Want to Volunteer?

Looking to volunteer? You’ve come to the right place! Volunteering not only allows you to make connections and build your resume through real world experience, but it gives you the opportunity to make an impact in your community by challenging and fighting social inequities.

The Center for Community Engagement and Social Research (CCESR) strives to build sustainable relationships with community partners. By building these relationships, CCESR can connect you to one-time or ongoing volunteer opportunities that assist with community identified needs. Regardless of your major or time commitment, there are volunteer opportunities right for you.

Community Partners

Connecticut Humane Society

The Connecticut Humane Society has been a private charity since 1881, providing shelter, care, and love to thousands of pets each year. Connecticut has three Adoption Center locations in Newington, Waterford, and Westport.

Volunteer opportunities are listed by location at http://www.cthumane.org/volunteer and volunteers can complete an application for a position online. 

Survivor Tails Animal Rescue

Survivor Tails Animal Rescue (STAR) is a 100% volunteer organization trying to make a difference in the lives of as many dogs and cats as possible. STAR helps people foster and adopt animals and is looking for volunteers to help. 

Volunteer opportunities are available. Volunteers can work at any time, from home and/or on the road.


Art League of New Britain

The Art League of New Britain is a non-profit and the second oldest art league in the United States. The Art League sponsors activities such as art exhibits, drawing sessions, and classes for the community.

Volunteer opportunities are available in data entry, marketing, and gallery management.

To volunteer, call 860.229.1484 with a detailed message including your name, phone number and volunteer interests

Website: https://alnb.org/home/volunteer/

New Britain Museum of American Art

The New Britain Museum of American Art (NBMAA) is a non-profit organization in Downtown New Britain. The Museum provides a wide variety of exhibits, events, classes, and educational programming for the local, regional, and national public.

Volunteer and internships are available in different museum departments. Visit for more information on how to submit application materials under the "Support Us" tab.

Contact: Colleen Mitchell, Manager of Visitor and Volunteer Services
Phone: 860.229.0257, ext. 222;
Website: https://www.nbmaa.org/volunteer

New Britain Youth Museum

The New Britain Youth Museum is a children's museum and nature center. The Museum serves both children and adults.

Volunteer and internship opportunities are available.

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Contact: Thomas J Pascocello – Executive Director, Directornbym@gmail.com 



CW Resources

CW Resources is dedicated to serving the needs of persons with disabilities through the creation of integrated vocational training and employment opportunities for those individuals who are physically, developmentally, emotionally and/or socio-economically challenged. Located right in New Britain, CW Resources currently has three major lines (business services, food services, and product services) and is looking to expand into other industries where persons with disabilities are able to meet and exceed the customers' expectations.

For more information, contact Wendy Schrlau (Communication Department) at WSchrlau@cwresources.org or Rebecca Sarvela (Human Resources) at RSarvela@cwresources.org.

City of New Britain Community Services Department

The Community Services Department is comprised of multiple divisions that provide direct contact with the public and offer a wide range of services and programs to the community. Their Divisions and their respective Commissions include: Youth and Family Services, Persons with Disabilities, and Fair Rent.

To learn more, visit: https://www.newbritainct.gov/services/community

Contact: Mallory Deprey, Community Services Program Manager, 860.826.3370, Mallory.deprey@newbritainct.gov 

CT Association for Human Services (CAHS)

The CAHS’s mission is to end poverty and engage, equip and empower all families in Connecticut to build a secure future. From their policy team to their financial capability workshops, all their programming is possible through volunteer contributions. They are always looking for new volunteers to fill a variety of positions. To learn more, visit: www.cahs.org/volunteer

Contact: Sabrina Acosta at sacosta@cahs.org, or Nick Brundage, CMS/YMS Volunteer Coordinator, at nbrundage@cahs.org

City of New Britain Community Services Department

The Community Services Department is comprised of multiple divisions that provide direct contact with the public and offer a wide range of services and programs to the community. Their Divisions and their respective Commissions include: Youth and Family Services, Persons with Disabilities, and Fair Rent.

Learn more

Contact: Mallory Deprey, Community Services Program Manager, 860.826.3370, Mallory.deprey@newbritainct.gov 

Community Renewal Team

The Community Renewal Team strives to help people take steps towards healthy and economically stable futures. They help everyone who comes through their door with resources for both immediate needs and longer-term needs. Their mission is, “Preparing Our Community to Meet Life’s Challenges.” By partnering with various stakeholders, they work to address challenges like hunger, homelessness, unemployment, and poverty.

To learn more about volunteer and internship opportunities, click here: https://www.crtct.org/get-involved/volunteer  Website
Contact: Ilana Bernstein, Director of Development, bernsteini@crtct.org, Director of HR: tonettis@crtct.org 

Madre Latina Organization

Madre Latina Organization Inc. is a non-profit organization in Waterbury, Connecticut. Their mission is to educate and empower generations of Latinas. The organization’s core focus is to equip generations of Latinas with the tools necessary to take their careers, business, and lives to the next level. Their four main programs are: Mariposa Program, Health on Wheels, The Young Representative of Waterbury and The Latino Workforce. Email info@madre-latina.com  to see what internship/ volunteer opportunities are currently available.

Contact - Yoellie Iglesias- Executive Director, 203.232.7779

To learn more information about the organization, visit their website!

