Many nonprofit organizations within towns ‘could not survive’ without the many dedicated hard working volunteers who willingly offer not only their time, but their expertise, throughout the year. Local schools, churches, libraries, youth groups & hospitals offer a wide array of volunteer opportunities. In addition, I’ve listed a few suggestions below to help you get started.
Wakeman Boys & Girls Club hosts numerous fundraising events throughout the year in which volunteer help is needed (in all 3 locations): Upcoming events include Freezin’ for A Reasons Polar Plunge March 23rd & the annual Spring Auction April 27th. Homework Helper, Coaching – basketball & lacrosse, the award winning mentoring outreach program at McKinley School, Workforce Development & Development Volunteer positions are also offered. Volunteer Application: GetInvolved@wakemanclub.org or email@example.com for more information.
Fairfield’s Senior Center, 100 Mona Terrace, also offers volunteer opportunities with their many programs & services, social services, craft shop & counseling services. Open Mon – Fri 9am-3.30pm. 203.256. 3166. Transportation services are provided.
Fairfield Parks & Recreation Dept. offers a Volunteer Referral Program, an April Vacation Camp, Special Needs After School Programs, an After School Chill & a Better Bowler event. To help with these please contact Program Director Kathy Morehouse at 203.556.0287 or Kmorehouse@fairfieldschools.org.
McKinley’s World Fair is held in October. Contact Chairperson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteer shifts needed 9.30 am – 12.30pm / 12.30 – 3.30pm.
The Ct Audubon Society welcomes volunteers in many ways & places: from office help, fundraisers, mailings & telephone assistance (contact Nelson North / email@example.com) to hands on animal care, bird banding & outdoor projects (contact Caitlin Holmberg at 203.259.6305 X: 118).
VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Fairfield, 777 Commerce Drive, ‘wants to enlist your services to care for terminally ill veterans living at home and in nursing homes, asstd living communities & medical centers’. You need not be a Veteran, ‘you need only the desire to remember, honor & support Americas living heroes’. Visit, drive/ accompany to appts, shopping & events. 203.455.3300.
Fairfield Museum & History Center, 636 Old Post Road, seeks good teachers & storytellers who love to share their interests with others & are also currently seeking Museum Guides to conduct walking tours of the Historic Town Green and the 1750 Ogden House for students. Contact Walter Matis for more info 203.259.1598 X. 104.
Though not in Fairfield, too good not to mention: Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk seeks volunteers throughout the year (call 203.899.0606), as does the Maritime Aquarium, also located in Norwalk. This wonderful nonprofit institution relies on the support of hundreds of dedicated volunteers. Work in aquarium exhibits, interpreting displays, welcoming, orienting & educating visitors, staff the seal pool, touch tank, shark & ray touch pool or work behind the scenes. 203.852. 0700 X. 2225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
www.savethesound.org offers numerous volunteer positions including the annual spring beach cleanup. To find out how you can help please contact: Kierran Broatch at 203.787.0646 X. 113 or log onto the website. Also try longislandsoundstudy.net & click on the ‘get involved’ icon.
Youth Volunteer Opportunities in Fairfield are also numerous. To name a few:
Wakeman Boys & Girls Club: Big Buddy program, Mentors program & the Triple Play Leadership Club seeks youth volunteers. 203.259.4805.
The CT Audubon also seeks kids ages 14 & up to help with stuffing envelopes, labels, sorting & packaging of gifts. Contact Mara Nevill 203. 259.6305 X. 103.
Operation Hope, 50 Nichols St, seeks kids ages 16 & up to help in meal serving & the Tag Sale. Please contact Katie O’Connell at 203.254.2935 or operationhopect.org.
Therapeutic Playgroups for Children with Special Needs seeks high school students interested in going into the field of Speech Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy or Special Education to assist in a fun relaxed atmosphere. Contact Denise Leverty at 203.814.2320 or email@example.com.
Fairfield’s Public Library, Old Post Rd, offers interesting opp’s & programs for teens. Contact Nicole Scherer at 203.255.7394 or http://fairfieldpubliclibrary.org/teens-volunteer.htm. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk, offers a Youth Enrichment program. 7-12th grades. Contact Alison Miner at 203.899.0606 X.240.
www.volunteersquare.com is ‘proud to partner with many wonderful nonprofit agencies & community groups throughout Fairfield County’. Visit this website for more wonderful volunteer opportunities.