differences. Today, The Annual Connecticut YOUTH Forum Conference is a day full of small group discussions, large group activities, breakfast, lunch, dinner, a dance and more! This year will celebrate our 24th Anniversary of the Connecticut YOUTH Forum Conference on Tuesday, March 13th from 8:00am-5:00pm.

They're in need of volunteer Conference Facilitators! The role of a YOUTH Forum (YF) Facilitator is to create and maintain an atmosphere where people feel comfortable, to keep the group running smoothly, and to help keep the conversation going.  The YF Culture of Validation and ‘no curriculum’ approach empowers teens to drive the discussion, and allows you to facilitate without any specific agenda or outcomes.  You are not a discussion leader, moderator, trainer or teacher. But you are a member of the group and guiding the conversation. If you're interested in volunteering contact Haley Turner.

HYPE Cup players will earn 1 extra point for their team for volunteering. Contact Haley Turner and tell her that you're with HYPE Cup to earn your points.



O' Niantic 5k

#ONiantic. No blarney, this is a fast and flat 5K! Start and finish in front of Niantic Bay Bicycles and run by the quiet, off-season cottages in the Pine Grove community of Niantic, one of HMF’s favorite shoreline spots on Saturday, March 17th.

They're in need of volunteers! Go to their volunteer page for more information on how you can sign up to help. Contact Jess Hallet for more information.

HYPE Cup players will earn 1 extra point for their team for volunteering. Be sure when signing up to click the button that you're with HYPE in order to earn your points. Players will also earn 1 extra point for participating in the race. Email your race results to Program Director Jackie Valliere to earn your points.


O'Hartford 5k

#OHartford. The city of Hartford’s annual running of the green is on the move again on Sunday, March 18th! The O’Hartford 5K and Wee Mile o’fficially caps off the four race St. Patrick’s Day series by showing off Hartford’s revitalized Colt neighborhood. The start and finish of CT’s biggest St. Paddy’s Day road race will be at the steps of the Hooker Brewery Tasting Room in the Colt Building. Bagpipers, Irish step dancers, festive fare and cold Hooker brews, plus prizes awarded to the most uniquely dressed participants so get those costumes ready! The O’Hartford 5K is the first race in HMF’s new Money Medley competitive race series and also the final race in the Trinity and Lucky Challenges. DETAILS

They're in need of volunteers! Go to their volunteer page for more information on how you can sign up to help. Contact Jess Hallet for more information.

HYPE Cup players will earn 1 extra point for their team for volunteering. Be sure when signing up to click the button that you're with HYPE in order to earn your points. Players will also earn 1 extra point for participating in the race. Email your race results to Program Director Jackie Valliere to earn your points.


Volunteer Work in Bushnell Park

The Bushnell Park Foundation are looking for volunteers in the month of April to help them clean up Bushnell Park. The two main volunteers roles would be:

Clean the Arch | 2-3 hours | Sweep the Arch from top to bottom and clean the roadway
Flower Beds | 2-3 hours | Weed flower beds, rake and clean debris, spread mulch

Contact Mary Zeman, Foundation Manager, at 860-232-6710 if you're available.

HYPE Cup players will earn 1 extra point for their team for volunteering. Contact Haley Turner and tell her that you're with HYPE Cup to earn your points.


Harvard Pilgrim Middletown 10 Mile & Legends Run

#Middletown10. Everything to love about Middletown’s country roads, Wesleyan University campus and the grand downtown finish is now packaged in a 10 mile race on Sunday, April 8th! The Harvard Pilgrim Middletown 10 Mile offers a great early season distance run to prep for half marathons in the spring. The Legends Run loops around Wesleyan in a 3.5 mile course, also finishing on Main Street, brimming with swanky restaurants, cool bars, an award-winning local chocolatier, a delectable cupcake bakery and much more. The 10 mile is the second race in HMF’s new Money Medley competitive series, and Legends Run is the first race in the 2018 Progressive Challenge. DETAILS

They're in need of volunteers! Go to their volunteer page for more information on how you can sign up to help. Contact Jess Hallet for more information.

HYPE Cup players will earn 1 extra point for their team for volunteering. Be sure when signing up to click the button that you're with HYPE in order to earn your points. Players will also earn 1 extra point for participating in the race. Email your race results to Program Director Jackie Valliere to earn your points.