Lions Club of New Britain

The Lions Club of New Britain is a non-profit service organization that serves the New Britain community. The Lions Club focuses on improving vision, overall health, homelessness, youth services, and disaster relief.

Volunteer, membership, and service opportunities available.

As a volunteer, you may be assisting club members as they conduct sophisticated vision screenings of pre-school and elementary school age children, assist club members in sorting and packing eyeglasses, or help the parents of local disadvantaged families purchase winter clothing for their children through the "Warm the Children" program.

For more information, contact Jeff Mills (President) at jbmnetmail@netscape.net

Human Resource Agency (HRA)

The Human Resources Agency of New Britain, Inc. (HRA) is a multi-service non-profit organization dedicated to increasing economic self-sufficiency among individuals and families residing in greater New Britain, Bristol, and surrounding towns. Our program divisions house a wide variety of services including early childhood education, employment and training, energy and housing, and health and wellness.

Volunteer and service learning options are available - Contact: Juan Berrios, jberrios@hranbct.org 

North Oak Neighborhood Revitalization Zone

Community members, united with police and other shareholders in the North Oak area, work together to increase the quality of life of residents and diminish criminal activity. The North Oak NRZ coordinates community clean ups, youth based/sports activities and events, and help small business thrive in the North Oak community. They can be found on Facebook for more information under North Oak NRZ.

Volunteer opportunities are available.

Contact: Manny Sandoval

Polish American Foundation

The Polish American Foundation of Connecticut, Inc. serves the community by: improving access to social services and to educational, training, and career opportunities, preserving and promoting the cultural and immigrant heritage of our state, fostering inter-ethnic understanding and international exchange. While the special focus is on Polish cultural heritage and the Polish American community, the Foundation also promotes the cultural and immigrant heritage of all ethnic groups and serves and encourages participation in our programs by all members of the community.

Service learning and volunteer opportunities are available.

Contact: Andre Blaszczynski
Phone: 860.893.0074

Polish American Foundation programs also include:

  • Sloper-Wesoly Immigrant Heritage & Cultural Center: This historic Queen Anne style mansion (listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places) is headquarters for the Polish American Foundation of CT. and a venue for many of our service, cultural, and social activities
  • Immigrant Heritage Hall of Fame: Celebrates contributions of immigrants to the economic and cultural development of our state, showcasing its diverse immigrant heritage and writing its history through immigrant and immigrant communities' stories
  • Welcome Home: Lectures, workshops, and activities designed to help the children and grandchildren of immigrants reconnect with the traditions and heritage of their ancestral homeland, also offering Polish language classes
  • Dozynki Festival: Showcasing customs of the Polish Harvest Festival, the Dozynki Festival is a celebration of Polish culture and also helps support many local charities
  • Polonia Business Association (PBA): The mission of the Polonia Business Association is to enhance business opportunity for our members and the benefit of the community
  • Little Poland Festival: PBA organizes the annual "Little Poland" Festival
  • Polish American Bar Association of Connecticut: Dedicated to legal excellence and professionalism, the CPABA aims to foster camaraderie, and facilitate networking among members of the Polish-American legal community, and to promote Polish heritage
  • Polanie Folk Dance Group: Comprised of over 70 individuals, four dance groups, a band, and a circle of singers, Polanie performs Polish folk dances and songs, garbed in regional costumes handmade in Poland. Hanna Deja is the Artistic Director.
  • International Folk Dance and Song Festival: Organized by the Polanie Folk Dance Group
  • Fryderyk Chopin Society of Connecticut: Celebrates Polish musical heritage by sponsoring piano recitals by world-renowned pianists. Member of the International Federation of Chopin Societies. Luiz Carlos de Moura Castro is President
  • Polish Society of Artists: An association of local artists focused on promoting the visual arts & fine arts
  • Broad Street Blues Band
  • Obloki Poetry Group
  • Little Poland Performance Arts

United Way of Connecticut

The United Way connects countless people in Connecticut to a wide range of community partners/services from training and employment resources, food pantries, services to assist an aging parent, affordable housing options, health and mental health resources, and so on. In addition, they have crisis response specialists available around the clock for family and personal crisis intervention.

Contact: 860.571.7500
Contact: Phil Blonski, PBlonski@unitedwayinc.org

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The YWCA of New Britain is the largest agency in New Britain dedicated to meeting the needs of women and their families. The YWCA's mission is to eliminate racism and empower women.

Service learning opportunities, internships, and volunteer opportunities are available in several departments.

Tracey Madden-Hennessey
Email: tmadhen@ywcanewbritain.org
Phone: 860.225.4681 ext. 288

Alyssa D'Amato
Volunteer Program Manager at the YWCA New Britain Sexual Assault Crisis Service
Phone: 860.225.4681 ext. 520

New Britain Fire Department

The NB Fire Department is committed to protecting and preserving life, property, and the environment, in the most professional and courteous manner possible. 

Contact: Donald King, Fire Marshall, Donald.king@newbritainct.gov 
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New Britain Police Department

The NB Police Department is committed to improving the quality of life in all of the city’s neighborhoods. They work to build partnerships with the citizens they serve, protect life and property, and prevent crime.

The NB Police Department, in conjunction with the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice from area colleges/universities, provides numerous internship programs. Interns participating in the program will observe Patrol, Detective and Community Oriented Policing functions. The program provides valuable experience for students who are interested in a career in law enforcement. Interns should be prepared to observe for a minimum of 4 hours at least twice a week for fifteen weeks. The Department limits the number of participants to 2 a semester and applicants must pass a background investigation. Placement is available during the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters. Students interested in participating should receive approval from their University Internship Coordinator. Once approval is received, contact Officer Robert Stafford.

