Volunteer Community Service Opportunities

June 2019 Volunteer Community Service Opportunities

Please contact the agencies/volunteer coordinators directly and remember to notify the agency/volunteer coordinator if you are unable to participate at the last minute.  These organizations rely on dependable volunteers.

Newtown Forest Association

As a land trust, they inspect each of their properties yearly. They do these inspections for many reasons, but mostly to help preserve the properties we own in their original state. In recent years, they have acquired many new properties. Thus they are inviting local residents to help them.

Site inspections consist of walking a property, filling out a form, and taking a few pictures. In years past, it has also become a social activity, with friends and neighbors doing the inspections together. The properties range in size and difficulty, so all levels of hiking abilities can participate. It is a wonderful opportunity for volunteers to give back to their community, meet new friends, and hike new and wonderful properties. You do not need to be an NFA member to participate

Residents interested in volunteering for property inspections please RSVP at: volunteer@newtownforestassociation.org.

Trout Unlimited

This group is looking for volunteers to assist them in stream clean up, water quality testing, remediation, and helping with events. Volunteer opportunities will run throughout the year. For further information and scheduling email Michael Fatse TFM2013@aol.com

The Pootatuck Watershed Association (PWA)

Their mission is to preserve and protect the Pootatuck Watershed, the source of much of the water we drink, is looking for your help in the following areas.  Volunteer opportunities will run throughout the year. For further information and scheduling email Michael Fatse tfm2013@aol.com

Social Media

Informing and educating is an important part of what they do. They want to energize their Facebook page and do more on Instagram, Twitter, etc. They are looking for someone really into social media to write posts and help them raise their game.

Data Entry

They monitor the local rivers to ensure they remain healthy. They are the barometer on the health of our water. They gather data on temperature, conductivity and flow. They are looking for someone to handle data entry for this information and potentially assist in data analysis.

 Website Management

PWA has a website but the content is not fresh. They are looking for someone who can take their stories, data and other information and help get the website up to date.

Ben’s Lighthouse/Isle of Skoo

Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer this summer? We would love for you to join us as an Isle of Skoo Mentor for our summer camp.

Camp will be held July 15 -19, 2019 at the Newtown Community Center from 9:00 – 12:00.  We are looking for 15 Mentors that have a true passion for working with children. You will be responsible for mentoring your Mentee 3 hours a day for 5 days, so please take a minute to think about if this is something that you are excited to do.

The Mentor opportunities are on a first-come/first-served basis.  All Mentors must be able to attend all 5 sessions from 9:00 – 12:00.  After we receive 15 Mentors, we will put your name on a wait-list in case a spot opens up.

If you would like to be a mentor, please email Shannon D’Amico at sdamico@benslighthouse.org

Charter Communications

Charter Communications is offering a video production class.  Once trained, students could use the studio and equipment for community service projects, an internship, and/or their capstone project.  The class is a bit shorter than what has been done previously, six weeks as opposed to ten. It begins Tuesday, June 11 at 6 pm and we’ll have to meet with any candidates prior to that.  For more information, call  203-304-4050 or email PEG.CTW@charter.com.   Applications are required and available at www.ctv192.org .

Real Food Share

Nearly 30% of Newtown, CT residents are food insecure. Everyone in this town deserves a healthy meal whenever they want it. Become part of a five year plan to produce and secure enough nutrient dense food for those who need it.

The first phase of Real Food Share is restoring the vegetable garden at Sticks and Stones Farm off of Huntingtown Road in Newtown. We are also beginning prep for phase two (2020) which will be a network of raised beds throughout the community to supplement our production. All efforts are to support the Faith Food Pantry in town.

Real Food Share is founded on progressive strategies that stem from leading edge practices in regenerative agriculture, nutrition and functional medicine, and social economic equality. We are looking for volunteers to help with our gardening efforts; planting, harvesting, and garden upkeep all season long. We are also looking for interested participants to be part of our long term planning and strategies for the future. Please reach out to Sean Fitzpatrick at sean@33vfitness.com (917-575-6811). Thank you!

