June 2017

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4 Ways to Start Volunteering This Summer

Summer is here and now is the chance to get involved in your community. In between summer vacation and trips to the beach, sign up to volunteer and give a little bit of your time. It's no secret that volunteering reduces stress and anxiety, and makes people feel happier so jump into a local project this summer that will make a real difference. Here are four tips to get you started.

1) Do Something You've Never Done Before

If you're an avid volunteer, you may have developed a particular comfort zone or area of expertise: maybe it's education or the environment or even a career-related aspect of volunteering. If you want to really spice up your volunteering, try something completely different. If you volunteer in marketing, try copywriting instead. If you volunteer at an educational agency, try an environmental one. You'll broaden your horizons, discover new things, and best of all, you'll be able to work efficiently with other volunteers and agencies even if you go back to your old volunteer comfort zone.

2) Make It A Summer-Long Affair

Mill River Park Cleanup

On Saturday, June 17th the Stamford Mentoring Collaborative hosted a park clean up event at Mill River Park in Stamford. 32 mentors and mentees from the Boys & Girls Club of StamfordWomen's Mentoring NetworkFirst Light ProjectDomus, the Mayor's Multicultural Council of Stamford and the UCONN PEP program volunteered to clean up the park. Volunteers worked in groups and weeded the large grass area. Everyone worked hard, got to know each other and had a great time. A few sporadic rain bursts didn't seem to bother anyone, the hard work continued for over 2 hours. After volunteering we headed to the playgroup area to let the kids play and have a pizza lunch. It was a great morning that promoted teamwork, collaboration, and community service. We look forward to the next event.

June Volunteers of the Month

Since the start of 2017, we have featured a volunteer of the month that provides exemplary service to his/her community. Volunteers are nominated by agencies or community groups and we share their stories and hope that they will inspire others to get involved in their own community. This month, for the first time, we are thrilled to honor a group, our six senior interns from Darien, New Canaan, and Stamford High Schools. These six seniors have spent the last four weeks volunteering all over Fairfield County, doing outreach and taking over our social media for 25-30 hours a week. 

Peer Project Friends of Newtown Seniors

This week we are thrilled to feature Kathryn Blanco as our guest blogger. Kathryn, a senior at Lauralton Hall, is a spring intern with Volunteer Square. Each intern is required to complete a group peer project as part of their internship and to submit a reflection piece to be featured on our blog. The Volunteer Square interns have dedicated themselves to serving our organization and their own communities. We are so proud of their work and thank them for giving back.

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