Contact: Officer Robert Stafford.

Email: robert.stafford@newbritainct.gov

Internship Application Form

More information about the NB Police Department

The NB PD College Police Academy is an externship program for students to learn more about the profession while being in a police agency. It is offered to undergraduate students with priority given to Criminology Majors. Students typically make a 4-week commitment and travel to the agency approximately twice a week for three-hour sessions.

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Contact: Eric Dlugolenski, edlugolenski@ccsu.edu  

The Office of the Secretary of the State

The Office of the Secretary of the State continuously solicits applicants for internship opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students seeking an internship in the fall or spring semesters, as well as during the summer months.  Our mission is to provide students interested in the areas of law, government, communications and business with a rewarding educational experience.  The Secretary of the State of Connecticut is one of six elected constitutional officers in Connecticut and is responsible for overseeing a number of government functions through several divisions.

Placement Opportunities:  Executive Offices (undergraduate interns of any major, graduate interns studying public policy or survey research); Legislation & Election Administration Division (undergraduate interns of any major, law students).

Internship placements are available for the summer as well as during the school year.  Please email your résumé with a cover letter including your availability to tina.prakash@ct.gov or fax to 860.509.6131.

More information

Connecticut State Department of Children and Families

The Connecticut State Department of Children and Families (DCF) is dedicated to working together with families and communities for children who are healthy, safe, smart, and strong. DCF works to implement strength-based family policy, practice, and programs, apply neuroscience of early childhood and adolescent development, expand trauma-informed practice and culture, address racial inequities, build new community and agency partnerships, improve leadership, management, supervision, and accountability, and become a learning organization. 

DCF makes every effort to place students throughout the 14 Area Offices and Facilities. Considerations for placement are based on the skill level of the student and availability of Field Supervisors in their area of interest. Students must be pursuing a minimum of a Bachelor or Masters degree in social work or a related field to be considered for a placement. Students must consult with their respective Field Office/Faculty Advisor for approval, prior to submission of an inquiry form. Please visit this website for more information. 

Contact: dcfinternshipprograms@ct.gov

Spring: Inquiries will be accepted from October 1st until December 15th 
Summer: Inquiries will be accepted from January 15th until March 15th
Fall: Inquiries will be accepted from March 1st until May 15th 

Division of Public Defender Services

The Division of Public Defender Services is made up of three separate components: a Commission responsible for policy-making, appointments of all personnel and compensation matters; an Office of Chief Public Defender charged with statewide administration of the public defender system and the provision of specialized legal representation; and the individual public defender offices providing legal services throughout the State to indigent persons accused of crimes as required by both the United States and Connecticut Constitutions.

They offer summer, fall, and spring internships.

More information on internships

About the Division of Public Defender Services

New Britain City Hall - Community Services

The New Britain City Hall serves as a resource and advocate for better living including, housing, mental health services for disabled, seniors, and the underprivileged, and youth services.

Volunteer opportunities are available.

Contact: Mallory Deprey, Community Services Program Manager
Phone: 860.826.3370 

Office of the Attorney General

The Attorney General serves as Connecticut’s chief legal officer for civil matters, and the OAG serves as legal counsel to all state agencies. Among the critical missions of the OAG are to represent and vigorously advocate for the interests of the state and its citizens, to ensure that state government acts within the letter and spirit of the law, to protect public resources for present and future generations, to preserve and enhance the quality of life of all our citizens, and to ensure that the rights of our most vulnerable citizens are safeguarded.

Learn more about internships

Internship application

Return application to AGInternApplications@ct.gov

State of Connecticut Judicial Branch

The Judicial Branch Experiential Learning Programs offer students a variety of meaningful placement opportunities to gain valuable experience as well as develop skills appropriate to their career path. Placement opportunities include Adult Probation Officer, Assistant Clerk, Bail Commissioner, Family Relations Counselor, Jury Outreach, Juvenile Matters, Juvenile Probation Officer, Support Enforcement Officer, and Victim Services Advocate.

Learn More

Access to the Intern Portal

Torrington Office: Trecia Austin, Intern Coordinator, 860.626.2392, Trecia.Austin@jud.ct.gov 

East Hartford Office: Melissa Renna, Intern Coordinator 860.282.6581, Melissa.Renna@jud.ct.gov

East Hartford Office: Celeste Willard, Intern Coordinator, 860.282.6581, Celeste.Willard@jud.ct.gov

City Year

Looking for a chance to make a difference after graduation? Become a City Year Americorps member. Members serve paid, fulltime positions in systemically under-resourced schools to support students’ social, emotional and academic development. Primary responsibilities include relationship building, leading/organizing school programs and activities, providing one-on-one of group tutoring and mentoring, and supporting classroom instruction. Not only does the job provide schools with the additional capacity to enhance learning and belonging, but it offers you the chance to build valuable community and career leadership skills.

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CLICC (Connecting Through Literacy: Incarcerated Parents, Their Children, and Caregivers)

CLICC (Connecting Through Literacy: Incarcerated Parents, Their Children, and Caregivers) is recruiting to train volunteers to be mentors of children of incarcerated parents. We are beginning to plan CLICC presentations/mentor trainings for the fall semester. If you have students who might be interested in volunteering to mentor a child of an incarcerated parent, or if you would like us to present to your class/club/organization this fall, please let us know! At this point, we are open to presenting virtually or in person.