Fight for Air Climb

OE American Lung AssociationSaturday, April 21, 2018 will mark the 11th annual Fight For Air Climb: Hartford event at Hartford 21, and they want YOU there! This fundraising "vertical marathon" will put the physical strength, stamina, and lung power of each participant to the test by allowing climbers to race, run, or walk up 34 flights of stairs. Firefighters compete in the challenge in full gear, and an after party/award ceremony will follow the event to celebrate top times and high fundraisers. Proceeds raised will support lung disease research, education, advocacy, and programs and services of the American Lung Association.

The American Lung Association are currently seeking volunteers to join the festivities and lend a helping hand. At present time, they're anticipating approximately 700 participants for the event, and therefore need about 60 volunteers to contribute services from 7:00 AM- 1:00 PM. Duties will include registration assistance, cheerleaders and route guides, vendor assistance, etc. All volunteers are able to receive community service recognition for their hard work, and will receive a free t-shirt and entry into the event’s after party! So round up your friends and family members. Contact Mary Mackey for more information, or to sign up. 

HYPE Cup players will earn 1 extra point for their team for volunteering. Contact Mary Mackey and tell her that you're with HYPE Cup to earn your points.


Youth Forum Meetings

The Connecticut Forum are looking for volunteers to help run their monthly meetings! Volunteers would assist in setting up the meeting space, monitor technology, student check-in, and monitor the food. These student exchange meetings consist of 12-15 high school students who attend the meetings to stay focused, safe, and have fun. This program empowers teens by encouraging student centered learning.

Tuesday, April 24th | Farmington High School | Topic: Let's Talk About Sex | 3:30-5:30pm
Tuesday, May 22nd | Cromwell High School| Topic: Yearly Recap and Senior Send Off | 3:30-5:30pm


Contact the YOUTH forum staff to get involved at 860-509-0909. 


Mahoney Sabol 5k

OE MahoneySabol5k#MahoneySabol5K.  Join runners and walkers at the MahoneySabol 5K at the Travelers Championship to race along the Cromwell roads that line the fairways and greens of TPC River Highlands on Saturday, April 28th. Race day offers both a 5K run/walk and Key Bank Kids Run. When the race is done, keep the action going – all participants get one ticket valid for any one day admission to the 2018 Travelers Championship!

They're in need of volunteers! Go to their volunteer page for more information on how you can sign up to help. Contact Jess Hallet for more information.

HYPE Cup players will earn 1 extra point for their team for volunteering. Be sure when signing up to click the button that you're with HYPE in order to earn your points. Players will also earn 1 extra point for participating in the race. Email your race results to Program Director Jackie Valliere to earn your points.


Burlington to Collinsville

#CollinsvilleClassic10K. A scenic riverside 10K from Burlington to Collinsville on Saturday, May 12th. The 6.2 mile 10K course takes runners along the multi-use trail along the Farmington River. The course is flat, shaded and filled with scenic views of the sparkling river. Race finish is in downtown Collinsville, a quaint area with restaurants and shops to enjoy post-race. The Burlington to Collinsville Classic is the first in the three-race 10K Challenge series, taking runners across picturesque communities in CT. Participants in the challenge who register in advance also earn a commemorative medal. Details…

They're in need of volunteers! Go to their volunteer page for more information on how you can sign up to help. Contact Jess Hallet for more information.


Mystic Half Marathon & 10k

#MysticHalf. The best way to admire the beauty of the Connecticut coast? Running in the Mystic Half Marathon & 10K. Experience 13.1 mystical miles past historic tall ships, through charming downtown and along the scenic shoreline on Sunday, May 20th. Enjoy a spectacular fan-filled finish line in front of Mystic Aquarium. Like Mystic itself, this event promises to quickly become a true New England classic. Pre-race and post-race festivities and award ceremony take place in Olde Mistick Village, where a quarter mile and half mile HMF FitKids race also steps off. Enjoy the shops, restaurants and activities the area has to offer (see the Area Guide tab for details and discounts). HMF is proud to name the Rotary Club of Mystic as the charity partner of the Mystic Half Marathon & 10K. More…

They're in need of volunteers! Go to their volunteer page for more information on how you can sign up to help. Contact Jess Hallet for more information.


Lung Force Walk

OE American Lung AssociationJoin the American Lung Association for the 2nd annual LUNG FORCE Walk on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at Great River Park. LUNG FORCE unites the community to stand together to raise awareness and funds to defeat lung cancer, the #1 cancer killer of women and men and raise our voices for lung health. Bring your unique skills, spirit and energy to the lifesaving mission of the American Lung Association.