Town and Country Garden Club

Learn how to maintain a public garden.  You will water, weed, dead head and care for  plants and shrubs in a Newtown public garden.  Saturday Mornings  2 – 3 hrs. June through September.  Contact Mary Ellen Weiner  for additional information or to sign up.  meweiner151@gmail.com

Friends of Newtown Seniors-Chore Service

If you are interested in working with other students under adult supervision to offer leaf raking, general yard cleanup, and garden work assistance to seniors having problems maintaining their property please complete the volunteer form available in the Career Center and email it to info@friendsofewtownseniors.org or mail to Friends of Newtown Seniors, PO Box 413, Newtown, CT 06470.  You can also call 203.430.0633 if you have questions.

Danbury Hospital

Information on student programs and volunteering at Danbury Hospital can be found at https://www.danburyhospital.org/about-us/volunteering

Cyrenius Booth Library Annual Book Sale

Join the many volunteers of all ages who help set up and staff the annual book sale to benefit the C.H. Booth Library, which is held at the air-conditioned Reed Intermediate School. We especially need help on Tuesday, July 2 to distribute boxes of books delivered by a moving company from our storage building.

Other days available are Monday, July 1 to help set up the rental tables, and then to prepare for the book sale on Wednesday, July 3; Friday, July 5 (if the school building is open); and Monday to Friday, July 8 to 12. The book sale itself runs from Saturday, July 13 to Wednesday, July 17, and help is needed those days assisting patrons with their large orders.

Volunteer for two hours or two days or two weeks; you set your own schedule while earning community service credit.

Interested? Want more information? Contact Denise at boothbooksale@yahoo.com or leave a message at 203-270-4537. You can send a message through our FB account, too: Friends of CH Booth Library.

Women’s Center

High school students can help the Women’s Center by:

  • Starting a Club to engage in conversations about women’s issues.
  • Hold a drive to support residential facility.  Toiletries, paper goods and cleaning supplies are always in high demand.
  • Use your online presence and social media skills to share important information about Women’s Center events.  Email your state legislature to help make domestic violence, sexual assault, LGBTQI, and women’s issues a priority.
  • Sponsor an awareness event n community as part of Sexual Assault or Domestic Violence Awareness month.  You can make posters, show documentaries, hold panel discussions with community educators, etc.
  • Support youth by making paper bag puppets for Women’s Center puppet shows.
  • Help with flyer distribution for support groups, workshops and fundraising events.

Email Elizabeth.i@wcogd.org for more information.

Webb Mountain Discovery Zone

Summer Volunteers Needed For Half-Day Summer Program at Webb Mountain Discovery Zone In Monroe.

  • Are you considering a career in education?.
  • Do you enjoy working with children and the outdoors?
  • Would you like to make a positive difference for a small but
  • growing non-for-profit?
  • We are looking for energetic, outgoing current Freshmen,
  • Sophomores and Juniors to volunteer during the months of June
  • and July.

Successful candidates will be considered for future paid summer counselor and/or future paid teaching positions. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact them at

info@webbdiscoveryzone.org and provide relevant background information and experience working with children and/or the outdoors. References are strongly preferred.

Wolf Conservation Center

Their volunteers are indispensable in performing tasks that help them fulfill their mission. They couldn’t exist without you! For additional information about volunteering, please email volunteer@nywolf.org.  Onsite Help: There’s always work to be done at the Center. The jobs aren’t always glamorous, but they do all come with the benefit of getting to observe the wolves.

  • Ground Maintenance: They could always use help cleaning, cutting grass, clearing brush, assisting with the various construction tasks and projects that arise.
  • Guides: They are always looking for dynamic and engaging people to run visits and give educational presentations.
  • Assistant Guides: Assist with programs, set up and clean up while participating in the educational program as a center representative.

They require all onsite volunteers commit to at least 2 volunteer shifts per month for a minimum of 2 months and must be at least 16years old. Those interested in volunteering will need to attend an orientation that is held once a month. More details will be sent about days and times after your application is processed. Short-term volunteer opportunities and community service opportunities are available on a case by case basis. The link to volunteer is: https://nywolf.org/support-us/volunteer.

