203-272-2245 · 104 Main Street, Cheshire, CT 06410

Volunteer Opportunities for Cheshire Teens

National Organizations & Helpful Websites

AmeriCorps
https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps
AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs, made up of three primary programs that each take a different approach to improving lives and fostering civic engagement. Members commit their time to address critical community needs like increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, preparing for disasters, and more.

ASPCA
https://www.aspca.org/take-action
The ASPCA offers volunteer opportunities in a variety of fields. Regardless of your location, there are many ways for animal advocates like you to make a positive difference for animals in need.

Connecticut 2-1-1
https://www.211ct.org/
Search for volunteer opportunities by zip code.

Do Something
https://www.dosomething.org/us
DoSomething.org is mobilizing young people in every US area code and in 131 countries! Sign up for a volunteer, social change, or civic action campaign to make real-world impact on a cause you care about.

Idealist
https://www.idealist.org
Idealist is all about connecting idealists – people who want to do good – with opportunities for action and collaboration. With more than 120,000 organizations and 1.4 million monthly visitors to our English, and Spanish (idealistas.org) sites, Idealist helps people move from intention to action all over the world.

Kids for Wish Kids
http://wish.org/ways-to-help/fundraising/kids-for-wish-kids
The program allows K-12 students to raise funds and help grant wishes for kids with life-threatening medical conditions.

Nicodemus Wilderness Project – Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Program
http://www.wildernessproject.org/volunteer_apprentice_ecologist.php
Become an Apprentice Ecologist and help save wildlife and the environment in your community.

Project Linus
https://www.projectlinus.org/
Project Linus is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”

Salvation Army
https://www.salvationarmyusa.org
The Salvation Army provides social services, rehabilitation centers, disaster services, character building groups, and activities for all ages.

Serve in Your Community – Corporation for National and Community Service
https://www.nationalservice.gov/serve/search
Online resource for finding volunteer opportunities in your community.

Sewing for Charity
http://www.sewnews.com/
https://www.craftsy.com/sewing/article/charity-sewing/
https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/charity-sewing-projects-2977741
The patterns and projects listed here can fill so many community needs at places like shelters, hospitals, nursing homes and more.

Students Rebuild
https://www.studentsrebuild.org/
Students Rebuild is a collaborative program of the Bezos Family Foundation that inspires young people to connect, learn, and take collective action on critical global issues. Create simple symbolic objects that are matched by funding from the foundation to take action and facilitate change internationally.

United Way
https://www.unitedway.org/get-involved/volunteer
When you volunteer through United Way, you’re joining 2.9 million people who are giving back so others can get ahead. Make a mark in your own backyard—join our global community of game changers today.

Volunteer Match
https://www.volunteermatch.org/
Volunteer Match matches inspired people with inspiring causes. It’s how volunteers and nonprofits connect to achieve remarkable outcomes.

Youth Changing the World
https://ysa.org/
Founded in 1986, Youth Service America® supports a global culture of engaged children and youth committed to a lifetime of meaningful service, learning, and leadership. With half the world’s population under age 25, our mission is to help all young people find their voice, take action, and make an impact on vital community issues.

Local Organizations

American Red Cross Youth
http://redcrossyouth.org/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/521286634590554/
YouthInvolvement@redcross.org
1-877-287-3327
14 years & older, younger with guardian present

Artsplace
http://www.artsplacecheshirect.org/
203-272-ARTS (2787)
Joan Pilarczyk
jpilarczyk@cheshirect.org
Grades 7 to 12

Cat Tales Non-Profit Rescue
http://www.cattalesct.org/volunteer/
860-344-9043
info@cattalesct.org
15 years & older, younger with guardian present

Cheshire Fire Department Junior Membership
http://www.cheshirefd.org/content/join/
203.272.1828
Donn Youngquist
recruiting@cheshirefd.org
Age 16 to 18

Cheshire Food Drive
http://cheshirefooddrive.org/
http://cheshirefooddrive.org/contact-page/

Cheshire Food Pantry
https://www.cheshirefoodpantry.org/volunteer-opportunities/
203.699.9226 x 103
aduquette@cheshirefoodpantry.org
Age 18 and older

Cheshire Half Marathon/5K Foundation
https://cheshirehalfmarathon.org/about-us/volunteer/

Cheshire Historical Society
http://cheshirehistory.org/getinvolved
203-272-2574
cheshirehistory@che.necoxmail.com

Cheshire Public Library
https://www.cheshirelibrary.org/teens/
203-272-2245
Kelley Gile
kgile@cheshirelibrary.org
Grades 7 to 12

Cheshire Land Trust
https://www.cheshirelandtrust.org/volunteer
203-806-0258

Cheshire Lights of Hope
https://cheshireslightsofhope.com/volunteer/
(866) 747-9518

Cheshire Senior Center
http://www.cheshirect.org/senior-services/senior-center-hours-and-programs/
203-272-8286
Stephanie Ferrall
sferrall@cheshirect.org

CT Dog Gone Recovery Volunteers
https://www.ctdoggonerecoveryvolunteers.org/
860-218-3705
ctdgrv@gmail.com

Distressed Children and Infants International
https://distressedchildren.org/youth/#volunteer
203-376-6351
dci@distressedchildren.org
Grades 9 to 12, grades 7 & 8 with guardian present

Elim Park Volunteer Program
https://www.elimpark.org/giving/volunteering
203-272-3547
Allyson Palma, Director of Volunteers
apalma@elimpark.org
16 years & older

Everybunny Counts Rabbit Rescue
https://everybunnycounts.com/how-you-can-help
everybunnycounts@yahoo.com

Fidelco Guide Dogs
https://www.fidelco.org/Volunteer
860.243.5200
Volunteer@fidelco.org

Habitat for Humanity
http://habitatgnh.org/volunteer/volunteering-as-an-individual/
203-785-0794 x10
Allison Mangles, Habitat Volunteer Coordinator
amangles@habitatgnh.org
16 years & older

Hometown Foundation
https://www.hometownfoundation.org/community/volunteer-opportunities/
203-250-5668
hometownfoundation@bozzutos.com
Brianna Dacey
bdacey@bozzutos.com

Masonicare Health Center – Wallingford Jr. Volunteers
https://www.masonicare.org/about-masonicare/Pages/Volunteer-at-Masonicare-Health-Center.aspx
Maria: 203-679-5980 or Carla: 203-679-6253
MHCVolunteerDept@masonicare.org
13 years & older

Meriden Humane Society
https://www.meridenhumanesocietyrescue.com/volunteer-info
203-238-3650
volunteer@meridenhumanesocietyrescue.com
14 years and older, younger with guardian present

Relay for Life
https://www.cancer.org/involved/volunteer/relay-for-life.html

Special Olympics
http://www.soct.org/get-involved/become-volunteer/
203-230-1201 x224
Katie York
kathryny@soct.org 
15 years and older, younger with guardian present

The Yellow House
http://www.cheshirect.org/youth-services/youth-programs-and-the-yellow-house/
203.271.6690
Lauren Blackwell
yellowhouse@cheshirect.org

YMCA Cheshire Branch
http://www.sccymca.org/cheshire-volunteer-opportunities
203-272-3150 x508
Monica Napolitano
mnapolitano@sccymca.org
Grades 7-12