They're looking for volunteers to help at the event with set-up of tents, the pet and children's area, face painting, cheerleaders, route signage, photographers, videographers, parking and clean up from 6:30 am to 1 pm. The LUNG FORCE walk is a family friendly, festival like event with interactive activities, face painting, music and a pet area. Proceeds from the event will help raise critically needed funds in support of the American Lung Association's lifesaving mission. All volunteers are able to receive community service recognition for their hard work, and will receive a free t-shirt and entry into our post event celebration. Encourage colleagues, friends and family members to join you in making a difference by attending the LUNG FORCE Walk.

Contact Mary Mackey for more information, or to sign up. 


On Going Volunteer Opportunities

Be a Volunteer Literacy Tutor

Literacy VolunteersAs a volunteer tutor, you can work directly with speakers of other languages in our ESOL program or you can provide Basic Literacy instruction to native English-speakers who have to overcome many challenges in order to learn English. If computers are your thing, become a computer lab assistant and assist students with our educational software and with basic computer skills. If those positions don’t fit your needs, consider lending your talents to special project committees like communications, fundraising, and special events. For more information, visit the Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford website.


Become a Hands on Hartford Volunteer

Hands on HartfordEver wonder how you could make a difference in the lives of others? When you sign up to volunteer with Hands on Hartford, you are joining a group of 2,000 individuals who get hands on and make a difference in our community. You can find opportunities that fit your schedule and interests. Have questions? Visit the Hands on Hartford website.


Become a Mandell JCC Ambassador

JCC Mandell of Greater HartfordBecome a "Mandell JCC Ambassador" and share your talents, your experience, and your energy to help make our JCC community a better place. Our JCC Ambassadors benefit from a deeper engagement in the Center while our members and staff benefit from the good will and services that our Ambassadors provide. For more information visit the Mandell JCC website.


Center for Latino Progress

indexAre you available on Saturday mornings (or some weekday evenings)?  Do you want to make a difference in the lives of Hartford teens and young adults? The Center for Latino Progress - CPRF is increasing their weekly homework help and studying group this spring starting in early March. Just 2 hours of your time, either weekly or just once or twice a month can make a big difference. Homework help and studying is done one-on-one at the 95 Park Street Center for Latino Progress offices and classrooms, just one flat mile from Downtown.

Recurring opportunity's are available on Saturdays between 9am-1pm. Each week they send out a mentor request (with time slots and subjects).  Mentors respond by email (or text message) and meet to work one-on-one on Saturday for homework help / studying session with a student on a specific subject, one they are comfortable with. Some of the pairings are recurring, so you may be meeting with the same student each week, but you don’t have to be available every Saturday to sign up. Students range from 8th grade and up to freshman in college. For more information or to sign up, email Tony Cherolis with your contact information and subjects you are most comfortable with.


Creative Living

Go help Creative Living Community of Connecticut by working alongside people with developmental disabilities in their greenhouse program! Tasks may include seeding micro greens, harvesting the greens, and packaging the product for delivery to restaurants and farmer’s markets.

Hours are weekdays from 9am to 1pm and the greenhouse is located at the Tolland Agricultural Center at 30 Hyde Avenue in Vernon, CT. For more information or to volunteer, contact Alexis Vatteroni. 

HYPE Cup players will earn 1 extra point for their team for volunteering weekdays 9-1pm, with a maximum of 5 total points earned per person. Contact Alex Koenigsberg snd tell him that you're with HYPE Cup to earn your points.


Freshplace

Freshplace is not a typical food pantry. It offers those in need fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy and meats in addition to staple items. It allows patrons to choose their own foods to meet their individual health, cultural and family needs. Freshplace also provides case management and referral services to help client’s access services that can provide assistance to help them become more self-sufficient. Freshplace is a resource, revitalizing Hartford’s Upper Albany and Asylum Hill neighborhoods and creating a center for community involvement. Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Local grocery store pick-up’s: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday morning’s all in West Hartford
  • Volunteer in Freshplace: Tuesday and Thursday 10-2pm and Saturday from 9-1 pm
  • Help unload and re-package our weekly food donation from Foodshare on Friday’s from 9-1pm.  This is a great opportunity to volunteer as a team, if this is something you are interested in.
  • Freshplace’s Saturday hours also are a great opportunity to come as a small group, call in advance to reserve.

Freshplace is open Tuesday through Saturday 10a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers can staff half of a shift, which is a two-hour block, or a whole shift, which is a four-hour block. You can volunteer as part of an ongoing commitment or as a one-time volunteer. For more information and to sign-up as a volunteer, please contact Jonathan Mitchell at Chrysalis Center by emailing Jmitchell@chrysaliscenterct.org.

