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. 


Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut

epilepsy foundation ctThe Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut is dedicated to improving the lives of people with epilepsy and their families. They are seeking volunteers for their 31st Annual Mud Volleyball Tournament on August 19, 2017 in Middletown, CT. Volunteer to be a Court Monitor (not a referee!) for a 3 hour shift between between 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Court Monitors are the official score collector and will oversee 4 courts. To learn more or to volunteer email Allison Gamber.


Wearsafe Women's Triathlon

The Wearsafe Women’s Triathlon on Saturday, September 9th is a sprint distance tri, conducted in a friendly non-intimidating environment, and caters to women of all abilities and ages. Participants will swim 1/2 mile in Dunning Lake at Winding Trails, then cycle 12 miles through the quiet roads of Farmington and Avon and finish with a flat 5K run on the shaded, wide dirt trails in Winding Trails.If you’ve never participated in a triathlon, this Wearsafe Women’s Triathlon is for you. Come along and experience a supportive and friendly environment for beginners and competition for the experienced triathletes. Go to their volunteer page to sign up and help out.

HYPE Cup players will earn 1 extra point for their team by volunteering and/or participating at this event. Register to volunteer at http://hartfordmarathon.com/hmf-volunteer/ and be sure to select the group "HYPE" to earn your points. If participating, send your race results to Program Director Jackie Valliere to earn your points.


Bushnell Park Foundation Park Clean Up

Summer is here and thousands are enjoying the many activities and events in Bushnell Park  - yoga, tours, movies and concerts to name just a few. They have another way for you to experience the park - volunteer to help Keep Bushnell Park Beautiful. Whether you are an individual looking to get your hands a little dirty on a weekend or a civic or corporate organization looking for a group activity, they've got some gloves with your name on them!

They're in need of volunteers on Saturday, September 9th and October 7th from 9am-12pm. Send an email to their volunteer staff to sign up!


CRCOG Bike/Ped Count

Capitol Region Council of Governments has annually conducted a bike and pedestrian count. This year, they will be conducting those counts from Monday, September 11th through Sunday, September 17th. Monday - Friday hours will be 4-6pm, and Saturday and Sunday will be 11-1pm. They're in need of your help! When you sign up you will be assigned a location and be given instructions on how to perform the count. To volunteer, contact Mike Cipriano.

HYPE Cup players will earn 1 extra point for their team for every shift volunteered. Contact Mike Cirpriano and tell him that you're with HYPE Cup to earn your points.



Arts and Craft Night

The Chrysalis Center is in need of 1-2 volunteers to host an Arts and Craft Night on Tuesday, September 12th from 5-6pm for their Family Supportive Housing Unit in Hartford. Chrysalis Center staff will be at event for support. Group 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 have games. For more details, contact Ellyn Laramie, Volunteer Manager, 860-263-441. 

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



Creative Living Community Golf Tournament

Creative Living Community of CT is looking for up to twelve volunteers to help with their annual golf tournament fundraiser on Saturday, September 16th. Duties will include monitoring holes for hole in one, closest to the pin, and longest drive. Two shifts of three hours each are available and volunteers will be paired up. The shifts are 10am-1pm and 1pm-4pm. Please email Alex Koenigsberg to sign up or for more information.

HYPE Cup players will earn 1 extra point for their team for volunteering. Contact Alex Koenigsberg and tell himthat you're with HYPE Cup to earn your points.



AIDS Walk

Join AIDS Connecticut for a scenic 5K walk around the MDC Reservoir in West Hartford, CT on Saturday, September 30, 9:30-11:30 am. The event will feature music, zumba warmups, refreshments, t-shirts, and prizes for top fundraisers. They're in need of volunteers! Contact Wendy Graveley 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.



Arts and Craft Night

The Chrysalis Center is in need of 1-2 volunteers to host an Arts and Craft Night on Tuesday, October 10th from 5-6pm for their Family Supportive Housing Unit in Hartford. Chrysalis Center staff will be at event for support. Group 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 have games. For more details, contact Ellyn Laramie, Volunteer Manager, 860-263-441. 

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



Eversource Hartford Marathon

Be part of the biggest race day in Connecticut with the Eversource Hartford Marathon, half marathon, 5K and team relay on Saturday, October 14 to motivate you to greatness. Where runners, families, charities and volunteers come together in an inspiring display of community spirit. Enjoy a top-notch marathon experience, from expo to post-race party: A plethora of resources and expertise. High-energy crowds. Pomp and circumstance filling the streets. Thorough marathon and half marathon course amenities, including fuel, pacers, security and medical services. Festive celebration in Bushnell Park with beer, a menu of food choices and live music. Special swag to support big-time bragging rights. Go to their volunteer page to sign up and help out.