Youth Volunteer Corps Summer 2019

YVC SUMMER 2019 IN GREATER DANBURY & NEW MILFORD

YVC Summer 2018 is a six-week service-learning program in which youth participants ages 11-18,work with local nonprofit agencies and a United Way staff leader to accomplish greater service outcomes, reinforce teamwork skills, and develop a deeper appreciation for civic responsibility.

SUMMER 2019
TIME: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

  • Week 1 – July 9, 10, 11
  • Week 2 – July 16, 17, 18
  • Week 3 – July 23, 24, 25
  • Week 4 – July 30, 31, August 1
  • Week 5 – August 6, 7, 8
  • Week 6 – August 13, 14, 15

For more information and to register, go to https://www.uwwesternct.org/civicrm/event/info?id=59&reset=1

Beardsley Zoo

The Beardsley Zoo offers three excellent community service programs for high school students.  For more information, go to http://www.beardsleyzoo.org/just-4-teens/   These programs provide excellent capstone opportunities for the senior year.

HVCASA Teen Advisory Board:   The HVCASA Teen Advisory Board was created to provide our area youth with a voice regarding substance use and the general health of the young people in our region. The Friday night events are their vision for providing a substance free opportunity for fun and fellowship. All students applying for this program must commit to substance free living through a pledge signed by them and one parent or legal guardian. They will meet for dinner, discussion, projects, field trips, and guest speakers.

When: Once a month on a Friday evening 6:30-8:00 p.m. Future date June 7 Where: At HVCASA- 69 Stony Hill Road Bethel, CT 06801 How: TAB is sponsored by the Housatonic Valley Coalition Against Substance Abuse. Visit them at www.hvcasa.org. TAB meetings are directed by Joyce Sixsmith, MA, LADC, Substance Abuse Counselor/Prevention Specialist. Joyce is President of the RAM Council Foundation, Inc., with membership of nearly 100 New Canaan, CT teens committed to substance-free living RSVP: Kathy Hanley hvcasa@yahoo.com or 203-743-7741. Please use this link if you are able to sign up to bring something- thank you! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0E4DADAB2DABF49-February1

Exceptional Sidekick Service Dogs 

The Exceptional Sidekick Service Dogs in Newtown, CT, “Aims to transform lives by partnering exceptional psychiatric service dogs with children and adults with psychiatric disabilities, free of charge. Their program brings together school communities who work cooperatively to raise and train the dogs as well as educate their peers about psychiatric challenges.” They are always looking for puppy raiser homes that would not only welcome their Service Dogs in Training but also expose their puppies to all different environments. Please contact them if you would like to learn more about opening your home and heart to these dogs.

If interested or need more information, contact Abby Hill at, info@newtownservicedogs.org or go to their website, http://newtownservicedogs.org/

Ben’s Bells

If you’re 15 or older and are interested in giving back and spreading kindness to Connecticut while adding amazing experience to your college applications, then look no further, Ben’s Bells needs some kind and motivated volunteers to help.  No artistic ability necessary, they just want kind individuals!

Nationally renowned, Ben’s Bells are brightly colored ceramic works of art that are randomly hung in public places that bear a tag instructing the person who finds the bell to take it home and to remember to be kind.  In their studio, participants will either form beads with clay or have the opportunity to glaze beads.  The beads that are formed or glazed will eventually be distributed in Connecticut to fulfill their purpose of spreading kindness, one interaction at a time.

You would be assisting the Ben’s Bells Studio Assistant during studio hours or special weekend events.  As an official Ben’s Bells Volunteer, you will set tables with art supplies, provide instruction to the public, clean-up tables etc…  You will also have the opportunity to slab roll, glaze coins/beads and other minor tasks to help Ben’s Bells CT spread intentional kindness to Newtown and the surrounding area!

Please call to volunteer.  The Ben’s Bells Studio is now located at: 32 Stony Hill Road, Bethel, CT  06801. Please contactcody@bensbells.org to volunteer.