HYPE Cup players will earn 1 extra point for their team for every Saturday shift (9-1pm) volunteered, with a maximum of 5 total points earned per person. Contact Jonathan Mitchell and tell him that you're with HYPE Cup to earn your points.


Girl Scouts of Connecticut

Girl ScoutsGirl Scouts of Connecticut is the largest girl-led organization serving girls and women in Connecticut. Since the formation of the first Connecticut troop in 1912, Girl Scouts has been committed to building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. With 32,000 girls and 15,000 adult volunteers, the chances to have fun, explore new things, and make new friends never ceases. They want to ensure every girl, who desires to become a Girl Scout, is given an opportunity to do so. They have girls all throughout the state looking forward to joining a troop, but can’t because they don’t have enough volunteers.

They are actively seeking new volunteer leaders to help support these girls during their Girl Scouting experience. Were you a Girl Scout growing up and ready to volunteer as a troop leader now? Do you want to fulfill your own longing to become a Girl Scout? Reach out to to become a volunteer leader! Email for more information.


Greater Hartford Arts Council - Business Volunteers for the Arts

The Business Volunteers for the Arts program aims to pair business professionals with nonprofits in the region to work together on projects, build capacity in the organizations, and provide professionals with a great opportunity to give back with real impact. Each Business Volunteers for the Arts project takes about 3 to 6 months and they range in needs. The project they are currently seeking a volunteer for is a marketing project for Southington Community Cultural Arts.

A volunteer consultant will guide Southington Community Cultural Arts through the process of writing a strategic marketing plan, which defines communications goals, objects, target markets, creative strategies, and the most effective communication vehicles for an organization. Marketing includes all written, spoken, and electronic communication with audiences, and it broadens the reach, impact, and support base for the organization. The volunteer can work with the organization to provide expert inquiry that probes and challenges current organizational assumptions. For more information, contact Community Programs Manager Amanda Roy.


Riverfront Recapture

The success of Riverfront Recapture depends on having dedicated volunteers who fill a number of critical roles, from maintaining landscapes to assisting at their festivals. With four Riverfront parks in two towns, there's always many ways to lend a hand. Volunteer with Riverfront and spend more time in the Riverfront Parks. To register as a group or an individual, or to learn more about volunteering contact Margie, Volunteer Coordinator, by email or at 860.713.3131 x 305.


Junior Achievement of Southwest New England

Junior Achievement offers opportunities for business and community volunteers to facilitate activities in local schools.   JA programs teach students in kindergarten through high school the basics of financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship.  Essentially, JA prepares young people for future success and volunteers become role models and mentors for the students we serve.  Volunteering opportunities are fun and are available in several formats: 1. JA in a Day – spend 4.5 hours in an elementary school; 2. Weekly – visit a classroom, during the school day, once a week for five to seven weeks (45 minutes each visit) or 3. Afterschool – visit a classroom, after school, once a week for five to seven weeks (45 minutes each visit).  Recruitment is ongoing. For more information, visit the Volunteer section of the JA website and/or contact Jeremy Race at jrace@jaconn.org.


Volunteer as a Cultural Navigator

Make a difference in the world of immigrants! Hartford Public Library seeks volunteer Cultural Navigators to guide new arrival immigrants as they make the transition to living in Hartford. Volunteers and new arrivals will meet weekly at the downtown Hartford Public Library over a 12-week period. For further information, please click here or contact Intercultural Liaison Nancy Caddigan at 860-695-6316 or ncaddigan@hplct.org.


Volunteer at Hartford Hospital

There are over 200 volunteer positions available at Hartford Hospital. Most of the opportunities are during the weekday, with some options open at night and on weekends. Volunteers staff the information desk, help with Art for Healing, become patient representatives and more. For more information visit the Hartford Hospital website.


Volunteer for Reach & Rise Mentoring Program

YMCAThe YMCA of Greater Hartford offers a mentor program to the youth at the Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth and Family Center. The Reach & Rise Mentoring program is a national mentoring program of Y-USA that matches children ages 6-17 with a caring adult from the Greater Hartford community. Many of these youth lack positive role models and are in communities challenged by social issues such as poverty, crime, truancy, and sub-standard housing. Through this program, the Y recruits, trains, and connects adult volunteer mentors with youth to provide direct one-on-one mentoring that will create healthy, safe and meaningful relationships. Recruitment is ongoing. For more information, visit the Volunteer section of the YMCA website.