Opportunities from: United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut

Volunteer: Be a Hero for a Child as a CASA/GAL

Children in Placement-CT, Inc. is a non-profit organization that trains local volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in foster care.

Our volunteers are trained to be Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Guardian ad Litems (GALs) and are assigned to 1-2 cases, acting as the eyes and ears of the court while evaluating the needs of the child and helping the child find a safe, permanent home. Volunteer work as a CASA/GAL includes visiting the child in their foster home monthly, consulting with professionals in the child's life such as teachers and therapists, exploring potential resources for the child, and advocating for the child's best interests in court. CASA/GALs do not need to be attorneys or have any other specific educational or professional backgrounds.

Research indicates that children with a CASA/GAL volunteer are significantly less likely to languish in long-term foster care and are less likely to re-enter foster care later. For many abused children, their CASA/GAL volunteer allows them to feel heard and is a source of consistency in their tumultuous lives.  

Requirements:

Be 21 years or older Commit to 2 years of service Have access to a car Participate in a 40 hour training Submit to a background check Have basic computer skills

To participate in this amazing opportunity, please contact us or fill out the volunteer application at: https://casaofct.org/volunteer/

Agency: Children in Placement-CT, Inc./CASA of CT
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >21 years old
Zip Code: 06106
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Delivery Driver

The Lutz Chidren's Museum needs a driver to deliver newsletters to area schools once every 3 months. The towns served include: Manchester, South Windsor, East Hartford, Vernon, Andover, Bolton, Coventry, and Marlborough. The driver will need to provide his/her own transportation.

Agency: Lutz Children's Museum
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 06040
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Museum Docent

This opportunity is perfect for anyone who loves working with children including teachers and future teachers. You will interact with visitors in our galleries, present short programs, maintain exhibits, provide supervision, and collect data.

Agency: Lutz Children's Museum
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >13 years old
Zip Code: 06040
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Teacher's Aide

 

Assist our Curators in museum classes in the arts, sciences, and humanities. Times will vary day to day and month to month. Flexible hours! Pick and choose which classes with which you would like to assist.

Agency: Lutz Children's Museum
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Zip Code: 06040
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Literacy Volunteers of Central CT Prospective Tutor Training

It feels good to give back! Become a Volunteer Tutor

Literacy Volunteers of Central CT will offer training for people* interested in tutoring students in reading, and writing. 

The Basic Literacy training session will be held on all of the following dates:
May 11, 15, 18, 22, 25 (10AM-12:30PM) at the New Britain Public Library.

To register, please contact Literacy Volunteers of Central CT at 860-229-7323 or

1-877-603-7323 or email lvccprogassist@gmail.com for registration or additional information.

 *must be 18 years or older and have a High School Diploma or Equivalent

Literacy Volunteers of Central CT, 20 High Street, New Britain, CT

Literacy Volunteers of Central CT helps adults and families to
improve their lives through literacy.

www.literacycentral.org

 

Agency: Literacy Volunteers of Central CT, Inc.
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 06051
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Plant-a-Row for the Hungry

Please consider joining us at Westmoor Park for fun, friendship, and community service.  Volunteers are needed from May through October from 9:00am till Noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, and on the first Saturday of each month to plant, weed, water, and harvest our bountiful vegetable garden.  Our garden harvests are donated to a local soup kitchen and Sr. Centers to help feed low income area residents.  The annual donations from Plant-a-Row have been around 2,000 pounds of fresh produce.

Agency: Westmoor Park
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >14 years old
Zip Code: 06117
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: Trolley restoration and repair (Car Shop)

Help restore old trolley cars and railroad equipment. Some of our trolleys date back to 1894. We restore cars from any condition to a historically accurate representation of its past. We also do routine maintenance and repair to our public fleet of trolley cars. Most activities are done on Saturdays. Expect to get dirty and have a good time. This is a good way for engineering majors to get hands-on experience. See our web page for current activities and photos of ongoing work: http://www.ct-trolley.org/news/restoration.php No special skills needed, only a willingness to get dirty, have fun, and learn new skills. Minimum age of 18 required. We have a special need for self starters and task leaders. Immediate need for machinists, wood workers, and metal workers. Sorry, Community Service hours are not available.

