Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in volunteering at the Fairfield Public Library? We’d love to have you! Print and fill out this form and drop it off to us next time you visit, fill out this form online, or email volunteers@fplct.org.

Looking for other volunteer opportunities in the Fairfield, CT area? Try one of these places below.

Adam’s House  241 Coram Ave. Shelton, CT 06484  203-513-2808
adamshousect@gmail.com

Adam’s House and the Adam Wysota Foundation support children and families coping with the death of a loved one. A healing place in Shelton, CT, Adam’s House provides grief education programs to families looking for empathy, guidance and support. Volunteers can provide tours, answer phones, greet families, work on event committees or assist with office work.

American Cancer Society 38 Richards Ave, Norwalk, CT 06854   203.563.1514
Kelsey Mcgettigan Kelsey.Mcgettigan@cancer.org
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer.

American Red Cross  CT phone contact: 877-287-3327  CTRIvolunteer@redcross.org
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of SWCT   203-366-3766
Tabitha King, Intake Coordinator
Tabitha.king@bbbsswct.org
Provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Bigelow Center for Senior Activities and Friends of the Bigelow Center 100 Mona Terrace Fairfield, 203-256-3166
Julie DeMarco jdemarco@fairfieldct.org ; Catherine Rotanz  cathrotanz@gmail.com
Provides services and programs for older adults that promote well-being, support independence and encourage involvement in community life.

Bridgeport Caribe Youth Leaders  1067 Park Ave. Bridgeport, CT 06604  203-296-9008
Mike Ayala, Director of Community Outreach mayala@bcyl.org
Caribe is a youth development organization serving nearly 700 youth yearly from ages 5 to 18 via enrichment programs and activities under their Sports, Education and Community platforms.

Bridges by Epoch at Trumbull Memory Care 2415 Reservoir Ave, Trumbull, CT 06611  203-397-6800
Daniella Tarakovsky  dtartakovsky@bridgesbyepoch.com
Bridges® by EPOCH at Trumbull is designed to give our memory care residents as much independence as possible.

Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind, Department of Rehabilitation Services, STATE OF CT 184 Windsor Avenue Windsor, CT 06095 860-602-4129 Lori St. Amand. Volunteer Coordinator, 800-842-4510 x4129
The Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind (BESB), within the Department of Rehabilitation Services provides resources, comprehensive low vision services, specialized education services, life skills training, case management, and vocational services to individuals of all ages who are legally blind and to children who are visually impaired. BESB is seeking volunteers to drive, shop, visit and assist with paper-based tasks for neighbors who are legally blind. Shifts are flexible and based on mutual agreement but 6 to 8 hours per month are preferred. Volunteers should be caring and compassionate but capable of setting limits with others. If you can work independently yet maintain a positive attitude and complete required paperwork on time, this is a perfect opportunity for you.

Caring Hospice Services 45 Church Street Stamford, CT 06906 203-674-8380, 800-390-2998
Peggy Mayo  pmayo@caringhospice.com
Caring Hospice is a unique, holistic and cost effective service designed to meet the social, emotional, spiritual and physical needs of our patients and families as they face terminal illness. Our mission is to coordinate patient and family services while respecting their choices, values and beliefs.

Catholic Charities of Fairfield County, Inc. Thomas Merton Center 238 Jewett Ave Bridgeport, CT 203.416.1503 203-367-9036 ext. 15  skuczo@ccfc-ct.org
Catholic Charities puts faith into action by providing food, housing, mental health, adoption, immigration, family support services to the needy and vulnerable of all faiths in Fairfield County.

Center For Family Justice   753 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06604   203 334-6154 x128
Beth Fitzpatrick, Community Relations Manager  bfitzpatrick@centerforfamilyjustice.org
The Center for Family Justice breaks the cycle of abuse and violence – domestic, sexual and child – by providing services that create hope, restore lives and drive social change through education and community collaboration.

CIRI, Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants 670 Clinton Ave. Bridgeport, CT 06605 203 336-0141 volunteer@cirict.org
CIRI is a statewide nonprofit organization that assists refugees and immigrants resolve legal, economic, linguistic and social barriers so that they become self-sufficient, integrated and contributing members of the community. The Institute achieves this mission by providing a compassionate array of high-quality legal, social and educational programming and by promoting cross-cultural understanding and decent treatment for all.

