February 2016

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Leap Into Volunteering!

At VolunteerSquare.com one of the most common refrains we hear from folks is that they just “don’t have the time” to volunteer. We get it. Life is hectic and there are always a lot of demands on our precious time. But this month we wanted to point out that there’s actually some extra time! That’s right – February has an “extra day” next week thanks to Leap Day!

Why not spend some of it volunteering or just searching for your perfect volunteer opportunity. There are countless ways you can get involved but we’ve pulled a few that just may pique your interest.

1) Enjoy this unseasonably warm weather by pitching in at Earthplace in Westport. They could use volunteers 18 and older to help spruce up their outdoor kiosk. Materials and tools are provided so you just need to bring your helping hands. The organization could also use help doing some grounds and trails maintenance and in the Animal Hall.

2) In Stamford, the folks at the Stamford Public Education Fund could use your help mentoring students enrolled in Stamford Public Schools. Mentors and mentees meet once a week for 40 minutes. Plus, you’ll get training and a workbook to help guide you.

Leading Man in a Supporting Role, Volunteer Shines in Westport

Tucked just off the busy thoroughfare of the Post Road in Westport behind unassuming shops and offices sits a true Connecticut gem – the Westport Country Playhouse. The iconic red barn theater has played host to a veritable who’s who of stage and screen and has enriched the cultural fabric of Fairfield County since the 30’s.

Famous faces from Henry Fonda, Susan Sarandon, Lynn Redgrave, Christopher Plummer and local legend Paul Newman, have dazzled and delighted audiences for decades. But as with many major productions, it’s behind-the-scenes where some of the real magic happens. Enter Don Quatrella.

Quatrella has been a stalwart volunteer at the Playhouse since 2005. He began as an usher and now you’ll see him in the role of waiter, bartender and auction volunteer at fundraisers, too. Quatrella is, in fact, something of a Playhouse institution, said Director of Development Kathryn Gloor.

Leading Man in a Supporting Role, Volunteer Shines in Westport

Tucked just off the busy thoroughfare of the Post Road in Westport behind unassuming shops and offices sits a true Connecticut gem – the Westport Country Playhouse. The iconic red barn theater has played host to a veritable who’s who of stage and screen and has enriched the cultural fabric of Fairfield County since the 30’s.

Famous faces from Henry Fonda, Susan Sarandon, Lynn Redgrave, Christopher Plummer and local legend Paul Newman, have dazzled and delighted audiences for decades. But as with many major productions, it’s behind-the-scenes where some of the real magic happens. Enter Don Quatrella.

Quatrella has been a stalwart volunteer at the Playhouse since 2005. He began as an usher and now you’ll see him in the role of waiter, bartender and auction volunteer at fundraisers, too. Quatrella is, in fact, something of a Playhouse institution, said Director of Development Kathryn Gloor.

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