Agency: Connecticut Trolley Museum
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 06088
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Railroad (Trolley) Operations

Learn how to run a historic trolley car or simply be a conductor. Give rides to our visitors. Learn about the history of the trolley era and give short talks to our visitors. People of all ages and skills are needed on weekdays and weekends during the summer, weekends in the spring and fall, weekend nights during December. This position has a lot of interaction with the public. New operators will start training seasonally from April to July. A clean driving record. High school graduation preferred. Must be able to pass a DOT physical examination. Museum membership required. We provide training classes and hands on experience. Minimum age of 18. One to two 8 hour days per month, weekdays or weekends. Sorry, community service hours are not available with this opportunity.

Agency: Connecticut Trolley Museum
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 06088
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: United Way Readers

Thank you to our United Way Readers-our spring session is underway! This spring we are serving nearly 250 students because of their efforts. We will begin recruitment for our summer reading initiative in April and for the fall session of United Way Readers in August. If you are interested in reading one hour a day, one day a week to a child in Hartford, Enfield or New Britain, please click ‘Sign Up’ in the upper right hand corner of this page--we will add your name to the list of people we will reach out to during our recruitment process for those opportunities. 

Thank you again for your interest in United Way Readers!

Agency: United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 06106
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Easter Bunny Fun Days

Come help us celebrate the coming of spring.  We will be having our Easter Bunny Fun Days on April 8th, 9th, 14th & 15th.  We have lots of kid’s activities, a bunny in costume, bunny helpers, face painting and of course trolley rides.  It will be a fun day.  We will need volunteers for all these activities.  Come for a half or whole day, whatever fits your schedule.  Community Service hours are available if you need them for school or other needs.

 

For more info visit http://www.ct-trolley.org/events/EBFD-17/Egg17.htm

Agency: Connecticut Trolley Museum
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: runs until 04/15/2017
Agency Requirement: >16 years old
Zip Code: 06088
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: Second Chance Shop Volunteer

The Suffield Auxiliary of The Village for Families & Children is looking for new members from Suffield and surrounding towns to support the efforts of our store, Second Chance Shop Suffield. 

Second Chance Shop Suffield is an upscale secondhand shop in the heart of downtown Suffield, run entirely by a volunteer Membership Auxiliary.  All proceeds from the shop benefit The Village for Families & Children, an organization in Greater Hartford that works to build a community of strong, healthy families who protect and nurture children.   

Membership Requirements:

Be at least 21 years of age. Ability to work a 3.5 hour shift each month in the shop (shifts are 10am-1:30pm & 1:30pm-5pm, Monday-Saturday). A minimum of one-year commitment is requested.  Members are required to pay $10/year in dues.  These dues help fund mailing costs, a membership directory, and social events.

 

Perks of Membership:

You will be supporting an extraordinary organization!  All the money from the shop benefits The Village for Families & Children.  Learn more about The Village at www.thevillage.org You will have exclusive opportunities to learn more about the work of The Village at the Hartford campus. You will become part of an incredible community of volunteers!  Each shift at the shop has at least two members, and there are two to three social events each year.
Agency: The Suffield Auxiliary of The Village for Families & Children
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >21 years old
Zip Code: 06078
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Human Resources or Vocational Support Volunteer

We are looking for a volunteer with experience in the HR or Vocational support fields or similar area and up-to-date knowledge of today’s job search process.

Duties include:  Meeting one-on-one with unemployed professionals to assist with any of the following: resumé refinement, career coaching & job transitioning, interview preparation, or similar job search skills.

Location:  Meet with clients at your public library or other neutral space. If desired, some meetings can be here at Jewish Family Services in West Hartford. Position is part of the well-known and highly-regarded JETS (Jewish Employment Transition Services) program, which is nonsectarian, open to all those seeking employment, and largely volunteer-driven.

Day(s) and Time(s) needed:  You set your own schedule. If meeting clients here at JFS, you can choose a block of time to be here. Work 1 hour per week up to…whatever you wish!

Agency: Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford
Opportunity Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >21 years old
Zip Code: 06117
Allow Groups: No