HYPE Cup players will earn 1 extra point for their team by volunteering and/or participating at this event. Register to volunteer at http://hartfordmarathon.com/hmf-volunteer/ and be sure to select the group "HYPE" to earn your points. If participating, send your race results to Program Director Jackie Valliere to earn your points.


Heart Walk

OE American Heart AssociationJoin the American Lung Association for their annual Heart Walk on Saturday, October 14th at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. There are no fees to walk but they ask that you make a team and raise as much funds as you can for this great cause! Contact Wendy Schrlau for more information.

HYPE Cup players will earn 1 extra point for their team by participating in this walk. Contact Wendy Schrlau and tell her that you're with HYPE Cup to earn your points.


Movember 5k

Run your ‘stache off at the Movember 5k! Sport some face fur (real or fake – we’ll provide lots of options!), and join the 3.1 mile party from Portland to Middletown over the Arrigoni Bridge on Sunday, November 5th. Bus transportation is provided to the start of the point-to-point 5K course near Brownstone Quarry in Portland. The race ends with a post-race party on the Connecticut River at the Mattabesett Canoe Club. Enjoy a menu of hot and fresh food options and a free beer for everyone 21 and over (with ID). Awards are presented post-race for the best mustaches and beards too! Go to their volunteer page to sign up and help out.

HYPE Cup players will earn 1 extra point for their team by volunteering and/or participating at this event. Register to volunteer at http://hartfordmarathon.com/hmf-volunteer/ and be sure to select the group "HYPE" to earn your points. If participating, send your race results to Program Director Jackie Valliere to earn your points.


STARS Gala

OE Intensive Education AcademyThe STARS Gala is the Intensive Education Academies (IEA) annual evening of celebration taking place on Friday, November 10th at 6:30pm at The Riverview. Join them as they celebrate a year's worth of success and enjoy an evening fundraising for our students. They're in need of volunteers to help with registration, the auction, raffles and more! Contact Christianna Connery to volunteer.

HYPE Cup players will earn 1 extra point for their team by volunteering at this event. Contact Christianna Connery and tell her that you're with HYPE Cup to earn your points.


Arts and Craft Night

The Chrysalis Center is in need of 1-2 volunteers to host an Arts and Craft Night on Tuesday, November 14th from 5-6pm for their Family Supportive Housing Unit in Hartford. Chrysalis Center staff will be at event for support. Group 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 have games. For more details, contact Ellyn Laramie, Volunteer Manager, 860-263-441. 

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



Norwich Winterfest 5k

Come check out the Norwich Winterfest 5K on Saturday, November 25th a great race put on to benefit Reliance Health, Inc., a non-profit community mental health center. The race is open to both walkers and runners at all fitness and experience levels – a fun family event to get moving and active after the Thanksgiving holiday! Go to their volunteer page to sign up and help out.

HYPE Cup players will earn 1 extra point for their team by volunteering and/or participating at this event. Register to volunteer at http://hartfordmarathon.com/hmf-volunteer/ and be sure to select the group "HYPE" to earn your points. If participating, send your race results to Program Director Jackie Valliere to earn your points.


Blue Back Mitten Run

This festive family holiday tradition welcomes runners and walkers of all ages and abilities to celebrate the season as a community at the Blue Back Mitten Run on Sunday, December 3rd. The 5K winds through West Hartford neighborhoods, lined with homes decorated for the holidays and festive shop windows. High-fives from Santa, gourmet hot chocolate and holiday cookies await finishers in Blue Back Square. Go to their volunteer page to sign up and help out.

HYPE Cup players will earn 1 extra point for their team by volunteering and/or participating at this event. Register to volunteer at http://hartfordmarathon.com/hmf-volunteer/ and be sure to select the group "HYPE" to earn your points. If participating, send your race results to Program Director Jackie Valliere to earn your points.


Arts and Craft Night

The Chrysalis Center is in need of 1-2 volunteers to host an Arts and Craft Night on Tuesday, December 5th from 5-6pm for their Family Supportive Housing Unit in Hartford. Chrysalis Center staff will be at event for support. Group 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 have games. For more details, contact Ellyn Laramie, Volunteer Manager, 860-263-441. 

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



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.


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.


Volunteer for Reach & Rise Mentoring Program

The 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.


Become a Hands on Hartford Volunteer

Ever 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.


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.


Freshplace

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.


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.


Become a Mandell JCC Ambassador

Become 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.


Be a Volunteer Literacy Tutor

As 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.


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.


Girl Scouts of Connecticut

Girl 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.SaveSaveSaveSav