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Volunteer Program Update
June 19, 2020
In light of the Governor’s June 17th “Reopen Connecticut” Phase 2 initiative, Chrysalis Center is prepared to welcome volunteers back slowly into some areas and has taken every measure necessary to provide a safe and healthy environment. We are going to begin allowing 1-2 volunteers a day in our Freshplace food pantry, as well as in our outdoor gardens. We will invite our volunteers back to the REC and our supportive housing sites at a later date to be determined.
In keeping with CDC Guidelines, volunteers must be 18 or older, and not at risk, including the following: those who are immunocompromised, over 60, showing symptoms of COVID-19, or live with or care for someone in any of those categories.
In addition to safety measures which have been in place since the onset of pandemic, we have increased our safety precautions, including:
Volunteering with Chrysalis Center is a wonderful way to connect with and give back to help others in your community. From one-time to ongoing weekly or monthly projects, we have a variety of volunteer opportunities that suit a wide range of abilities and interests.
Many volunteer opportunities are seasonal, and we are not always able to fill volunteer requests right away. If you need immediate assistance, please contact the Volunteer & Outreach Manager at (860) 263-4419.
Freshplace is our innovative client-choice, fresh food and case management food pantry located on our main campus in Hartford. Freshplace serves up to 100 families living in the poorest neighborhoods in the North End of Hartford. Volunteers help unload donated food, food pantry inventory and organization of the shopping area. Volunteer shifts available: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Chrysalis Center currently has gardens at its main campus in Hartford, and a two-acre food forest at Cosgrove Commons, our supportive housing site in Hartford. These gardens help clients learn how to harvest and grow their own foods, as well as make them available for Freshplace and Homestead Farmers’ Market and La Cocina Catering. Volunteers plant, harvest and upkeep gardens. Volunteer shifts are seasonal.
Grab some colleagues or friends and host a monthly bingo, game or crafts night for the residents of one of our supportive housing sites throughout Greater Hartford. Volunteers meet clients, share a pizza and have fun! Volunteer shifts available Monday through Friday evenings only, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.
Chrysalis Center’s Recovery & Empowerment Center provides members with wellness and social activities, as well as life-skills classes. Do you have a special talent? A knowledge about computers, budgeting, mindfulness? We are always looking for seasoned volunteers to work with our clients daily. Volunteers meet with clients Monday through Friday mornings.
We are excited to announce NEW REMOTE volunteer opportunities for both youth and adults which will help our clients! Virtual volunteering gives youth under 18 who are not able to volunteer onsite at Chrysalis Center the opportunity to mobilize their passion for helping others and make a difference! It is also great for adults who prefer not to volunteer in person at this time. Below are a few ideas, and we welcome other suggestions:
* Collection drives – organize a collection drive with your neighbors, friends or family! We are in need of food & toiletry items. Check out our list of needed items HERE for ideas.
* Kindness Rocks – grab some friends and paint rocks! Get creative! Fun pictures or words of hope! We will then hide them around our supportive housing sites for our clients and families to find. Finding a rock can make such a difference in someone’s day and can be held onto to and taken out when they need a positive affirmation!
* Birthday Boxes – fill a box or large bag with everything needed to help bring a birthday party to a family who can’t afford one. Fill a box (or bag) with items such as: dry cake mix, candles, party hats, etc. You can even host a drive with friends to collect items or funds to purchase them and then assemble together.
* Relax Bottles – very easy to make with a few ingredients and fill a water bottle or mason jar. They are similar to a snow globe. Watching the glitter fall slowly can be very relaxing. Our clients will LOVE them! Check out these instructions for a suggestion on how to make the bottles.
* Butterfly Feeders – create butterfly feeders which we can then install in our outdoor gardens and grounds. They will be a beautiful addition – helping to attract butterflies for pollination and give our clients a chance to experience their beauty. Link here for instructions: Try these great ideas!
* Kindness Bags – fill a large zip lock back with toiletries and other essential items for clients who are in need. You can also include a handmade card with words of inspiration. Ideas to fill the bag are: mini toiletry items (toothbrush & toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, mouthwash, comb, soap, etc.), mini Kleenex, small snacks; and optional: socks or gloves