CLASP Homes Community Options   246 Post Road East, Westport, CT  06880  203-226-7895, ext 127
Jeannine Howard  claspcco@aol.com
CLASP creates and supports family environments for people with autism and intellectual disabilities, believing that each life should be full of dignity, joy, laughter, friendship and interesting choices.

Constellation Hospice 14 Westport Ave, Norwalk, CT 06880, 203-845-8000
Catharine Lloyd, Lead Volunteer Services Coordinator clloyd@constellationhs.com
Give the gift of time…all year long by becoming a hospice volunteer. Visiting patients nearing end of life is not only uplifting, it is an incredible opportunity to bring joy and companionship to your neighbors in Fairfield. This experience will brighten many lives….as well as your own.

Discovery Museum  4450 Park Ave. Bridgeport, CT 06604    203-372-3521 x136
Tana Barnes tbarnes@discoverymuseum.org
Help to promote STEM literacy by volunteering your time at Discovery. There are many ways to use your skills and expertise to help at the Museum and make a difference in our community.

Fairfield Museum and History Center 370 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT 06824 203-259-1598
Walter Matis education@fairfieldhs.org
The FMHC believes in the power of history, art and humanities to inspire the imagination, stimulate thought and transform society. Their vision is to use history to strengthen community and shape its future.

Fairfield CARES Community Coalition, the town resource for healthy choices established in 2009, is a town-wide organization of parents, school representatives, local business leaders, law enforcement, clergy, counseling professionals and youth services organizations. Fairfield CARES is dedicated to preventing underage drinking and substance abuse, increasing awareness of the risks of addiction, promoting healthy choices and behaviors to increase personal wellness, and strengthening community well-being and resilience. There are many opportunities to become involved with the coalition as a parent volunteer or youth committee member. All are welcome at our monthly coalition meetings.   Visit our website and social media, subscribe to our mailing lists or email us at fairfieldcares@fairfieldcares.org  for more information.

Fairfield CERT – Community Emergency Response Team  Seasonal – Annual class begins in March.  For more information, please contact Norma Peterson, Fairfield C.E.R.T. liaison at citizencorps@optonline.net or call the Fairfield Fire Department at (203) 254-4720.
This annual training prepares people to help themselves and their community in the event of a major emergency or disaster.

Friends of the Fairfield Public Library  1080 Old Post Rd. Fairfield, CT 203-254-5124 volunteers@fplct.org
Interested in volunteering at the Fairfield Public Library? Choose from many areas of interest –  Ambassador/Greeter; Book Sale, Computer Lab Assistance, Hospitality ,Friends Marketing & Publicity, Fundraising/Membership/Advocacy, Adopt a Shelf, Homebound /Day Care delivery of Library materials, Distribution of Library flyers, brochures and catalogs, Art Committee , Sewing Assistant.  Print and fill out this form and drop it off to us next time you visit, or fill out this form online.

Fairfield County SCORE  111 East Ave. Suite 317, Norwalk, CT 06851; 203 831-0065
Contact Tim Ryan,   tim.ryan@scorevolunteer.org    fairfieldcounty.score.org/volunteer
SCORE provides free mentoring to entrepreneurs and small businesses and offers education programs including webinars and local workshops. Share your talents and expertise with the small business community.  At SCORE, we celebrate our mission through values such as Volunteers Matter and Lifelong Learning. All new members are trained to fulfill their roles effectively and are expected to reaffirm their commitment to SCORE’s mentoring methodology and code of ethics annually.

Fairfield Theatre Company  70 Sanford St. Fairfield, CT  06824   203-259-1036
Grant Brucia grant@fairfieldtheatre.org   
FTC relies on volunteers for a variety of activities including helping with events, ushering, distributing posters and fliers, working on the facilities, and fundraising or marketing assistance.

Fairfield Women’s Exchange  332 Pequot Avenue  Southport, CT  06890   (203) 259-5138
loosepearls@gmail.com; cksheehy@gmail.com; nancypjura@gmail.com
Our mission is two-fold: by providing a showcase for various forms of art, we are helping the creators help themselves.  Second, by donating our proceeds to charities that promote the mental and physical well-being of women and children, we are providing assistance to those striving to remake their lives.

Freedom Isn’t Free Ride Foundation  2490 Black Rock Tpke, Suite 201, Fairfield, CT  06825  475-255-9694  Sabine and Russell Edgett    RussellJEdgett@gmail.com
Helping homeless veterans, the Freedom Isn’t Free ride Foundation™ is a non-profit organization which raises money to assist veterans who fall through the cracks and do not qualify for other assistance in getting housing. No one who fights for their country should have to come home and fight for a place to live.