We anticipate our child-mentoring needs to grow in the coming months. CLICC is receiving new applications as we begin to return to seven Connecticut prisons to mentor incarcerated parents with children (ages 5-17.) A second group of CLICC mentors —many of them college students — receive training and pass a background check to mentor the children of these parents, right in their community. CLICC mentors meet one-to-one with children for one hour, once a week, for a period of one calendar year (many mentoring pairs go to a more relaxed schedule during the summer, however.)

More information

Contact: info@cliccbookclub.org 

Additional Contact information: Joy Haenlein (executive Director) jhaenlein@gmail.com

Aaron Weintraub (Program Director), weintraub.a@gmail.com 

Connecticut Alliance of Foster and Adoptive Families

The mission of the Connecticut Alliance of Foster and Adoptive Families is to strengthen foster, adoptive and kinship care families through support, training and advocacy with the aim of nurturing child safety, well-being and stability in partnership with child welfare professionals and the entire community.

Contact: Krystal Hernandez, Outreach Coordinator

Consolidated School District of New Britain

In partnership with family and community, the Consolidated School District of New Britain works to provide the best personalized and comprehensive whole-child education at every level so students will be prepared for, and positively contribute to, a profoundly different future.

Field education opportunities are available, but college students should speak to their college placement coordinator who will then communicate with the school district to arrange placements.

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Girls Inc of Meriden

Girls Inc. of Meriden provides research-based programming delivered by trained professionals focused on the development of the whole girl, supporting, mentoring, and guiding girls in an affirming, pro-girl environment.

For more information on how you can get involved, contact Victoria Merchant at 203.235.7146 or victoria@girlsincmeriden.com 

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Greater New Britain Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Inc. (Pathways/Senderos Center)

Pathways/Senderos is a youth development program that runs after school programs for children ages 11-18. The program offers tutoring, career and college exploration, wellness, recreation, and other enrichment activities.

Volunteer opportunities are available throughout the school year. Volunteers are needed for tutoring, arts, and recreation programs.

Internship opportunities may be available.

Contact:  Heather Mills, Executive Director

Email:  hmills@pathwaysnb.org
Phone:  860.229.2776
Website:  www.pathways-senderos.org

Literacy Volunteers of Central CT

The mission of Literacy Volunteers of Central CT (LVCC) is to improve the lives of adults and families through literacy. Volunteer tutors work with students in small groups of 1-4 to help them reach their personal goals while teaching them to read, write, speak English, or improve their math skills. Tutors offer life and work skill training, citizenship preparation, writing classes, higher education placement test preparation, math tutoring, conversational classes and more.

Learn more

Volunteer application

Contact: Ron Sheffer, Executive Director, ron@literacycentral.org 

New Britain Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department

It is the mission of the New Britain Parks and Recreation Department to provide the best parks and recreation facilities and most satisfying programs in the State of Connecticut. We establish and develop community partnerships and are dedicated to improving the quality of life for the diverse 72,000 New Britain residents which spans a wide range of cultures and economic compositions.

The Department offers two after school programs for elementary and middle schoolers. The job positions offered are site supervisor, wellness manager, and group leaders. Daily responsibilities include group management, planning and leading recreation and enrichment activities, homework assistance, and building meaningful relationships. Applications are accepted throughout the year, so apply now!

Learn more and fill out an application

Contact: Lindsey Smida, Assistant After School Program Coordinator, 860.826.3431

If interested in other opportunities/positions, reach out to one of the Recreation Services Coordinators: Eric Dowling: 860.826.3360 or Matt Scofield: matt.scofield@newbritainct.gov, 860.826.3358

Our Piece of the Pie

Our Piece of the Pie serves Greater Hartford and young people ages 14-24, who have one or more of the following risk factors: under-credited and overaged, Child Welfare involved, justice involved, low income and unemployed or under-employed.

Information on volunteering


Opportunity Academy (OA) is a program offered by Our Piece of the Pie. OA is an alternative solution offering overaged, under-credited students support in their educational journey through student-centered, project-based learning. Undergraduates who are majoring in education can complete field work at the school for the duration of a semester and/or school year assisting teachers and school staff in the area of Math/ELA/Science/Social Studies and/or an elective.

Learn More

OA Contact: Mrs. Sutherland, Principal, 860.761.7356

Boys and Girls Club of New Britain

The Boys and Girls Club is a diverse non-profit youth development agency that serves children ages 6-18.

Volunteer opportunities are available for education, social and recreational activities

Contact: Kayla Adams, Human Resources
Phone Number: 860.229.2865

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement (JA) is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Today, JA reaches more than 4.6 million students per year in 113 markets across the United States with an additional 5.6 million students served by operations in 121 other countries worldwide. JA is the fastest growing financial education organization, providing programs to students in Grades K-12 at no cost to the schools. JA curriculum correlates with Connecticut state standards and is delivered by trained volunteers, recruited from local businesses and the community, in partnership with classroom teachers. Programs are offered during the school day and in after-school settings. Visit http://jaconn.org for more information on how to get involved.

Volunteer opportunities are available through JA of Southwest New England.