The Open Studio Hours are:

  • Tuesdays                12:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Wednesdays           12:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Thursdays               12:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Saturdays               10:00am – 2:00pm

Newtown Rehabilitation and Health Care Center

Volunteer Opportunities at Newtown Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center (Skilled Nursing Facility)

  • Minimum age of 16 to volunteer
  • Volunteer opportunities may include but are not limited to:
  • Individual visits with a resident(s) such as play a board or card game, read aloud, take a stroll, play/practice playing music instrument, create a life story review, general conversation, art/painting, crafting projects, saying the rosary, reading poems or writing them.
  • Assist during recreational activity programs i.e. transporting residents to and from program, assist resident to complete tasks/project during a craft or art group or bingo game for example.
  • Pet therapy visits (must have/be a certified pet therapy dog).

If volunteers prefer to work in other areas that do not include direct resident interaction this may include clerical work and/or maintenance work such as organizing, cleaning different areas/sweeping, folding laundry, washing dishes, rolling silverware.

First step is to fill out a volunteer application. Please email the Director of Therapeutic Recreation at recreation@newtownrhcc.com to obtain an application.  Once submitted you will be contacted to set up a time to meet with the Director of Therapeutic Recreation and take a tour of the facility, discuss opportunities. If serious about volunteering an orientation date will be provided/discussed. All interested volunteers must go through an orientation to this facility before starting as a volunteer.

New volunteers are asked to schedule their time when the Director of Therapeutic Recreation or designee is available. Once a volunteer is comfortable within the facility and routine they may discuss coming on a different time/day.

Main Street Adventures

Main Street Adventures is a children’s entertainment center.  The owner is seeking a volunteer to draw on a blank wall inside the center that incorporates the Newtown “feeling” and children’s entertainment.  This would also work as a capstone project.  Interested students should call Kayla Buckley at 203.312.4563 and be prepared to propose ideas for the mural.

Danbury Animal Welfare Society (DAWS)

DAWS is located in Bethel.  Their website lists ways students under 18 can do community service to support the rescue animals.  Their website is http://www.daws.org/youth-volunteering/

Aquarion Well Field Tree Planting Project

Aquarion needs multiple teams of two volunteers each for watering the new trees planted along the Pootatuck River, a couple times a week, possibly Mondays and Thursdays.  Basically students would sign up to water the newly planted trees on certain days which might take 1-2 hours to do, including travel time.  It would be a water bucket process of taking water from the stream. Contact Randy Walker at JWalker@aquarionwater.com.

Sandy Hook Fire Department

Interested in helping your community and making a difference in people’s lives?  Consider joining the Sandy Hook Fire Department.  Students are eligible to join as a junior member at age 14.  This is open to any student living in Newtown and Sandy Hook.  Students aged 16 and above are eligible to join as a full member.  For more information, you can drop in any Monday evening after 6:00 PM, call Kyle Shelton at 203.917.0022; email kyleshelton317@gmail.com;   or visit the website at www.sandyhookfire.com.

American Cancer Society

Newtown will not be sponsoring a Relay for Life in June this year.  Students interested in  volunteer opportunities supporting Relay For Life in nearby towns should call 800-227-2345.  Other volunteer opportunities include volunteering to help patient support programs at local hospitals, supporting the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer movements, plus other service roles.

For more information on volunteer opportunities, call 800-227-2345.

Old Glory Days

Old Glory Days, an Adult Day Care Center in Sandy Hook, is seeking student volunteers to play an instrument or facilitate a game or craft. Contact Emily Slattery at info@glorydaysllc.com  or 203-648-5983.

Camp Tepee

The Kennedy Center, a large non-profit agency that supports people with disabilities and special needs, is recruiting students, ages 13 and up, who may be interested in volunteering in camp programs this summer. We are seeking volunteers to assist children with disabilities, between the ages of 6 and 13, for Camp Tepee, a YMCA camp that has been in existence for over 60 years.    The camp, located on Rt. 59 near Rt. 25 in Monroe,  covers over 47 acres and offers lots of fun including several pools, a rope course, tennis courts, a playing field and more.   They are looking for individuals who love being outside and enjoy working with children.  They are seeking volunteers for eight of the sessions and will select candidates based upon interest, past involvement with children and number of openings, so please respond at your earliest convenience. Limited bus transportation will be available.