Habitat for Humanity 37 Union Street New Haven, CT 06511 (203) 785-0794   
Eileen Bakos Ebakos@habitatCFC.org
The mission of Habitat for Humanity International (HfHI) is the elimination of poverty housing by building simple, decent houses for God’s people in need. To further HfHI’s mission, the mission of Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven is to work in partnership with families and the community. We welcome people from all faiths–or none–to join us in helping to eliminate poverty housing.

Hadassah 14 Sprucewood Lane Westport, CT 06880 (203) 307-1319
profl@sbcglobal.net  Sally Kleinman, President
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is a volunteer organization that inspires a passion for and commitment to its partnership with the land and people of Israel. It enhances the health of people worldwide through its support of medical care and research at the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem. Hadassah empowers its members and supporters, as well as youth in Israel and America through opportunities for personal growth, education, advocacy and Jewish continuity.

Hay Burr Inn Equine Rescue & Sanctuary 169 Black Hill Road Plainfield, CT 06374 hayburrinn@gmail.com
Hay Burr Inn’s all-volunteer staff is dedicated to saving the lives of horses that are victims of starvation, neglect, abuse, bound for slaughter, or whose owners are unable to provide for their needs. It is our goal to rehabilitate and restore the physical and emotional health of the horses and find them a loving home, or continue to give them the special, intensive care they need to live out their days in peace.                                         

ITNCoastalCT, Inc. PO BOX 231 Westport, CT 06881 203 858-2001 Heather Steeves Heather.steeves@itncoastalct.org   MCitron@jseniors.org Heather Steeves; Nancy McCormick; Miri Citron
The mission is to provide a community-based, community-supported, economically viable and consumer-oriented, quality transportation service for seniors and adults with visual impairment.

Jewish Senior Services 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604 (203) 365-6417
Ellen Ashkins, Director of Resident Life  EAshkins@jseniors.org
Our purpose is to preserve and strengthen the quality of life of individuals and families in our community in accordance with Jewish values. A broad array of high quality services is provided in a compassionate, professional and cost effective environment of excellence. Our goal is to allow seniors in the community to remain living at home independently for as long as possible. JSS needs volunteers in the following areas: Hospice volunteers, Work Activity Center volunteers, Adult Day Care volunteers, transporting Residents to activities and programs within JSS, friendly visiting, music, art, ceramics, teaching Spanish, students in Rehabilitation fields (OT, PT, Speech)  and assist in households.

Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County 835 Main Street Bridgeport, CT 06604
(203) 382-0180 Meg Melagrano   MMelagrano@JAWCT.ORG
We are empowering young people to own their economic success. Our volunteer-based K-12 programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire kids to dream big and reach their potential.

Junior Women’s Club of Fairfield   P.O. Box 1092  Fairfield CT  06825   Jen Hinkle  jenhinkle@att.net
The JWC is a collection of women from Fairfield and nearby towns who together promote educational, philanthropic community service work. Through its many service projects and activities the JWC provides members with the opportunities for personal enrichment, leadership experience and social interaction.

The Kennedy Center 2440 Reservoir Ave. Trumbull, CT  06611  203-365-8522 x 2044  Melissa Lawrence, mlawrence@kennedyctr.org  or volunteers@kennedyctr.org
The Kennedy Center empowers people with disabilities to reach their full potential.  Headquartered in Trumbull, Connecticut and serving Fairfield and New Haven Counties, The Kennedy Center is one of the largest and most highly regarded community rehabilitation organizations in the state.  We support the special needs of infants, children, teens, adults and seniors who have intellectual, developmental, mental health, physical, and other disabilities, focusing on their individual needs, dreams and aspirations while supporting them to thrive in their communities.

LifeBridge Community Services (LifeBridge) 475 Clinton Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06605  Marlene Kinchen  203 368-5634  mkinchen@lifebridgect.org
Our mission is to empower people in the Greater Bridgeport area to build a brighter future. We are our clients’ champion. We listen to them, we teach them to change, we hold them accountable, and we campaign on their behalf. Our goal is to move them from crisis to stability, and to greater levels of self-sufficiency. They define the need. LifeBridge delivers the programs to meet the need.

