Volunteer Square Interns Serve Local Communities

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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

This holiday season I volunteered at Safe Rides, which is run out of the Darien Depot. Safe Rides provides free, safe and confidential rides to students who are not in a condition to drive home safely. I enjoy Safe Rides because it allows me to give back to my community in a more tight knit and personal way. Safe Rides is important to me because it enables students at Darien High School to build trust and relationships with people they may have never socialized with before. With many differing opinions and beliefs, Safe Rides is one thing that all students at DHS can agree on that has impacted our community for the better. The h

The holidays tend to be busy for Safe Rides, so I enjoyed being able to contribute to the advocacy of safe driving, as well as create connections with new people.

In addition to that, I volunteered at the Maritime Aquarium, which is especially busy during the holiday season for staff and volunteers, because schools are on break, and people are looking for ways to spend quality time together that is fun for the whole family. For the greater Connecticut area, The Maritime Aquarium does just that. I enjoy volunteering at the Aquarium because it is a fun and educational experience for a person of any age or background. I enjoy being able to give back to my community by educating visitors about our local marine life, as well as support the protection of our environment. For me, this service is especially meaningful during the holiday season because it leaves families with a happy memory of spending time together and learning new things, regardless of how many presents may be under their tree.

Brigitte Arcoite

This December I concluded my four month long volunteering internship experience with Harbor Watch—a small river-watching organization housed in Earthplace, Westport’s environmental learning center. From the start this project held a special place in my heart because I love environmental science and I had the amazing opportunity to learn about something I most likely never would have had otherwise. The mission of Harbor Watch is to “to improve water quality and ecosystem health in Connecticut”, and they do this through ,“research in the lab and field, collaboration with our municipal partners, and education of students and the public.” While working on this project it was really gratifying to know that our research and testing could actually have a direct impact on the legislation in our local community. Not only can I say I have some hands on lab experience, but I was also able to take the time to turn that research into a scientific presentation that we held for family, friends, and local partners in the community. I am very glad I chose to work with Harbor Watch and may continue to do so in the future.

Alexy Berson

For my holiday volunteer project, I helped out at a fundraiser for my youth orchestra, Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestra. The fundraiser took place at the Barnes and Noble in Norwalk in December 2019. We were raising money in order to support young musicians who could not afford the costs of being in the orchestra. This money was raised through donations and by mentioning the orchestra’s name at a cash register.

I volunteered for about 5 hours and I had a lot of fun talking to customers. While it was hard work getting customers to come up to our booth, it was very rewarding seeing the response me and my fellow volunteers got. Many people were kind and understood our reasoning for our fundraising. Overall, the event was a success, and brought in a lot of new funds and awareness supporting the young musicians of Connecticut.

For my holiday volunteer project, I helped out at a fundraiser for my youth orchestra, Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestra. The fundraiser took place at the Barnes and Noble in Norwalk in December 2019. We were raising money in order to support young musicians who could not afford the costs of being in the orchestra. This money was raised through donations and by mentioning the orchestra’s name at a cash register.

I volunteered for about 5 hours and I had a lot of fun talking to customers. While it was hard work getting customers to come up to our booth, it was very rewarding seeing the response me and my fellow volunteers got. Many people were kind and understood our reasoning for our fundraising. Overall, the event was a success, and brought in a lot of new funds and awareness supporting the young musicians of Connecticut.