Summer Volunteering

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The middle of summer is here and the volunteer scene is heating up just like the weather. Agencies are busy during the summer and need volunteers more than ever. They are also planning to kick off programs for the fall that need volunteers, so there are many available opportunities.  If you are looking to find an opportunity in your community, you've come to the right place. Here are just few things you can do to fill your day and give back to your community.

Meals and food prep is needed by many agencies. Open Door Shelter in Norwalk is currently seeking meal servers. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and you can volunteer for one meal or more depending on your time and interest. Similarly, Family and Children Agency is looking for people to purchase snacks for clients. You can provide snacks for the ASPIRE afterschool program, the Community Connections Center for homeless adults or for the women in their MOMS recovery group.  These are both opportunities with room for multiple applicants - never assume a role has been filled!

If you are interested in education and mentoring, the Stamford and Greater Bridgeport Mentoring Collaboratives are rerouting mentors to begin in September. Visit their pages on our website and send us a message if you would like to get involved. Can you make a longer commitment? School Volunteer Association of Education in Bridgeport in seeking Cross Reading Pals, Math Tutors, Reading Tutors and Book Buddies for the school year. Take a look at the opportunities and choose what works best for your schedule.

Maybe an ongoing project isn't for you, but you would like a one time event.  The 8th Annual Sunset Run For the Warriors is on August 20th in Shelton, CT. This race is dedicated to the men and women wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, their families, and families of the fallen. You can help with registration, the food and water tent and with set up and break down of the event. A great way to help out with a short time commitment!

These are just a few of the many opportunities available on VolunteerSquare.com, check out the site to see a full listing. As we head into September more agencies will likely be recruiting for fall events, so keep your eyes open for emails. Fall is a busy time of year for non-profits and as school programs are up and running again there will be many more opportunities to get involved.  Visit our website and sign up for our custom e-alerts which will keep you in the loop about local volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Plus, be sure to follow us on Facebook , Twitter, and Instagram.