Contact: Ashlyn Lower, Marketing & Communications Manager, ALower@jaconn.org, 860.525.4510 or Nicole Diorio, Director of Education, ndiorio@jaconn.org, 860.751.1139



Central's Jumpstart site serves low-income children ages 3-5 in select preschool classrooms in New Britain, CT. Jumpstart is one of Central’s key community partners. Every year, Central students are trained to work in teams to help local pre-school aged children to develop their language and literacy skills through reading and interactive activities. Students gain professional early childhood experience and can receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for completing 300 hours of service. 

Volunteer and work-study positions are also available.


Margot Herbert
Program Site Supervisor


Language and Literacy Lab

They specialize in the differential diagnosis of reading, writing, and language disorders for children and adults who struggle with literacy. Their goal is to provide the highest quality academic language and literacy evaluations, interventions, and instructional solutions for ALL students, especially those with the most complex and unique profiles.

Phone: 860.556.3925

New Britain Police Athletic League (P.A.L)

New Britain Police Athletic League (P.A.L) coordinates activities throughout the year that focus on leadership and character development through after school programs, activities, academics, and athletics. P.A.L. works year round with youth in New Britain. 

Volunteer and internship opportunities are available during the summer program and in the fall and spring during after school programming 

Contact: Officer Barry Hertzler
Email: bhertzler@NewBritainCT.gov
Phone: 860.827.4560

Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC)

OIC runs after school and summer youth employment programming for local New Britain youth and is dedicated to helping youth develop career and workforce readiness skills.

Volunteers are needed for after school programs that run throughout the semester. Summer positions may also be available.  

Contact: Paulette Fox (Executive Director)
Phone: 860.224.7151


ParaDYM Academy Inc.

ParaDYM Inc. provides after school programs, offering connected learning through media literacy, transmedia production, social entrepreneurship, and life skill training that prepare youth for post-high school educational opportunities and for successful transitions into the workforce.

Using interdisciplinary, media-driven extended day and out of school programs, ParaDYM Inc. provides a pathway for at-risk and marginalized students interested in pursuing post-secondary education and careers in media production, distribution, and management.

Volunteer and Internship Opportunities are available- no media production experience required

Contact: Duane Pierre
Phone: 860.202.8753


Queen Ann Nzinga Center

Queen Ann Nzinga Center (QANC) encourages young people to develop their confidence and talents holistically. QANC uses arts, music, and the humanities to help young people of all abilities to reach their full potential. Working in a multi-generational and multicultural environment, QANC weaves history, culture, and community engagement to engage, teach, and enrich participants and serve the community. 

MSW & BSW internship opportunities are available, as well as other volunteer opportunities including:

Program Assistant: serves as a mentor for youth
Administrative Support
Social Media Expert: promotes QANC events on social media
Volunteers: Currently seeking volunteers to support the Saturday Youth Development and Enrichment Program which runs from 12-5 PM.
Event Volunteers: Currently seeking volunteers during July, October, December, and March

Contact: Dayna Snell
Email: daynarenee01@gmail.com

Phone: 860.229.8389

YWCA New Britain

The YWCA of New Britain works to combine programming and advocacy to generate institutional change in three key areas: racial justice and civil rights, empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls, and health and safety of women and girls.

They take volunteers in both governance and programs/activities.

Tracey Madden-Hennessey, Executive Director 
Phone: 860.225.4681, ext. 288
Email: tmadhen@ywcanewbritain.org

Alyssa D'Amato, Volunteer Program Manager at the YWCA New Britain Sexual Assault Crisis Service
Phone: 860.225.4681 ext. 520

Olga Fritho, Director of Youth Development Programs & Adult Education Services
Phone: 860.794.2823

Learn more about volunteer opportunities


Connecticut Foodshare

Recognized as one of the most innovative food banks in the country, Foodshare has served Hartford and Tolland counties since 1982. Last year, Foodshare provided enough food for 11.5 million meals through 300 partner programs, including food pantries, community kitchens, and homeless shelters. The organization also works on stabilizing lives by making connections and inspiring collaboration among community partners, with one goal in mind: building a stronger and healthier Greater Hartford for all.

Volunteer and Internship opportunities are available.

Contacts: Edna Bailey & Gina Seay (Volunteer Services Manager)
Emailsebailey@foodshare.org & gseay@ctfoodshare.org 
Phone: 860.286.9999

Cooking Matters

Cooking Matters is a state-wide program that works with families who are at risk for hunger. The goal of the program is to aid individuals in providing healthy meals to their families, despite the limited resources they may have. Cooking Matters teaches families how to prepare healthy, tasty, and affordable meals.

Internship and volunteer opportunities are available for students. 

Phone: 203.626.7184

End Hunger Connecticut! (EHC!)

Founded in 2001, End Hunger Connecticut! (EHC!) is a statewide anti-hunger nonprofit in Connecticut dedicated to eliminating hunger and promoting healthy nutrition through outreach, public education, and legislative and administrative advocacy.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities

Contact: endhunger@endhungerct.org

Maria's Place

Maria’s Place provides the Central community with donated, non-perishable items to ensure that Central students, faculty, and staff can acquire the necessary items to fulfill basic needs.

Volunteers typically come from the department of Social Work or Psychology.