Lighthouse After School Program    45 Lyon Terr. Bridgeport, CT 06604 203 576-7252   
Michele Dias   Michele.Dias@bridgeportct.gov    Tammy Papa   tammy.papa@bridgeportct.gov
The Lighthouse Program provides a safe environment that complements school day learning and fosters intellectual, artistic, cultural, physical, social and emotional development of children by partnering with and supporting the efforts of family, school and community. Children, youth and adults are provided opportunities to become independent lifetime learners as well as innovative, creative, and productive citizens.

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Bridgeport   925 Broad St, 3rd fl. Bridgeport, CT 06604 203-576-7012  Kathy O’Shea koshea@bridgeportpubliclibrary.org Lisa Wolfeiler lwolfeiler@bridgeportpubliclibrary.org
Works to actively promote literacy by identifying adult literacy needs in our community and meeting those needs through direct literacy services.  Recruits, trains and guides volunteers to teach other adults in the Bridgeport area to read, write and speak English. Tutors and students work together for a minimum of two hours per week. Learning takes place in small groups or one-on-one.

Make a Wish 126 Monroe Turnpike Trumbull, CT 06611 (203) 261-9044   Nicole Miles nmiles@ct.wish.org
A wish experience can be a game-changer for a child with a life-threatening medical condition. This one belief guides us in everything we do at Make-A-Wish®. It inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve. It compels us to be creative in exceeding the expectations of every wish kid. It drives us to make our donated resources go as far as possible. Most of all, it’s the founding principle of our vision to grant the wish of every eligible child. We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Masonicare Home Health and Hospice 412 Roosevelt Drive, Derby, CT  06418
Donna Marx,  dmarx@masonicare.org
Hospice is a philosophy of care designed to provide dignity, caring, emotional, psychosocial, spiritual and physical support at the end of life.  Masonicare is a statewide provider of home health and hospice care and the largest provider of senior healthcare in Connecticut.  Hospice volunteers are a crucial part of our team and are always needed to provide a variety of support services to our patients such as companionship and respite for caregivers.  A free and thorough training process is provided as well as strong ongoing support, continuing education and regular in service opportunities.  Our volunteers frequently tell us that they “gain more than they give”.

Mercy Learning Center (MLC) 637 Park Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06604 203-334-6699 Lynn Gabriel lynn.gabriel@mercylearningcenter.org; Nicole Marino nicole.marino@mercylearningcenter.org; Jane Ferreira jane.ferreira@mercylearningcenter.org
The mission of Mercy Learning Center (MLC) is to provide basic literacy and life skills training to low-income women using a holistic approach within a compassionate, supportive environment. As a volunteer tutor we will match you with one or more students. You will work with your students to teach them English conversation skills, reading, writing, social studies and civics, science, math, or to prepare for the GED® exam. What you teach depends on your areas of interest. No teaching experience is required! You will receive all the training and support you need at MLC from our staff.

Mid-Fairfield AIDS Project 618 West Ave Norwalk, CT 06850 203.855.9535
To act as a direct and indirect service provider and advocate for all those affected by HIV/AIDS and other co-morbidities; to create lasting solutions to prevent the spread of HIV/HCV, recurring homelessness and addiction through education, prevention programs, collaborations and housing initiatives.

Near and Far Aid P.O. Box 717 Southport, CT 06890-0717 203-259-1710 Ariane Mermod ariane@optonline.net  
Near & Far Aid, an all-volunteer fundraising and fund granting organization, is dedicated to eliminating the causes and effects of poverty in Fairfield County. We accomplish our mission by finding and funding programs that provide life’s most basic necessities, as well as those that seek to achieve lasting change.

New Covenant Center 174 Richmond Hill Ave.  Stamford, CT 06902   203-964-8228 x 416 
David Lovegreen, Volunteer Coordinator DLovegreen@CCFC-CT.org
The mission of New Covenant Center is: “to provide a nutritious meal to all those who are hungry. By creating a safe, warm and compassionate environment, we are taking the first steps toward empowering men, women and children to reach their full potential and regain their dignity and self-respect.” Many opportunities available.

nOURish Bridgeport 2200 North Ave. Bridgeport, CT 06604 203-335-3107 Lynn Hudler lynn.hudler@yahoo.com
Food-centered and volunteer powered. A direct service provider bringing hope to the Park City through food, educational and support programs.

