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Update on COVID-19

Volunteer Square understands the concern over the spread of COVID-19 throughout the country and now here in Connecticut. The safety of our volunteers and community is our highest priority. If you are scheduled for a volunteer shift, please call ahead to make sure the agency is still allowing volunteers and to find out if there are additional protocols in place for people entering the building. We can all work together to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following each agency's safety procedures

Some ways you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 include:

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

• Stay home if you are sick – volunteers should call the volunteer coordinator to let them know they are sick and will not be coming in for their volunteer shift.

Volunteer Square Interns Serve Local Communities

For over three years now,Volunteer Square has been very fortunate to have a talented group of high school interns. Each year the program grows and we welcome high school students that are committed to serving their local communities and promoting volunteering among their peers. During the 2019 holiday season, several of our interns participated in volunteer projects and wrote about them for our blog. We would like to highlight their work and share with the community the good work they are doing to help make a difference. We hope their stories will inspire you to get involved with something you are passionate about. If you are a high school student that would like more information about the internship program, visit our website to learn more and apply!

Volunteer Square Interns Volunteer During the Holidays

Connor Downs

On December 7, Saint Theresa's Apostolic Youth held a blanket making pasta dinner. The youth group sold tickets for the event at previous masses. The dinner was held in the school cafeteria after the 4:30pm mass. Volunteers served pasta, salad and bread to blanket makers. After dinner was served, the youth group helped out with the blankets. In total the group made 100 blankets. The blankets are donated to a shelter in Bridgeport called The Center for Family Justice, Caroline House and Griffin Hospital. The blankets are given to children who have suffered domestic abuse.

Amy Watkins

Volunteering In The New Year

Happy New Year! As we enter 2020, I'm sure you've thought about your New Year's resolutions. While some of the most popular resolutions are to be more healthy and go to the gym, another very popular resolution is to volunteer and get involved in your community.  At Volunteer Square, we encourage everyone to give back to their communities, but we also know that resolutions have the habit of being placed on hold, neglected, or abandoned altogether as the year moves along. We want to help you keep your volunteer momentum going all year so we put together a list of tips. Feel free to use some or all of them and share them with your family and friends as you plan your 2020 volunteering.

Stay up-to-date on volunteer opportunities here in Connecticut by signing up for our custom e-alerts and you can catch us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram too!

Tips for Volunteering All Year

1. Be Specific

Saying you want to volunteer is a very broad term. Doing what? What type of agency do you want to work with? What types of problems are you interested in solving? Just knowing what you really want to do as a volunteer will make a big difference in your commitment to your goals.

2. Create sub-goals

So your goal is to volunteer and you’ve established a specific direction. Then what? Continue creating a path for yourself on your road to New Year's volunteering in 2019. Maybe you want to volunteer in order to meet one new person every day. Maybe your goals could be work-related, such as writing one new press release every day that you volunteer. Be creative!

3. Be Realistic

Spreading Holiday Cheer To Seniors In Norwalk




For the second year in a row, the team from Gault Family Companies, used their creative skills to spread some holiday cheer. Employees from their Westport and Bridgeport offices spent the first week of December making 50 handmade holiday cards for the seniors in Family and Children's Agency's Home Care Program. There is something special about a homemade holiday card. When you open the envelope, you can immediately feel the love and care that was involved in making it.

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During the holiday season, seniors are sometimes overlooked as people are donating to toy drives and events for families. The FCA Home Care staff were thrilled to receive this gift from Gault and can't wait to deliver them to their clients over the next week.

7th Annual High School Essay Contest Winners

AND THE WINNERS ARE...

The 7th Annual Volunteer Square Teen Essay Contest, in partnership with Hearst Connecticut Media, has come to a close. We received 116 essays from 41 high schools across Connecticut this year, by far our best year yet! The essays submitted truly represented how volunteering impacts the lives of teenagers in Connecticut.

Thank you to everyone that submitted an essay and to all that helped us promote this year's contest. Special thanks to our partners at Hearst Connecticut Media and to the Volunteer Square Advisory Board for reading every essay and helping us choose the winners. 

And now, without further ado, we are thrilled to announce the 7th Annual High School Essay Contest Winners. 

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