If you are from one of those departments and looking to volunteer, please email foodpantry@ccsu.edu 

Hospital for Special Care

Hospital for Special Care (HFSC) is the fourth largest, free-standing long-term acute care hospital in the U.S. and one of only two in the nation serving both adults and children. Located in New Britain and Hartford, HFSC operates on a not-for-profit basis. They are recognized for advanced care and rehabilitation in pulmonary care, acquired brain injury, medically-complex pediatrics, neuromuscular disorders, spinal cord injury, comprehensive heart failure and comprehensive inpatient and outpatient treatment for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.

Contact: Olivia Reed, Volunteer Services and Community Relations Coordinator
Email: oreed@hfsc.org
Phone: 860.827.4774
Learn more about Volunteering at HFSC

New Life II

New Life II is Connecticut’s first Black, faith-based, peer-led recovery community center. This center provides diverse, neighborhood focused trainings and support rooted in anti-oppressive philosophies and person-centered values.

New Life II has volunteer and internship opportunities for students from various fields of study. Volunteer areas include clerical support, children/families, community events, re-entry, recovery, fundraising, and more. If you would like more information, see the attached recruitment flyer. Fill out the attached application and contact Minister Maggie Taylor at mtaylor@newlife2.org 


Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood provides a wide range of reproductive and sexual health care services, including abortion. Their team of community educators reaches thousands of teens, parents and caregivers, youth-serving professionals, and health care workers with vital information on sexual health, relationships and more.

Planned Parenthood of Southern New England offers for-credit internships to ambitious and forward-thinking student interested in the following careers and fields: public health, health care administration, finance, communications/marketing, and information technology.

Contact: interns@ppsne.org 


Learn more about Planned Parenthood

The Village

The Village provides a full range of behavioral health, early childhood and youth development, substance use treatment and support services for children, adults and families in the Greater Hartford, CT region. 

Internship application 

Contact: Deborah Bradley, Vice President, Human Resources: dbradley@thevillage.org .
General phone number: 860.236.4511
Learn more about the agency


CCARC, Inc. has become the leading nonprofit in Central Connecticut dedicated to helping and supporting people with disabilities. CCARC provides day services to approximately 160 adults with developmental disabilities in its main location in New Britain, as well as employment services. CCARC also provides residential services to approximately 80 adults in a variety of community settings, transition services to bridge the gap for students who are preparing for adulthood, and Personal Enrichment through Education and Respite Services(PEERS) which provides individuals to participate in recreational experiences in the community with their peers. Additionally, CCARC offers proactive clinical behavioral and nursing services. More information about CCARC can be found online at www.ccarc.com

Volunteer opportunities and job opportunities are available. 
Contact: Charlene Swinton, VP of Human Resources
Email: cswinton@ccarc.com

The Connection

The Connection is a statewide community-based human services agency that partners with individuals and their families to provide the needed resources to improve their lives. The agency recognizes the complexity of community problems such as homelessness, mental illness, substance abuse, and community justice rehabilitation, and their programs are aimed to solve those problems.

Contact: Stacey Hofmann, MLR, Vice President, Human Resources, at 860.343.5500, ext. 1303, or at slhofmann@theconnectioninc.org 

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Community Health Center, Inc.

The CHC mission is not just to provide healthcare, but to make sure that the care we provide is the best it can be, and is what best meets the needs of our communities and patients. To do so, they offer medical, dental, behavioral health, urgent care, and school based health, specialty research, and training services.

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS: CHC requires a formal affiliation with our academic partners. Educational institutions interested in developing a new agreement should contact Jaclyn Cunningham at cunninj@chc1.com.

STUDENTS/TRAINEES: Students who are interested in securing a training/education experience at CHC must ask their educational institution to contact CHC with a request

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Community Mental Health Affiliates

Community Mental Health Affiliates (CMHA) is a leading provider of an integrated health and behavioral health care system for children, families and adults. CMHA provides a variety of services, including residential and outpatient programs for individuals who struggle with mental health and substance use issues.

Contact: Karolina Wytrykowska



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Hartford Hospital

The hospital is an 867-bed regional referral center that provides high-quality care in all clinical disciplines. It’s mission is “to improve the health and healing of the people and communities we serve.”

Volunteer contact information: 860.972.2198
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Klingberg Family Centers

Klingberg Family Centers was founded in 1903 and is a private, non-profit, multi-service agency that serves hundreds of people across Connecticut each year. Klingberg's mission is to extend hope and healing to children and families whose lives have been affected by abuse in all its various forms, including severe family problems and various emotional, developmental, and behavioral difficulties.

Volunteer mentor and internship opportunities are available.

Contact: Krystal Crockett for general information, Krystal.crockett@klingberg.org, 860.832.5503
Jennifer Sawyer (HR), jennifers@klingberg.org
T’Kai Howard (Community Services), tkai.howard@klingberg.org 


Wheeler Clinic

Wheeler Clinic provides comprehensive solutions that address complex health issues, providing individuals, families, and communities with accessible, innovative care that encourages recovery, health, and growth at all stages of life. Our integrated approach to primary and behavioral health, education, and recovery creates measureable results, positive outcomes, and hopeful tomorrows for more than 30,000 individuals across Connecticut each year. 

For more information, visit www.wheelerclinic.org. For an up-to-date listing of internship opportunities and requirements, visit www.wheelerclinic.org/internships 

Contact: Dieudonnee Kokoszka
Phone: 860.793.4434

New Britain Housing Authority

A public agency located in New Britain that manages 804 low-income housing units in seven developments throughout the city, half of which house the elderly and/or disabled with the remainder reserved for use by families.