To apply, please complete the application and provide two references by following the link: http://www.thekennedycenterinc.org/get-involved/volunteer/.  Once they receive the completed forms, they will call to schedule an interview.

Audubon Bent of the River in Southbury

Students interested in the environment should call Kate Pratt at 203-405-9113 to volunteer

EverWonder Children’s Museum

We are looking for summer help anytime we’re open: Monday thru Friday 9-5 and weekends 11-5. We have summer camps almost every week from 9-12 and would love help there too. Please contact Meredith Christos at mchristos@everwondermuseum.org with any questions.

Newtown Historical Society

Newtown Historical Society is looking for Junior Docents to join our docent team.  Docents are guides at our historic house museum on Main Street.  We have open houses once a month except for the months of Jan, Feb, Jul, and Aug.  They are held on Sundays during the hours of 12:00 – 4:00.  Each shift is 2 hours, so either 12:00 – 2:00 or 2:00 – 4:00.  The Junior Docents will be greeting visitors, keeping track of how many visitors coming through, offer tours (once they are comfortable doing so), play with any young visitors using historic toys/games such as graces, hoops, checkers, etc., and help either open up or close up the museum, depending on the shift worked.   Volunteers are asked to commit to 2 shifts per season, so that would be a total of 8 hours a year.  You can volunteer more often, but that’s the minimum commitment asked for.  Anyone looking for more information can contact Kerri Rivera at headdocent@yahoo.com or 203-470-9374.

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding is looking for program volunteers to assist as sidewalkers and horse leaders in our riding program. No riding or horse-related experience is necessary. You must be at least 13 years old, and be able to volunteer the same day and time each week during their program. They provide training for all volunteers who assist in the lesson program, and offer further training for volunteers interested in assisting in their barn and with their herd. Most lessons take place during after-school hours and on Saturdays. We also offer a few daytime lessons during the week.  Please contact lpeters@pegasustr.org to apply and for further information.

LOF Adaptive Skiers

LOF Adaptive Skiers’ adaptive programs change the lives of individuals with disabilities and special needs each and every day. At the heart of what they do are  volunteers. Coming from near and far and of all ages, it’s the LOF volunteers who make the life changing programs possible, leaving big smiles both in participants and volunteers alike.  They offer a range of  positions at their adaptive sports organization ranging from in the office to on the water and on the slopes. These programs can count as credits for Community Service for future college enrollment. To sign up as a volunteer, call 203.426.0666 or email lofskiers@gmail.com

Newtown VNA

Student volunteer (s) needed to help clean and organize the VNA Thrift Store.  For more information call Anna Wiedmann at 203-417-3004

Commission on Aging

Volunteers needed to help pack the second floor of the Senior Center to prepare for the move to the Community Center.  For more information, call Natalie Jackson at 203.270.4310

Summer of Activism

In addition to making it a Summer of Service, www.ysa.org  is calling on students to make it a Summer of Activism.  While volunteering and service are essential to meeting immediate needs, activism and advocacy are the necessary next steps to address the root causes of the issues you care most about.  You can:

  • Develop a policy proposal.
  • Create an issue guide and educate your community.
  • Support existing organization and advocacy campaigns.
  • Organize your community for change.
  • Lead a community dialogue.
  • Become a citizen journalist.
  • Connect youth and policy makers.
  • Hold a Service Stop site visit with public officials.

More ideas can be found at www.gysd.org

Weather Delays/Cancellations

Note to Parents: weather or emergency delays and closings are always announced by direct email, on TV 3, 8, & 12 and radio stations WICC 660 AM, WEBE 108 FM, & STAR 99.9 FM, as well as on the school closing list of CTWeather.com.

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