Off The Streets, 549 Stratfield Rd., Fairfield, Ct., 06825, 203-590-1501
Off the Streets is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization that works with local social service agencies to assist homeless families and individuals to gain permanent housing. Donations and fundraising make it possible for us to work with the homeless who have monthly incomes but are unable to raise the security deposits. With homeless worries behind them, self-esteem grows, and a sense of community develops. Please contact us for information on volunteering.

Operation Hope 636 Old Post Road, Fairfield CT 06824 203-292-5588 ext. 207   
Donna Schmidt dschmidt@operationhopect.org
Operation Hope provides the opportunity for individuals and families to experience transformative change. By addressing basic needs for food and shelter, as well as offering long-term solutions to hunger and homelessness, including affordable housing, life skills training and personalized clinical support, we help people reach their potential in an environment where compassion inspires dignity and hope.

Park City Pickin’ It Up  203 337-6345     
Angie Staltaro Angie.Staltaro@Bridgeportct.gov
Join the effort to make the City of Bridgeport the cleanest city in Connecticut.  Meet your neighbors and make new friends.

Regional Hospice 203-702-9558 / Laura Cordeira, Volunteer Director / lcordeira@regionalHospiceCT.org    
Spending time with a volunteer often allows patients to forget about their serious medical issues and focus on enjoying activities.  Visit our patients – your neighbors – at their homes or in facilities in your community.  Training provided for all volunteers.

Salvation Army  Serving Connecticut and Rhode Island      Katie Perrett, Volunteer Coordinator, Kathryn.Perrett@use.salvationarmy.org    860-702-0042
The Salvation Army’s mission is to meet basic human needs without discrimination.  Our goal is to help individuals and families deal with the many challenges they face in their daily lives through social, educational, emotional and spiritual development.  All of our programs and services are designed to support an develop self-sufficiency and hope.  The Salvation Army operates programs to assist those most in need including: shelters, school readiness programs, homeless prevention, social development and recreational programs for children and young adults.

Save the Children 501 Kings Hwy E – Suite 400, Fairfield, CT 06825 203-221-4000
Diane Perillo    dperillo@savechildren.org
Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. By transforming children’s lives now, we change the course of their future and ours.

Soroptomist International of Greater Bridgeport  203 673-6345   Angie Staltaro Angie.Staltaro@Bridgeportct.gov
Soroptomist is an organization for and by women who use their collective power to help other women transform their lives and the lives of their families.

Southwestern CT Agency on Aging 1000 Lafayette Blvd., 9th Fl. Bridgeport, CT 06604 203-814-3671 Nancy Lombard   nlombard@swcaa.org
Supports services such as nutrition, in-home care, legal, health, adult day care/respite, transportation, senior centers and outreach/social support.  SWCAA researches and evaluates elderly issues, offers community education related to the needs of the elderly, and serves as an advocate for older individuals. It is a resource for information and referral to services for older adults, such as health insurance, housing, and in-home care.

State of Connecticut, Department of Veteran’s Affairs 287 West Street Rocky Hill, CT 06067
860-616-3603 Tammy Marzik Tammy.marzik@ct.gov

Triangle Community Center 650 West Ave, Norwalk, CT 06850 203.853.0600 x104
Bryan Rivas, Special Events Manager:  Bryan@ctpridecenter.org 
Triangle Community Center empowers and advocates for LGBTQ people in Connecticut through programming focused on health, community and learning.

United Way of Coastal Fairfield County 855 Main Street, 10th Floor, Bridgeport, CT 06604
(203) 334-5106
Every hour of every day, people in Connecticut turn to United Way of Connecticut for help.
We work with partners in the state government, local United Ways and Connecticut’s communities to implement strategies that can lead to community impact with the goal of helping to meet the needs of Connecticut residents by providing information, education and connection to services.

Wakeman Boys and Girls Club  
Southport Clubhouse – 385 Center Street, Southport, CT  06890  
Tim Cepetelli   tim@wakemanclub.org  203-259-4805
Smilow-Burroughs Clubhouse – 2414 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT  06605  
James Murphy   james@wakemanclub.org      203-908-3378
Volunteer opportunities are available for Tutoring, Coaching, College Prep, Fitness, STEM, Arts, Mentoring, Career Planning and more.  Resource Development/fundraising volunteers are also sought to support the amazing work done throughout the organization.  Click on the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club link for an extensive listing of our potential volunteer opportunities.