Contact: Lisa Crettella, Director of Community Affairs & Programs, lcretella@nbhact.org, 860.225.3534 Ext. 235


New Life II

New Life II is Connecticut’s first Black, faith-based, peer-led recovery community center. This center provides diverse, neighborhood focused trainings and support rooted in anti-oppressive philosophies and person-centered values.

New Life II has volunteer and internship opportunities for students from various fields of study. Volunteer areas include clerical support, children/families, community events, re-entry, recovery, fundraising, and more. If you would like more information, see the attached recruitment flyer. Fill out the attached application and contact Minister Maggie Taylor at mtaylor@newlife2.org 


Second Chance Tiny House Project

The project creates affordable housing opportunities for individuals re-entering society after incarceration through tiny houses. The hope is to construct a supportive community where residents will have professional and peer support needed to effectively function in the world. Seeking volunteers interested in supporting the project.

Contact: secondchancetinyhouse@gmail.com, 860.400.2395


The Connection

The Connection is a statewide community-based human services agency that partners with individuals and their families to provide the needed resources to improve their lives. The agency recognizes the complexity of community problems such as homelessness, mental illness, substance abuse, and community justice rehabilitation, and their programs are aimed to solve those problems.

Contact: Stacey Hofmann, MLR, Vice President, Human Resources, at 860.343.5500, ext. 1303, or at slhofmann@theconnectioninc.org 

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The Friendship Service Center

The Friendship Center provides a continuum of services for men, women and children who are at risk or experiencing homelessness in Central Connecticut. These services range from basic outreach to those living on the streets, to emergency shelter for families and individuals, and transitional living and permanent supportive housing options for those who are transitioning out of homelessness

A range of volunteer opportunities are available based on your time and skills.

Contact: Nhi Lam, nlam@fsc-ct.org, 860.801.8803

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Hands on Hartford

Hands On Hartford is a social service nonprofit organization that serves Hartford’s most economically challenged residents in the areas of food, housing, and health. 

HOH offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for all skill levels and interests.

Note: If you are looking to fulfill required community service hours for school or court, please contact us well in advance of community service deadlines.

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Contact: Volunteer Coordinator at 860.706.1522, volunteering@handsonhartford.org

Mercy Housing and Shelter Corporations

Mercy offers permanent supportive housing programs, residential programs, shelter diversion and rapid rehousing, and day shelter services.

Mercy has a multitude of volunteer opportunities available to groups and individuals including purchasing, preparing, or serving meals, administrative support, serve on a committee, perform maintenance, etc.

Contact: Bree’Ana Johnson at, 860.808.2152, BJohnson@mercyhousingct.org 

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Neighborhood Housing Services of New Britain

Neighborhood Housing Services of New Britain (NHSNB) works to revitalize and stabilize Central Connecticut and Greater Hartford neighborhoods, making them desirable environments of choice, where diverse individuals can live, work, grow, and prosper. Special emphasis is placed on New Britain residents who live in the four Neighborhood Revitalization Zones. (NRZs) The organization serves residents in the 44-town Central Connecticut region. Foreclosure counselors serve residents across CT., and NHSNB offers classes, workshops, and housing assistance services.

Service learning, community-engaged research, and volunteer opportunities are available. Volunteers may create marketing plans, participate in community surveys, help with needs relating to the website, and more.

Contact: Sherese Ponder
Phone: 860.224.2433 Ext. 112

The Salvation Army Shelter

Shelter guests are provided with comprehensive services, including emergency housing, nutritious meals, case management, and assistance with job searches. Each shelter provides unique services, with the Marshall House Family Shelter and Waterbury Family Emergency Shelter catering to single women and families and the New Britain Men's Shelter serving men.

There are a wide range of volunteer opportunities available from working with youth as a teaching assistant to more clerical work. To find out how the Salvation Army Shelter can match your talents to one of their current needs, contact Katie Perrett: 860.702.0042, Kathryn.Perrett@USE.SalvationArmy.org 

For all Ages

For all Ages creates positive, collaborative experiences between generations to reduce loneliness and isolation. Programs range from having a Tea-Mate to chat with once a week to hosting a “Walk in the Park”. Volunteers play a number of roles including serving on the board of directors and advisory council, performing bookkeeping/accounting work, helping to design and roll out new programs, assisting with current programs/events, and more.

Visit forallages.org/volunteer for more information and current volunteer positions.

Contact: Deb Bibbins, Founder, deb.bibbins@forallages.org 

UR Community Cares Volunteer

UR Community Cares connects volunteers to help older and disabled adults. You can volunteer to help your neighbors by running errands, teach technology and more through UR Community Cares. Volunteers can make a huge difference for people living independently in their homes.

Volunteering: Recognizing this is a growing population, and knowing CCSC is a community of civic-minded individuals who want to be of service volunteers can help with household chores, gardening, grocery shopping, dog walking, etc. URCommunityCares.org website connects volunteers with residents who are in need of assistance with household chores and other tasks. It is free for Westbrook residents or groups to enroll online, complete a background check, and then schedule assistance.

