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Connecticut Food Bank welcomes individual and group volunteers who want to help fight hunger here at home. Help us to alleviate hunger Connecticut.

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If you’re looking for volunteer opportunities in the Waterbury area, sign up here.

Or, click here to sign up your group (corporate, church, civic group).

Hot Volunteer Needs

Greater Waterbury area small groups – Needed to assist with a new senior feeding program which will ultimately provide boxes of food to 1,600 senior citizens per month. Initially, this program will operate out of our Waterbury warehouse on Eagle Street. Groups of 12-15 people are needed to pack small boxes with pre-selected food items. This will be an on-going program and your group may volunteer once, on a monthly or quarterly basis. Businesses, government offices, High Schools, faith-based and civic organizations may contact Kim Damien, kdamien@ctfoodbank.org, 203-469-5000 to arrange for a packing session to be held between the hours of 10:00-3:00 Tuesday through Friday.

Virtual volunteer(s)  Needed immediately to do a labor intensive research and Excel spreadsheet project to be completed by May 1st. You will need to come to the East Haven office for an initial visit and project review but after that may work from home on your own computer. If you have a lot of time on your hands, are comfortable with doing internet searches and working in Excel spreadsheet, and can type 35 wpm or more please contact Kim Damien at 203-469-5000 or kdamien@ctfoodbank.org

Walk Against Hunger crossing guards – Volunteers 19 years and older are needed to act as crossing guards at the Greater New Haven Walk Against Hunger on Sunday May 17. The shift time is 1:00-3:45 p.m.. The event takes place in the East Rock Park neighborhood. Volunteers will be placed in pairs at street corners to help walkers cross safely. Check-in will be at College Woods Pavilion at East Rock Park (Near Wilbur Cross H.S.). More details will be sent once you sign up. Crossing Guards are invited to stay and assist with event take-down and clean up immediately following their shift. We can take the first 50 people to volunteer. Groups are welcome. Please contact Kim Damien at kdamien@ctfoodbank.org with the names of participant(s).

Kids’ BackPack delivery substitutes – Wednesdays during school year. Volunteers must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds. The Wednesday route takes about 6 hours. Point of departure and return is always the East Haven warehouse.  Click here to get started with the application process. Volunteer must have a clean court record other than minor MV infractions.  A public background check will be done.

Corporate Group volunteering, East Haven – Need a weekday small group activity for your team of 5-10 people? Why not volunteer to sort food at our East Haven warehouse, 150 Bradley Street? A 3 hour weekday morning session or a 2 hour afternoon session can be arranged for you and your team to assist with sorting frozen meat, nonperishable items and fresh produce. In addition to volunteering, individual and corporate financial support is always welcome. Corporate Virtual (online) Food Drives can also be arranged.  Click here to get started with a date for your team.

Hunger 101 facilitators

Do you enjoy working with and speaking to  groups of students and adults? Become a Hunger 101 Facilitator. Hunger 101 is an interactive group learning experience which gives people a taste of what food insecurity really is. Participants walk in someone else’s shoes and see firsthand what it is like to struggle with poverty and food insecurity. Adult volunteers are needed for presentations to school classes, civic organizations, religious  groups and more. Locations depend on the requests received. We are looking for volunteers from throughout our six-county service area. Volunteers are needed for week days, evenings and weekends. Training provided. First time volunteers click here to complete a volunteer application. Already a volunteer? Contact Kim Damien to sign up: kdamien@ctfoodbank.org

Client Story volunteers

Help us spread awareness of hunger issues in Connecticut by telling the stories of those affected.  We are looking for energetic volunteers who are willing to visit our Mobile Pantries, GROW truck sites and food pantries to gather client stories with voice recordings, photos and videos.  Equipment is provided.  Volunteer candidates should be able to use a camera/video camera, interview clients confidently and respectfully and have their own vehicle for travel.  This is a great opportunity to see what we do directly with clients. Please contact Mary Ingarra, Communications Director at 203-469-5000 or mingarra@ctfoodbank.org.

Fundraising volunteers

We are seeking outgoing, friendly volunteers to help us staff community events during the year.  Events include food drives at local stores and companies, concerts, check presentations and much more!  Volunteer candidates should be comfortable speaking to the public about Connecticut Food Bank’s programs (training to be provided), asking for donations of food or funds and posing for photos.

 

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