Volunteer Information Flyer

Internship: Flexible and diverse learning opportunities with non-profit start-up that supports community members age 70+ or age 18+ with permanent or temporary physical disabilities. Local volunteers provide home-based services such as housework, yard work, companionship and transportation. Intern can choose focus area(s) such as business, grant funding / policy research, development of presentations to state and local agencies, social services referral programs, performance tracking and reporting, social media and website content, in addition to virtual or home visits. Work directly with president / co-founder and board. Organization was established in 2019 and is a statewide organization, serving all cities and towns in Connecticut. A good fit for passionate and energetic students who want to make a difference in their communities. Internship can include remote, virtual, and/or in person work.

To get started, visit www.URCommunityCares.org or contact Michelle Puzzo by email michellepuzzo@urcommunitycares.org .

Covenant Living of Cromwell

Covenant Living of Cromwell is the top continuing care retirement choice for senior living in the Cromwell/Hartford, CT area. We offer a warm, inclusive community in which you can create new friendships with like-minded people and get more enjoyment out of life. At Covenant Living of Cromwell, we offer spacious patio homes, single-story cottages, and distinctive studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments in our 42-acre campus. Our private assisted living residences will make you feel right at home with the assistance you need to live an active and independent lifestyle. For those who require Skilled Nursing services, Pilgrim Manor at Covenant Living of Cromwell offers far more than care. We endeavor to fulfill the lives of our residents by ensuring that they maintain the highest levels of health for mind, body and spirit.

Mission Statement: Choose a future filled with promise.  The promise that life can be even better than it is today. That you can live a happier, healthier, more engaging life. That your life can have more peace of mind. Covenant Living Communities & Services invites you to live with promise—and a future filled with friendship, purpose and security.

Our promise is based on a century-old mission to provide senior living and services that inspire joy and peace of mind—and so much more. While staying true to our faith based tradition, we offer delightful living options, innovative programs and state-of-the-art supportive services. In each of our communities across the nation, you’ll find engaging opportunities to pursue growth, health, vitality and fun—goals that turn retirement into advancement. With maintenance-free living, delicious dining options, engaging activities and wellness opportunities, you’ll enjoy the luxury of choosing how to live each day your way. Share laughter, spark friendships, contribute to your community—all with the security of support and care. A promise kept.

What types of volunteer opportunities could you offer to our students?

Interact with a variety of interesting and dynamic residents throughout the independent living, assisted living, and health care parts of our campus. Spending your time here may involve a variety of activities including but not limited to: variety of games, crafts, socializing, and so much more. Times and day vary and we would love to have you!

Contact Name: Heather Knochel, Director of Resident Services
Contact Email: HKnochel@covliving.org
Contact Phone Number: 860.854.6603

Jerome Home

Jerome Home, in operation since 1932, provides individualized senior care in a variety of settings. Care ranges from minimal assistance with chores and daily living needs to residential living, inpatient short term rehabilitation, and 24-7 skilled nursing care.

Jerome Home/Arbor Rose are located at 975 Corbin Ave. New Britain, CT.

Volunteer opportunities are available. 

Contact: Jenna Sweet (Volunteer Coordinator)

Phone: 860.229.3707

Email: jsweet@jeromehome.org  


Mothers Against Drunk Driving

MADD works to end drunk and drugged driving while offering services to support victims of these crimes.

Whether interested in volunteering once a year, or a couple times a week, MADD has a place for you. Possible volunteer opportunities include advocating for policy change, raising funds, help line volunteer, train to become a speaker at schools, etc.

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Contact: Jennifer Rossi, Lead victim services specialist, jennifer.rossi@madd.org, 203.764.2566

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New Horizons Domestic Violence Services

New Horizons is a 24-hour non-profit organization that provides services to those impacted by domestic or intimate partner violence. They offer a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, court advocacy, groups, and programs for the community.

Volunteers and Interns are welcome throughout the year.

Contact: Alyssa Martin at martinaly@chc1.com or 959.333.7636.


Prudence Crandall Center

For over 45 years, Prudence Crandall Center has been a leader in CT’s efforts to reduce the devastating impact of domestic violence in the lives of victims, their children, and our community.

Mission, “Prudence Crandall Center is dedicated to helping individuals achieve lives free of domestic violence by providing care, advocacy, support, and education.

The Prudence Crandall Center accepts interns and volunteers for both direct client services and development/community engagement. Volunteers are accepted throughout the year on a rolling basis based on available opportunities.

For Volunteer opportunities or questions, email volunteer@pccdv.org

For Intern opportunities or questions, email social@pccdv.org

For more information about the Prudence Crandall Center, visit: https://prudencecrandall.org/ 

The Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence

CCADV is a membership organization of CT’s 18 domestic Violence services agencies that provide critical support to victims including counseling, support groups, emergency shelter, court advocacy, safety planning, and lethality assessment, among other services. - Internship focus areas include: Communications/public awareness, Member services coordination, Program support, research, and community organizing for programs, Project assessment and evaluation, Public policy and Direct Service coordination/hotline

Contact: Liza Andrews: landrews@ctcadv.org, 860.282.7899

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The Connection

The Connection is a statewide community-based human services agency that partners with individuals and their families to provide the needed resources to improve their lives. The agency recognizes the complexity of community problems such as homelessness, mental illness, substance abuse, and community justice rehabilitation, and their programs are aimed to solve those problems.

Contact: Stacey Hofmann, MLR, Vice President, Human Resources, at 860.343.5500, ext. 1303, or at slhofmann@theconnectioninc.org 

Learn more about internship opportunities 

Learn more about The Connection